Education through Woodworking Play – Build With Me
Education through Woodworking Play

Education through Woodworking Play

Education through Woodworking Play

As you know, building an education is easily disguised through play and is not always about your ABC’s and 1,2,3’s. We are proud to work with Schools and Centres across NZ, providing woodworking activities that support all areas of the curriculum, teaching our young tamariki everything from maths to motor skills.

Making woodworking available at your ECE/School can support the early and continual development of skills, further developed through the schooling system:

  • Pincer Grip

When our tamariki first start School, one skill that is taught relatively early, is how to write their name and a strong and well-formed pincer grip is required to hold a pen/pencil properly to master this early skill.

Woodworking requires the pincer grip in many ways – picking up nails and screws, using stubby screwdrivers and small tools, holding a nail or screw steady in place, and marking out lines on woodwork creations.

Hammering a nail

  • Building confidence to tackle and learn new challenges

We are not all born with an abundance of confidence, and it is natural for us to manoeuvre around obstacles, rather than face them head on. We therefore need to teach our Tamariki that working through a difficult challenge is worth the effort, builds a sense of pride and the confidence they build as a result, allows them to approach and even embrace, further challenges with much more ease. 

tipping nails onto bench

Woodworking is an activity that helps to build these lifelong skills.  It requires concentration, fosters creativity and as a result, our tamariki learn that perseverance pays off.

  • Development of Gross and Fine Motor Skills

One of the primary benefits of engaging in woodworking projects, is the enhancement of both gross and fine motor skills. From handling small pieces of wood to using tools like rulers and saws, tamariki develop their pincer grip and hand-eye coordination, laying a strong foundation for more complex tasks later in life. Using hammers also supports coordination, upper body strength and grip strength. 

Hammering in a nail

  • Introduction to Mathematics:

Measuring wood provides an excellent opportunity for tamariki to learn and apply mathematical concepts in a practical context. As they measure and cut pieces of wood according to specified dimensions, they develop an understanding of length, width, and height. This hands-on experience helps reinforce abstract mathematical concepts and makes learning more tangible and enjoyable.

Reading instructions

  • Problem-Solving Skills:

Our mini projects and activity sets, involve following instructions and problem-solving along the way. tamariki learn to troubleshoot issues such as misaligned pieces, fostering resilience and perseverance. These problem-solving skills are invaluable both inside and outside the classroom, preparing tamariki to tackle everyday challenges with confidence.

Holding a dog mini project

  • Creativity and Imagination:

While following instructions is essential, our Build Box projects also encourage creativity and imagination. As tamariki work with wooden pieces, they have the freedom to design and experiment with different designs and configurations, sparking their creativity and allowing them to express themselves artistically. This blend of structure and creativity fosters a well-rounded approach to learning and development.

Build Box

  • Preparation for School:

Working with wood, even helps to prepare tamariki for success in school by introducing them to fundamental skills in a fun and interactive way. From understanding measurements to fostering critical thinking, the benefits extend far beyond the confines of their workshop.

Through building, there is both communication and collaboration as they share ideas and learn to listen to others. Tamariki develop a love for learning and a sense of accomplishment that will serve them well as they progress through their academic journey.

At Build with Me, we are committed to supporting the development of our tamariki by creating activities that build lifelong skills. We work with each centre/School, identifying their individual needs and providing affordable carpentry that is enjoyed by all.

If you would like to discuss how we can support you and your tamariki, simply email us at or click here for further information