The first, 2nd and 3rd grade students love nothing better than having a "free day" in the wood shop where they make what they want... within reason. No dining sets this year, or things too large to fit safely in the van for the trip back to the elementary school campus.
The photo above shows that if first grade students mix enough colors together, they get brown.
"All the great early Italian masters of painting and sculpture, without exception, began by being goldsmith's apprentices... they felt themselves so indebted to, and formed by the master craftsman which had mainly disciplined their fingers, whether in work on gold or marble that they practically considered him their father, and took his name rather than their own." -John Ruskin