My first through 4th grade students worked on their tool boxes.
The following is from Ethel J. Alpenfels' "Anthropology and Social Significance of the Human Hand":
Because the human hand is an organ of performance, it is not surprising that the hand should "manipulate" ("to lead by the hand") the human vocabulary. The hand receives the "mandate" (from Latin "manus," for "hand,"plus "dare," "to give") from the brain, and to "manage" is to govern, direct, or control. Thus, man "commends" (which originally meant "to place in one's hands") and "commands," both words related to "mandate" and, therefore, to the Latin "manus," for "hand."My contention is that to make things by hand is so essentially human, that we are wired for it, and to neglect it leaves us diminished in our humanity. The following article helps to explain: Making it Better.
Make, fix and create...