Tuesday, May 12, 2015

making toy horses

Today in wood shop, my first, second and third grade students made toy horses, just as we did a number of years ago and was shown on youtube.

Make, fix and create...


  1. Love the video. This is a great way to demonstrate the workshop activities and how you work with and interact with the children. This is a great way to help inspire, promote and empower others that may want to do the same but are not quite comfortable taking the leap.

  2. Joe, teaching wood working to kids is far easier than becoming good at it yourself. You really don't have to be an expert. You do need to be watchful and attentive and demonstrate some sound techniques. Yesterday my first and second graders told me that they want to have wood shop every day.

    I told them that I need a bit of recovery time, and they told me that there are 24 hours in a day, and that I can go home and sleep at night just as they do.

  3. Thanks Doug. I was most focused on your application of the sloyd principles…“in increments that nourish[es] the continuing and expanding interests of the child.” (quoted from your blog). You demoed just enough to get the children started (train set in motion) and then from there you provided subtle guidance and support as necessary (to keep train from getting totally off track) – and most importantly – offered constant feedback to most all their comments and actions – acknowledging what they said/did but also expanding a bit to help spark further interest and provoke more thought. If a picture is worth 1000 words, a video has got to be more. Any additional opportunities for capturing your workshop activities like this would be much appreciated.

  4. Joe, I do have a few more videos on my youtube channel.


    Most of the good ones were done 5 years ago, and I realize that I need to do more.