Woodworking for Kindergarten

This post is not about my garden or my chickens but since it is my blog, I sometimes post other things.

I want to start with labels,titles, descriptions and the ways we are addressed in our lives.  I’ve had many and still have many.  One of my absolute favorites is “grampa”.   I have 8 grandkids, they are all smart, talented, obedient, good looking, polite and many more things.  OK! I’m biased, just a little.

When my first granddaughter was in kindergarten, I contacted her teacher to see if I could come to her class and do a “wood-sculpture” with the class. And so it started, last Friday I went to my grandson’s kindergarten class (he is number 6) and the class of twenty made their own “wood-sculpture”.  His teacher was very happy to have me come and knew what to expect since she had my granddaughter (number 5) three years before.

“Wood-sculpture” is what I call it.  Each kindergartner is given a 7 inch square piece of plywood and scrap wood pieces that they glue together to form what ever they want.  I love watching and helping in this project.  Watching their little minds, their imaginations and the skills they have now, to build, create and wonder is just fascinating.

Grayson and Grampa 5/10/13

Grayson and Grampa 5/10/13

Wood Sculpture 5/10/13

Wood Sculpture 5/10/13

I’m a cabinetmaker and a frugal yankee (more labels) using scrap plywood for this is a great form of recycling.  I can organize and deal with these twenty kids for an hour quite successfully, how teachers do it day after day  i do not know.  They have my admiration and respect for what they do.

I had a wonderful time.  Thank you for letting me visit your class.

Grayson’s Grampa

  1. I saw your truck in the parking lot when I went for a quick ride during lunch. I was hoping to leave a note on my way back, but you were already gone.

    Anyway – Grayson came home all happy on Friday and there’s no question why.

  2. Ah kindergarten….i spent many years there. Fun, yes. Exhausting, definitely. People all thought it was such an easy job until they spent a little time volunteering…then they got it. But what a nice day you must have all had. Gluing stuff was always a big hit as I recall. And how proud your grandson must have been to have HIS Grandpa be the star of the day.
    A fun time was had by all I am sure. Good for you. Now go back to your quiet garden/workshop and relax!

    • Thank you. I’ve made it to the garden and the computer but not to the shop yet. So much to do this time of the year in the garden.

  3. Hi Ed — I wish you could pop over to Galway and do your woodworking sculpture class for my son’s class — they’d love it. If only there were more grampa’s like yourself! All the best, jools o’gorman

    • Thank you. There are more grampas like me out there. I know some tough grumpy guys that turn to marshmallows when their grad-kids are around.
      It might be interesting taking the plywood squares and boxes of wood scraps thru customs and airport security. Maybe not.

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