Nicole Alderman wrote:We were watching the stonemasonry video in this thread (https://permies.com/t/86990/art/Mastercrafts), and my four year old was really into it. He also has a lot of destructive energy, and I know I loved smashing rocks with hammers as a child, and I thought it might be even more fun to give him a small chisel and mallet (and goggles, of course!). Is this a good or bad idea? Are there child sized mallets and chisels for working in stone? I found some for working in wood.
Sarah Milcetic wrote:allow children access to all tools and supervise rather than teach. I may not be quoting him quite right since it’s been many years but this is the appproach we take with our kids and the older two knew how to use a knife with skill by age 2. Our 7 year old built us a deck for outside our RV stairs after watching carpenters building our house and collecting scraps from the house. He’s also built signs, a shed and repaired pallets etc. No teaching necessary! We just give them role models, access to the tools and supervise early on but don’t teach. I love it because they are figuring out so much on their own and coming up with ideas I may not have.
Joel Bercardin wrote: I don't believe that girls will never be interested in learning carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, masonry, etc but even if I search for stuff about dads teaching these things to sons the online articles and videos seem very, very few. What gives? Are there some little-known, hard-to-find sites or threads out there that I just haven't come across?
What do any of you know?
Jennifer Richardson wrote:“I don't believe that girls will never be interested in learning carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, masonry, etc”
Weird, I feel like almost all the kids I know who have shown real interest in carpentry or masonry have been girls, and there have been quite a few. I know a couple boys who were very geeked out on electronics, but that’s about it, and it was more in a building robots way than a “let’s replace the breakers” way. No one of any gender so far seems interested in helping me with the plumbing, alas! All the plumbers I know ended up there purely for economic reasons. I myself like carpentry and masonry, don’t mind plumbing, and detest electrical and mechanic work.
Joel Bercardin wrote:After making the post above quite a few days ago, I thought I’d probably see other Permies posting about how they’ve taught their kids to use tools (for practicality, or for art) — or perhaps some links revealing that there’s actually more videos or text-and-pic pages on the internet about this topic than I’ve thought. I applaud Nicole’s original post in this thread. But after mine, no further posts.
So I thought I’d offer a suggestion. My daughter is grown up, so I’m not in a position to develop such vids or pages here on our place. But since many of you are now raising kids, why not consider doing a vid or two, or an illustrated page or two? Show how you’re working with your kids to teach safe & effective use of tools to make, build, sculpt, or whatever.
Jennifer Richardson wrote:I feel like today maybe the reason I see more girls interested in this kind of stuff is partially because artsy/crafty type stuff is seen as more for girls? And the girls have lots of projects they want to build, playhouses and garden stuff and stage sets for playing pretend and elaborate castles for their pets, and they want to paint it all and dress up to play in it, etc. so it’s not like they all want to be diesel mechanics when they grow up or something. The boys are mostly into sports and video games and don’t seem to putter around as much as the girls I know. Used to they built deer stands and worked on cars as they got older, but now people just seem to buy/pay for that stuff instead.
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