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Traditional Woodworking for Kids: Branchwood Bulldozers

  • 465 Ohanga Road Onaero, Taranaki, 4383 New Zealand (map)

This project came about when I was taking NaturePlay classes at Urenui school. Wondering what would a suitable project for the 7 - 8 year olds I watched them one-day at play-time and observed that well over half, both boys and girls, spent most of the time in the sandpit. The idea of the bulldozer sprang to mind and I made a prototype that night. I taught them the next week and it was a total hit and caused quite a hilarious scene in the sandpit for the next couple of weeks, quite a traffic jam, with sandpit real-estate in high demand.


This project teaches the children whittling, sanding, fitting, splitting, screwing and finishing. The main body is avocado wood which is incredibly lightweight and easy to work but strong with no pith wood. Its an ideal medium for children to start on. They will use craft knives, rasps, drills, an old fashioned tool called a fro, hand saws and sand paper.
A great project for children to begin with.


Cost: $45 per child, parents free.


Venue: 465 Ohanga Road, Onaero (25 mins north of New Plymouth near beuatiful Urenui)