Ashley from Lovely Commotion has so many great resources on her site. Her Kindergarten Readiness series has given me some great points to think of during Bear's last year of preschool.
Homemade Hammering Fun Materials:
- Piece of Styrofoam (as large or small as you want it)
- Piece of fabric big enough to cover the Styrofoam
- Straight pins (with no head) or glue gun
- Golf tees
- Child sized hammer
Start by covering the Styrofoam with the fabric. I wrapped mine like a present, to make it neat and easy to handle. I used straight pins to adhere the fabric to the Styrofoam block. I did not use the pins with the large balls on top, but rather the flat headed pins that I could wedge deep into the Styrofoam to prevent little ones from getting them out. But, if you would feel more comfortable, glue the fabric to the block using a glue gun (note that the fabric will not be reusable after gluing). Covering the Styrofoam helps keep it from breaking apart into little pieces all over your carpet J
Using golf tees and a child sized hammer, model how to hammer in the ‘nails’. This activity is a great way to practice hand/eye coordination. You may need to start some of the ‘nails’ into the Styrofoam for beginners. Once one side of the block is well used, turn it over to start playing all over again!
My son (2 years old) and I had lots of fun hammering together. We had different colored golf tees, so we also practiced color recognition too! It is a simple and easy to piece together activity. Give it a try!
Ashley is the owner of Lovely Commotion, a blog all about early learning. She has taken some time off teaching in a traditional setting to be at home with her young children. Ashley is now an in-home childcare provider, teaching her own and other children in her preschool room. Ashley has a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education with a Master’s Degree in Reading and Literacy. You can find her here: