We introduced some real tools in our activities last week.
Initially you may think swapping lightweight plastic toys to the real thing may be rather risky! But in doing so we encourage the children to handle tools carefully.
Giving the children first hand real play experiences has great benefits; It encourages children to play and explore, develops risk assessing for themselves and promotes responsibility and independence. There are many more benefits to list but more importantly they find using real tools more fun and exciting! 🙂