Children's Styrofoam Tool Bench

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What You Need:

  • Large chunk of Styrofoam
  • Golf tees
  • Hammer (preferably the kind for kids)
  • Table surface

What You Do:

  1. Take a large chunk of Styrofoam and place it on a surface low enough for your child to reach comfortably. (he floor would probably work best for this activity).
  2. Give your child a cup of old golf tees and let them practice placing them into the Styrofoam with one hand, their hammer in the other. It may take them awhile to get the hang of pounding something so small into something so big, without banging their fingers!
  3. The best thing is this activity is relatively quiet (the Styrofoam doesn't make much noise) and it actually helps your child build up his fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. When they tire of golf tees, look around the house for items that can be hammered into the Styrofoam. Try chopsticks, pencils or even old crayons.
  4. The risk with Styrofoam is that there is always the potential for a mess, so make sure your chunk of Styrofoam is solid enough that it won't break into a million pieces.
  5. When he's done, he'll have made a masterpiece sculpture to boot!

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