A few thoughts on the subject…
Minecraft and the Tinkering School (it’s a camp) have me inspired to use power tools and knives more with the kids.
Dad gave us kids toolboxes and tools and wood and glue as kids and that was cool. We all had swiss-army knives when we were little too.
Here is an example of tools and a workbench on offer at day care. Cool. I mean, as a SVS-aficionado and all, I think it should be up to kids whether they want to do anything with any of it, but having it available is nice too.
Ah well, anyway, I just wanted to collect a few links and articles and ideas floating around in my brain. Kiddos (all of us!) just love doing stuff that is REAL so much, that’s basically all I wanted to acknowledge. This is (one of the many) beauties of things like SVS, and cohousing. Can’t get more real than that! People living and doing stuff. Awesome!
– Life Size “Lincoln Logs” – still contrived. fancy “forts”? life-sized Magnatiles?
– The Agenda Restated by James Kunstler
– MAKE and Made by Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World
– Story of building a harpischord at SVS (The Kingdom of Childhood: Growing Up at Sudbury Valley School By Daniel Greenberg, p136)
– 11 tools to get for your kids — a good list!
– http://woodgears.ca/ – has some nice beginner plans for woodworking
– simple solar projects are good places to start for DIY solar (see builditsolar.com for more…)