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Little Explorers experiment with a Hand Drill

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This week, after inspiration from my Dad’s shed,  I came across the perfect tool for using with children at Forest School.

Tool use is not necessary for a successful Forest School programme but it certainly gives a different dynamic on how children can interact and change natural materials. Tool use should only be introduced into a Forest School programme once the practitioner has established a mutually respectful and trusting relationship with the children. It is from this foundation that the children will respond to the boundaries put in place for the safe use of tool and develop their own confidence and skills in choosing the right tool for a specific purpose.

This week’s session concentrated on introducing the hand drill to the children, explaining how to use it safely and what its primary function is.


Kate gave a tools talk to the children,explaining which part is the handle, which part is the blade and the cutting edge of the drill .The children were so excited to have a go, as this was the first time that we had used this Kate used ‘ big hand on little hand ‘ to support children using this safely.

The boy pictured above concentrated for 10 minutes as he persisted at the activity until he had accomplished his self-set goal of making a hole with his drill, he was so proud and satisfied when he finally achieved this. As the children sat and waited patiently for their turn Kate facilitated a discussion on how the tool worked and again the rules for safe use. This is an easy, safe and calming tool to use as the children use the handle to turn the wheel, which then drills the hole. 


All the children had a turn at using the drill and enjoyed sharing their ideas on what they could use the drill to make. This included necklaces, bracelets and threading disks – watch this space as we develop the childrens confidence, skills and abilities in using the hand drill.