This gallery explores the big idea of “What is a Tool?” as well as the process of using tools and applying the six simple machines. In this unique space, children have the opportunity to use actual, grown-up tools including hammers and nails for children ages five years and up. Younger children can make their own creations with glue and other age-appropriate tools at the craft table.
As simple as a stick or as specialized as a computer keyboard, anything that helps you complete a task is a tool.
What You Learn:
- Measurement of length, size, balance and force
- Predictions and Experimentation
- Creative thinking in three dimensions
- Fine motor skills
- Muscular strength
Continue the Fun at Home
Create something out of materials similar to those in the LICM bins. Collect egg cartons, lemon mesh bags, baby pouch food tops or old holiday cards. Try building more complex creations using tools and scrap materials you can find in your own home.