Tools

Tools!  Tools!  Tools!  I got this wonderful theme idea here, and it seemed fun for both boys and girls.

Books:

The Magic Toolbox by Mie Araki
Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia
Whose Tools are These? by Sharon Katz Cooper

Other Great Books about Tools:
Toolbox Twins by Lola M. Schaefer
The Toolbox by Anne & Harlow Rockwell
I Love Tools! by Philemon Sturges

Click Here to Order these Books on the Heights Library Catalog

Activity: I brought in a real toolbox full of toy tools to show the kids.  I pulled out each one and had the children identify them (this is great to do after reading Tap Tap Bang Bang).  After reading Whose Tools Are These a great idea is to put an assortment of tools that different occupations would use (I had put these in my “magic toolbox”).  You can show the children kitchen tools, a hairdresser’s tools, an artist’s tools, a teacher’s tools or even a librarian’s tools.

Art Project: We made our own “Magic Toolbox” (based on the book with the same name) with paper, glue, scissors and crayons.  Each child received a print-out of some tools (I just got them online here after searching for coloring pages on tools).  They colored the tools and cut them out.  Then they took a piece of red cardstock and made three horizontal folds, with one tab shorter than the other.  This made the illusion of a tool box.  We cut out handles out of black construction paper and glued this on the top of the folded shorter tab.  I also prepared small rectangles in which I had spray painted silver.  The tops of these were glued over the folded flap to represent metal clamps.  Inside the children pasted their little tools.  So cute!

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