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


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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