Tiny Tools

April 25, 2020

Tools give you a hand in getting things done. 

Tina Ayres introduces you to one of the most useful simple machines you'll need to fasten or unfasten many different materials.

Materials | Supplies

  • various screwdrivers and wrenches
  • screws, bolts and nuts
  • sanded scrap wood or tree circles
  • drop cloth or old blanket
  • electric or hand drill and small bits

Concepts Explored

  • simple machines
  • fine motor skills
  • fasteners
  • hand-eye coordination
  • materials

Discovery Starters

What happens to the screw when you turn the screwdriver left and right? 

Can you use the same screwdriver for every screw? Why or Why not?

What do you notice about screwdrivers and wrenches?

Do you need the same amount of force for every screw or bolt? Why?

Explore Further

Take close look at collection of screws, what do you notice about them? 

Find things in your house that are screwed or bolted together? Why do you think screws were used to fasten these items? 

What other tools can you find in your house? Try to figure out their purpose. 

Additional Resources

Living Montessori Now website: Hammering Pumpkins

Early Years Careers website: Introducing Real Tools

Bam Radio Network website: Tools in Pre-school, What!

Amazeum YOU Tiny Tools - Screwdrivers Activity Guide 

Find out more about tools with Amazeum You Activities on Journal Making and Simple Sewing