Hazel Orme Kindergarten students get building with the Fremantle’s Men Shed

Rob Chapman (Fremantle Men's Community Shed) with Hazel Orme Kindergarten students. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Rob Chapman (Fremantle Men's Community Shed) with Hazel Orme Kindergarten students. Photo: Martin Kennealey

BACKYARD sheds may be disappearing but the students at Hazel Orme Kindergarten are learning woodwork skills with the Fremantle Men’s Shed.

Teacher Wendy Cocks said one of the parents suggested doing carpentry with the children.

“Through these activities it allows the children to see and hear about the varied occupations, hobbies and interests around, as well as allowing us to connect with the families and wider community,” she said.

“Dads have come in for the morning to create different wooden toys with the children.

“I have fond memories of helping my dad in his shed as a young girl and I hope this has inspired them to be involved in making items.”

The children created a wooden bird box and Mrs Cocks said the children were very excited by the final product.

“There was lots of learning for the children, the safety aspects of handling tools, listening and following directions, maths concepts, sorting the wood pieces into sizes, positioning of the pieces, hand-eye coordination with hammering the nails, and perseverance,” she said.

“As blocks have become smaller so have backyard sheds disappeared, along with many of the children not having had an opportunity to do carpentry before.”

Mrs Cocks hopes to do more work with the children in the future.