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Saturday, October 13, 2012

The Use of REAL Tools

I posted this picture on our Facebook Page before Christmas of last year.  This was a gift for my then barely 3 year old son - real medical equipment - and his Poppy's (my father's) medical bag from 1969.

"Dr. Kit"

The use of real materials not only goes along with our parenting style, but it's also an integral part of the Reggio Emilia philosophy - where children are seen as highly capable learners having an extraordinary amount of inborn abilities, potential, strength and creativity. 

The Dr. Kit consists of (click on the items for link on where to buy).....


RLs girls have been playing Doctor for as long as I can remember.  Her oldest recently got some real tools for her 4th birthday. Check out this amazing Doctors Office RL created....

Doctors Office


We also use real "tool tools" in our playroom:

Real Tools



  1. Love it. My almost 3 year old son helped his Dad today using a real drill to make some brackets. When I came down from putting the baby in bed, he was so proud to tell me all about it.

  2. Any chance you could go into more detail about the real tool tools? Do you have a mini hammer or full size? What do you screw / hammer / drill into. I'm thinking about setting up something for my 27 month old as he adores tools. I'm not sure he'd have the strength to manually screw into wood. He loved using the ratchet when we built his bed together but that was just making noise! Thanks in advance :)

  3. P.S. Your captcha is INSANELY hard to decipher. Took me 4 goes to publish a comment!!

  4. BUT THEY COULD HURT THEMSELVES. Just kidding. :) I love it! :)

  5. One of my favorite things to do as a child was to go out in my parent's old barn and play around with the hammers, nails, clamps, little chunks of wood, (small) saws, etc. I'm not sure at what age I was allowed to start using these things on my own, but I am glad that my parents trusted me with them and gave me these opportunities! I hope I can give similar experiences to my baby boy when he gets a little older.

  6. Thank you so much for the easy link up! My daughter is going to love these! I really apperciate you taking comments from views and elaborating on them for us. It just shows that you true want everyone to have the same experiences with their children as you do. Thank you! :)


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