After adding our smaller pieces to Tool Time! we tested it out as one of the Play. Tinker. Make activity.
Just one side note; I got to use the drill press! Before I noticed we had a drill press I was using the power drill to make all our holes but then Keith was like, “Have you ever used our drill press before?” and it was then when I discovered the majestic invention called a drill press. I felt like I was a mass production factory when using that machine! It felt really nice.
Some feedback that we got: use smaller sized bolts. Different shaped blocks. Have examples out of different fasteners. Different color wood. I think all of these suggestions are a great way to add more to the activity!
We used regular nuts as well as wing nuts. At first, I thought it was a bad idea but the regular nuts were actually not that bad to facilitate. As we noticed from the first time we did Tool Time!, people liked using the screwdrivers and wrenches to tighten the regular nut. I was so blinded by the easiness of assembling with wingnuts that I forgot about the valuable experience of using tools to create something.
Our improvements helped the activity a lot! It gave a lot more options to people and it is more accessible to everyone because of our smaller pieces. We had a lot of creative visitors too and it was fun seeing what people can come up with!