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I am a strong supporter of natural curiosity and exploration. This activity is always a favorite and does both of those things!
Last year my son desperately wanted his own tools – he didn’t want to borrow Dad’s. We found a small set on clearance after the holidays and he’s used it a lot throughout the year. One of the things he loves to do is take things apart. There is such a huge draw to deconstructing things to see how they are made and what makes them work.
Obviously this activity can be very dangerous and should always be supervised by an adult (my husband likes taking things apart as much as my boys). Make sure whatever you’re talking apart has no power (plugs, batteries etc). Be careful of sharp objects, pinching, pulling, tiny parts etc.
I found an old broken lens in a box the other day and let the boys check it out.
They were in awe of the electronic components, plastic gears and how many tiny screws were involved.