This activity is always a big hit at camp. The kids absolutely can’t wait to hammer nails in “Santa’s workshop”. The “toy machine” is just a large piece of painted cardboard that is leaned up against the saw horses.
The photos below show the actual set up:
Two seven foot 2 x 4s are screwed into the sawhorses to prevent the 2 x 4’s from bouncing off. Then, we predrill nail holes 2 1/2 inches apart.
Next, we gently tap in three inch nails into the pre-drilled holes, leaving about 2 inches of nail above the wood. We invite the kids one at a time to hammer in two nails per child. Children wear kids size safety glasses. These are available at Home Depot. The really little kids sometimes need some hand over hand guidance as we hammer the nails together.
Are there other Santa’s workshop ideas out there? Please share!
Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas!