Woodworking stimulates activity that requires thought organization, decision-making and problem solving as well as coordination between hands and head. For the motivated child (or adult) of any age it is an excellent medium in which to learn the relationship between actions and consequences.
If you continue to drive nails or drill holes near the edge of a thin piece of wood it`s going to split While young children need to be guided to the safe and effective way to accomplish a task there is much they will learn by practice and I believe in the value of mistakes as long as the child is not in paramount danger.So my philosophy in teaching young children is to provide the rules and guidelines and at the same time encourage them to be creative in what their boat or car or plane looks like.
I do provide sample projects so the non-visual learner can see how the pieces might look in a particular arrangement and most beginners do follow the pattern but I am constantly encouraging them to consider how it might look another way. I also believe your hands are tied inseparably to your self image and to bring the product of your mind to a tangible form builds that up and develops self-respect.