In this activity we teach our visitors to to use bolts and nuts to piece together the wood blocks and metal brackets.
Choose a metal bracket you want to use then line up the wholes to put a bolt through it.
After you put the bolt through put a washer on the opposite side. This washer helps protect the wood from the wingnut.
Next screw on your wingnut. The "wings" on the wingnut makes it very easy to tighten the nut with your hands.
Once you tighten your wingnut your bracket will be bolted onto the wood.
When using a regular nut you will need to use a wrench and a screwdriver to tighten it.
Line up the holes and put a bolt through.
Use your hands to screw on the nut until its near the bottom.
Once the nut is at the bottom we will need the wrench and screwdriver to tighten the nut securely.
Use the wrench to hold the nut in place so it doesn't move.
While keeping the nut in place with the wrench use the screwdriver to tighten the nut.
After tightening the nut the metal bracket will be securely bolted onto the wood block.
Once the visitor know how to bolt things together they can start adding more blocks to their creation.
And more brackets.
Tool Time is an activity that is focused on letting people develop their fine motor skills with the use of tools.
And Tool Time also let people be creative in their own way.
It is amazing to see what people come up with when they do this activity!