Imagination Theater: Starring My Wooden Friend

Hello to all my devoted followers, and welcome back. This time in the tinkering hood, the children made awesome wooden friends and starred in a wonderful imagination theater production. This lesson plan tasked each child to build a little wooden friend, then decorate their creation and finally showcase them in a fun and imaginative way. As with every lesson, we start by having our own little tinkering circle time, where I discuss what we are going to build and steps it will take. After our circle time, which always concludes with our safety rules, we head to the workbenches.For this build the little tinkers were given seven pieces of wood: a body, head, two arms, two legs, and a neck. Our first building step is to use a sanding block and get the wood as smooth as possible. Next, we laid the body and head next to each other with just a little space in between and connected them using the neck, by nailing it to both pieces. Then we set the project on its’ side and attached one arm and one leg with nails. Finally, the children turn the wood over to the other side and attached the last arm and leg, again with nails. With the assembly being completed the final step was to use markers to decorate and bring their creations to life. And once decorating was finished, the tinker tots entered the jumbo vintage T.V. and performed anything their wonderful little imaginations desired.Materials

  • 2 ½ x 2 ½ x ¾ inch piece of wood for head
  • 3 ½ x 2 ½ x ¾ inch piece of wood for body
  • 2 ½ x 1 ½ x ¼ inch piece (x6) of wood for arms/legs/neck
  • 1-inch panel nails
  • Markers


  • Hammer
  • Sanding block
  • Safety Glasses


  1. Connect head and body with neck
  2. Turn project on side attach one arm and one leg
  3. Turn to other side and attach last arm and last leg
  4. Decorate with markers
  5. Present your wooden friend on T.V.

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