Specialty Cove Spotlight: Woodworking

Marissa Allaben12 Nov 2020

By Rhonda Goodman, Camp Director and Supervisor of “Specialty Cove”

Our Specialty Cove Spotlight this month highlights our “Hammerhead Haven” Woodworking Program, which introduces the art of woodworking to all campers. Our wood themed projects introduce campers to sanding, hammering,  gluing, assembling and painting.  You can easily design your own Woodworking project at home with your child by following the simple steps listed below.



Featured DIY Projects from Woodworking

Red, White and Blue Pin Wheels- Get ready to celebrate 4th of July!

Recommended for children ages pre-k and Kindergarten. Child is introduced to woodworking by painting and assembling various size stars. You can even add glitter to watch them sparkle and spin for 4th of July!  Click here for link to purchase the pinwheels.

Ruler Book ShelfHow Do You “Measure” Fun?

Our 2nd grade boys and girls loved developing, assembling and creating their own unique book shelf. 


  • 6 12” rulers
  • 12”x4” piece of pine wood (12”-3/4” thick)
  • Glue- Tacky glue or hot glue gun
  • Medium sandpaper
  • Tempera or water base paint for base and sides
  • Optional- 3 colorful small pencils
  • 3 colorful large paperclips (2” for decorations)

Click here for picture and instructions.

Wooden Heart Hairclip Holder: Now you can find your hairclips in one place!

Kindergarten through 2nd grade girls could not get enough of this project. They loved creating their own heart ribbon clip holder for all of their hair needs! Click Here for Pictures


  • 1 Large, 1 medium, 1 small wooden heart shapes (purchase from Michaels)
  • 1” ribbon of your choice
  • Sandpaper
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Tacky or Hot glue gun
  • Clips to hang on ribbon


  • Sand all 3 hearts before painting.
  • When paint dries, decorate with rhinestones, glitter or paint design. Glue medium heart to large heart.
  • Cut ribbon 12 “, then glue to back of large heart
  • Glue small heart at bottom of ribbon
  • Attach as many hairclips as you desire
  • You can drill a small hole at top of large heart and attach a piece of ribbon, wire or rope at top to hang on wall.

Sunburst Mirror- Let the sun shine in your own room!

One of the favorite projects for our 3rd and 4th grade girls was the easy but very impressive Sunburst Mirror. Each mirror was uniquely created depending on color coordination.

Materials: Project can be purchased from S&S Worldwide or you can make it from scratch

  • Round mirror – 9 “
  • Wide Popsicle sticks  or tongue depressors– various sizes – long and short
  • Tempera or acrylic paint
  • Brush
  • Glue or hot glue gun


  • Paint sticks in alternate colors, one color or two colors
  • Glitter, decorations
  • Let paint dry
  • Glue sticks around mirror in alternating pattern (long, short, long, short)

Click here to follow directions for pack of 12

Bird House: Become a birdwatcher in your own backyard!

Our 3rd and 4th grade boys enjoyed creating their own birdhouses at camp and loved watching various birds feed from them in their backyards.  Just sand, paint wood pieces with Tempera, acrylic or watercolor paint, glue, decorate and hang off tree with bird seed. The bird house can be purchased from Discount School Supply.

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