Kids Carpentry Supplies has been supplying early childhood centres, kindergartens, preschools, and playcentres with wood for use on their carpentry and craft tables since 2007. Our product is 100% untreated, clean and dry, and is NOT recycled.
All our wood has been personally and carefully hand picked direct from the sawmill source, and then further milled to ensure a top quality product with a variety of sizes, shapes, and textures. This process ensures that the product you receive is safe and free from any dangerous contaminants such as paint, treatment chemicals, broken and dangerous timber, or other nasties.
The macrocarpa and pine timber we use is grown locally in New Zealand. Both are considered "soft woods" which are the easiest species for children to begin their carpentry journey with.
Our wood is organic, untreated and is safe for children if they decide they want to see how it tastes!
Our wood is compatible with all other craft materials commonly used in early childhood centres and schools such as PVA glue, hot glue guns, paint, dyes etc.
The wood is delivered to your centre in a large sack weighing approximately 18 kg and holding at least 100 pieces of wood.
Delivered direct to your door
For your convenience our products can be delivered direct to your door throughout New Zealand.
Despite the size and weight of our product, we strive to keep shipping costs as low as possible and utilise well established courier companies to give you prompt delivery after your order is placed.
Delivery cost for the wood is on a per-sack basis. Tools, hardware and accessories will usually need to be shipped separately from the wood to ensure they are not damaged in transit.
Please see the map below to determine which shipping zone you are in. Please ensure you select the correct shipping zone for your delivery address when checking out. Failure to do so will result in delays of your order being shipped. Please note there is a surcharge for rural addresses within the Green and Red Delivery Zones. Please ensure you select the rural delivery option when you complete your purchase if your address is rural.
Promote hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills with our hardware
Along with our wood and tools, we also offer a selection of nails, screws, wheels, and other carpentry accessories. These have all been selected to match and work in-sync with each other - we've taken the guesswork out of ensuring you have the most suitable options for young hands and inquisitive minds.
These items add extra interest and skill building opportunities to your carpentry and tinkering areas - great for honing those fine motor skills and learning to use variety of tools.
Additionally we offer two different sizes of robust plastic wheels. Our nails and screws have been especially selected to fit through the holes in the wheels so that they form a simple but very effective wheel axle.
Tip: We recommend using a hand held drill or small electric drill to drill pilot holes in the wood before hammering in the nail or screwing in the screw. This will stop the wood from splitting and help the child to get the nail started.
Please note that these nails and hardware contain small and sharp parts that require supervision. They are not suitable for children under 3 years of age.
Based on the beautiful Hibiscus coast, north of Auckland, Kids Carpentry Supplies is a small business owned and operated by Lisa McGlashan.
My family own Cypress Sawmill in Dairy Flat and while working there I had a few early childhood teachers come in asking for wood offcuts for their centres. All that the sawmill had to offer in the way of offcuts was firewood. This wasn’t suitable for what the teachers wanted so off they went, continuing on their search for a supply of suitable wood.
Growing up I had always had an interest in being an early childhood teacher. Being surrounded by wood all my life I also had a great passion for making things out of it. I could see an opportunity to bring both of these interests together by offering an obviously much needed service to the early childhood sector and parents alike.
That was in 2007 and our customer base has continued to grow ever since, largely by word of mouth. Teachers love that we are a reliable source of wood all year round. It takes away the time and hassle of having to source it themselves. If you are within the North Island of New Zealand we can deliver direct to your door.
As I am hands on working in the sawmill I am able to select out the most suitable pieces of wood. After hours you will often find me sorting through the wood piles and further milling the wood to bring you a top quality selection of different sizes, shapes and textures that are sure to bring your child’s imagination to life.
Woodwork provides so many unique learning and development experiences for young children. It encourages creative thinking, maths skills, scientific investigation, physical development and coordination, developing language and vocabulary, and much more. It also has the potential to build self-esteem and confidence.
I am proud to be able to offer this service to the early childhood sector and also to parents who want to use the wood with their children at home.
I also have a Facebook page which is full of ideas, tips and advice on doing carpentry with pre-schoolers. This is a great resource for teachers and parents. Please feel free to check it out.