The Kindergarten has confessed that part of their motivation to build the Ferris wheel is the intrigue of the wood shop and working along side of Pippin. There are many tools and trying to figure out how each one works is part of the fun.
It is similar to a segment from This Old House on PBS. The children guess what the use for tool the might be and then perhaps even demonstrate how it might work. Sometimes they are close to being accurate but other times they realize that they are holding the tool upside down or banging it when they should be slowly screwing.
The children work with Pippin to bring their designs to life. They are the architects and the carpenters for the Ferris wheel. They have learned that there are times to hammer and times to glue. They have used both a drill and a clamp and made circles using a band saw.
The fun is in the process of creating and designing.
Although there is a sweet taste of satisfaction giving the Ferris wheel a spin after three months of planning, collaborating, sketching, building, discussing and problem solving.