Magazine article Technology and Children

Paper Drill

Magazine article Technology and Children

Paper Drill

Article excerpt

As elementary teachers we've always been resourceful. If a child needs a hole punched in the middle of the side of a cardboard box, we dig around our desk drawer to find something that will poke a hole. But, is that the way we want to model the safe use of tools for children?

And what about when a student wants a hole punched in a piece of card stock, cardboard, poster board, foam, leather, or some sort of paper, and the regular handheld hole punch just won't reach? What do you do then?

There is a cool tool available that is easy to use and made just for the purpose of drilling holes in cardboard, corrugated plastic, meat trays, and all sorts of paper products. It's called a paper drill. A simple tool, it almost looks like a jumbo magic marker with a circular cutter/blade on one end and a dome shaped cap on the other.

To use a paper drill, place the dome side in the palm of your hand and the drill bit down on the item where you want to make the hole. Hold the body of the drill with your fingers; press down and twist the drill back and forth until the hole is made. It works like a cookie cutter with a twist. Paper drills usually come with three bits so that you can control the size of the hole. …

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