Tool Belt and Ladder

Lesson #12079

Create a wearable tool belt and a handy ladder.

Wearing a tool belt with various tools builds the imagination in storytelling, book reports and play time. The Tool Belt and Ladder also align with the 2017 CSLP theme, “Build a Better World.”

Start students on the road to engineering with discussions on tools, their uses and when, why and where they are needed. The Ladder and Tool Belt engage students and reinforce the necessity of tools in their daily lives.

16766-LG-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Tools (5 Die Set) - Large 30804-DC-Ellison SureCut Die - Tool Belt 3-D - Double Cut 30817-DC-Ellison SureCut Die - Ladder - Double Cut
Adhesive, Construction paper, Crayons, Markers or pens, Scissors, Stapler
Adhesive, Construction paper, Crayons, Markers or pens, Scissors, Stapler

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut two Ladders using different shades of construction paper.
  2. When the Ladders are laid on top of each other and slightly shifted, a shadow effect is created that makes the Ladder look dimensional.
  3. Die-cut the Tool Belt, 3-D using construction paper.
  4. Die-cut multiples of the belt section to ensure it will fit a student’s waist.
  5. Adhere the belt ends to each other for a longer belt.
  6. Fold the pocket on the perforations, and staple the sides.
  7. Slide the belt through the slits on the back of the pocket.
  8. Fold the two loop holders on the perforations, and place adhesive on both ends of the two loops.
  9. On one side of the pocket, tuck one end of a loop under the pocket, and press down to secure.
  10. Make a loop and press down on the other end to secure the loop to the belt (Main Photo).
  11. Do the same with the other loop on the other side of the pocket.
  12. Die-cut Tools using various colors of construction paper.
  13. Students can decorate the Tools and then place them in their very own Tool Belt.

Technology and Engineering Education:
Characteristics of Technology
3.4.A The Scope of Technology
3.4.4.A Grade 4
Pennsylvania’s public schools shall teach, challenge and support every student to realize his or her maximum potential and to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Understand that tools, materials and skills are used to make things and carry out tasks.


Fine Arts & Visual Arts
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matters, Symbols and Ideas
Achievement Standard:

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

  • Students identify connections between the visual arts and other disciplines in the curriculum.


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