The chimpanzees received a new workbench through our Amazon wishlist! Jamie and Annie were both very interested. Classic Jamie first pulled out the instruction manual before fiddling with the tools themselves (maybe she was trying to undo all my hard work in putting it together!) Annie is not always the first to play with tools but she went straight for it the second Jamie stepped away.
They both had some pretty interesting ways of investigating the workbench. Watch for Jamie using the screwdriver as a nail, using the nail as a hammer, and using the wrench as a screwdriver! And Annie used the hammer for its intended purpose, but from the opposite direction.
We just caught Jamie “cleaning” each piece of the workbench systematically with a sock as a rag. She stopped the second we brought the camera out, though. Many times she avoids the paparazzi caregivers when she’s focusing on a project like this, so it’s pretty fantastic we were able to capture so much of her work on video.
Thank you so much to whoever sent us this wonderful engaging item!