7 Best Toy Toolkits for Kids

Best Toy Toolkits

November 4, 2018

Best Toy Toolkits

Best Toy Toolkits
Give your kiddo the tools (literally) to build hand-eye coordination and motor skills, and give them a jumpstart on being able to help you fix stuff around the house.  Best Toy Toolkits

Young kids love to show off their creativity and independence, and that’s what play tools are all about. So it’s no wonder toolkits are always a hot commodity in the toy chest. (We’re pretty sure the term DIY was inspired by toddlers and preschoolers long before headlining Pinterest farmhouse-table tutorials.)

From hammers and nails to wrenches and bolts, these classic toys give kids the tools (literally) to build hand-eye coordination as well as gross and fine motor skills. With each fix-it job, your resident handyperson will use role playing to learn problem solving and flex their creative-thinking muscles.

Toolkits are also a great way to practice counting, sorting, matching and even object and color recognition. Most are designed for ages two and up, but one-year-olds have tool banging down to a science. And speaking of which, you may want to start with a lightweight, plastic set.

These are our favorite toolkits:

The Very First Tool Kit

If your little one is just starting to take an interest in manipulating tools but doesn’t quite have the dexterity for something more complex, this set of basics is the perfect starter set for building those oh-so-important fine motor skills (which will come in handy when it’s time to upgrade to a bigger set). This set doesn’t come with nails and screws like most others, but that just means more opportunity to focus on the handheld tools themselves, plus lots of imaginative play with imaginary screws.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+
Includes Saw, hammer, screwdriver, wrench, drill and toolbox

Best Eco-Friendly Set

Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic, this eco-friendly set is strong and durable—perfect for indoor or outdoor play. There are four holes on each side that work with the included 2-hole connectors, bolts and nails. Parents can rest assured it’s free from BPA, phthalates and PVC. Plus, it meets FDA food contact standards, should your tot need a meal on the job. And just in case things get messy, it’s dishwasher safe. At the end of the day, your jack-of-all trades can easily pack up this 15-piece set by storing all of the pieces right inside the tool box. This design is perfect for fans of the pastel color palette, but if your kiddo is more into primary colors, there’s a more vibrant option too.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+
Includes Tool box, Phillips screwdriver, flat screwdriver, hammer, saw, wrench, pliers, 2 two-hole connectors, 2 nails, 2 bolts and 2 nuts

Sturdy Wooden Set

Being a leader in children’s wooden toys, it’s no surprise that Melissa & Doug would have such a cute and functional tool kit. The tool box includes a whopping 14 holes for the nails and threaded bolts and screws to fit into using the hammer, wrench or screwdriver. Something to keep in mind: the tools in this kit are less realistic-looking than others.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3–5 years
Includes 24 pieces: tool box, hammer, wrench, screwdriver, wooden nails, screws, nuts and bolts

The Interactive Kit

Toddlers will be entertained for hours by this tool kit’s light-up buttons, songs and working drill (it really drills the screws!). The included activity cards encourage little ones to locate colors, numbers and more using the screws, and the whole toolbox packs up easily.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2 years+
Includes 2 double-sided activity cards, an electronic project tray, hand-powered toy drill, hammer, wrench, 2 nails and 2 screws

Super Realistic

Real tool brand, real(istic) tools. Not only do they look like the real thing—especially that drill!—they’re also functional. The power drill spins and hums, the wrench grips and the screwdriver’s heads are interchangeable. Just make sure kiddo doesn’t mix up their tools with yours.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3–5 years
Includes Carrying case, screwdriver with removable heads, hammer, wrench and more

The Splurge

If your child’s fix-it phase has turned into a major obsession, they’ll be right at home in the Step2 Deluxe Workshop. This is the ultimate hub for all things handy, and there’s plenty of room for friends to join in the fun. They can create wooden masterpieces with Durafoam “wood” and toy tools, or stay busy tinkering with screws on the large work surface. There’s a tool chest cabinet, drawer and hanging jars to keep all the essentials organized. And we love the vacuum for pretend project cleanup (it’s never too early to encourage a love of vacuuming!). Adult assembly and batteries are required before tool time can begin.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes 50-piece accessory set, including electric drill, 2 drill bits, 8 screws, 8 nuts, saw, hammer, pliers, adjustable wrench, screw driver and 17 “wood” pieces
Dimensions 34” x 15” x 40.8”

Luxury Work Surface

If your kiddo needs a workbench for their ever-growing projects but you’re limited on space, this solid-wood option is sturdy and fully stocked yet keeps a small footprint. Everything your preschooler could need for a project is included, so they can get down to the nuts and bolts of building (literally).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3 years+
Includes Workbench, hammer, saw, wrench, screwdriver, ruler, nails, screws, bolts, nuts
Dimensions 25” x 13” x 18.35”
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