6 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

Creativity + tools = a winning combo for kids with big imaginations and budding independence.

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 hammering nails to tightening bolts with a screwdriver, 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:

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.

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

Best Intro to STEM Learning

This set is the real deal (not to mention, the safest way to give toddlers power tools). Kids use a battery-operated drill and screwdriver to insert chunky bolts into an activity board, equipped with a guide that lays the groundwork for a variety of patterns. This type of hands-on fun helps develop the coordination of small muscle movements and dexterity. It’s also a great intro to STEM learning, basic engineering, pattern play and math. Just pop in six AA batteries for the screwdriver and drill and get to work!

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3+
Includes 100 bolts, 20 Fun Bolts in 5 shapes, 2 bits, wrench, hand screwdriver, electronic drill and screwdriver, activity board and activity guide

The Simple Pick

Nuts & Bolts from Plan Toys are a nice alternative to a hefty tool set. Two solid wood bolts with round “heads” and six colorful shapes made of PlanWood (the company’s surplus wood from other toys!), combine into all sorts of cool configurations, resembling imaginary figures. Perfect for problem solving on the go, they’re just the right size for travel. But they provide endless amusement at home, too.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 2+
Includes 2 bolts, 6 colorful pieces

For the Budding Builder

Another twist on a traditional toolbox is this Melissa & Doug set, packed with all the must-haves for a budding builder. Nuts, bolts, blocks…even the storage box can be used to construct a crane, motorcycle, airplane and race car. But kids can create tons of free-form structures too. Parents appreciate the included guide with ideas for using the set to boost math skills.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 4+
Includes 12 bolts, 8 nuts, 16 building boards, 6 blocks, screwdriver and storage box

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. Adult assembly and batteries are required before tool time can begin.

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 3+
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

The Interactive Kit

This fun toolbox from VTech will entertain toddlers its light-up buttons and songs, as well as the working drill that spins its gears, promoting motor skills. Activity cards encourage little ones to try to new things, and the whole toolbox cleans up easily (everything fits back in the kit).

Additional Specs
Child Guidelines Ages 24 months-5 years
Includes 2 double-sided activity cards, an electronic project tray, hand-powered toy drill, hammer, wrench, 2 nails and 2 screws
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