The 10 Best Kid's Tool Sets

Updated March 19, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

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Kids love to imitate their parents. So let your little ones tinker away just like mom or dad does with their toolboxes with one of these kids' tool sets. Coming in bright colors with a variety of fun activities, your young builder will never know that he or she is developing important fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and color recognition. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best kid's tool set on Amazon.

10. My First Craftsman

Keep your little tyke busy with the My First Craftsman, featuring lightweight tools that are simple to operate for any imaginary project indoors or outside. Unfortunately, the case latch is extremely hard to open and most kids will have to ask for help.
  • grooved bottom keeps box in place
  • integrated carrying handle lies flat
  • box plastic feels flimsy
Brand Craftsman
Model pending
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

9. Green Toys TLSB-1019

The eco-friendly Green Toys TLSB-1019 is built with both your child and planet Earth in mind. It features 15 efficient tools that are made from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs and printed with nontoxic soy inks. The tools also have lettering identifying what they are.
  • dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
  • sturdy enough to last for years
  • hardware is hard to manipulate
Brand Green Toys
Model TLSB-1019
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

8. Little Tikes My First Toolbox

The fun-filled Little Tikes My First Toolbox is the perfect choice for 3- to 5-year-olds. All of the tools feature chunky handles that are easier for kids with limited motor skills to hold, and its durable case won't break if dropped.
  • simple to clean and maintain
  • large sizes reduces choking hazards
  • screw bits can get lost easily
Brand Little Tikes
Model 634925M
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

7. Home Depot Deluxe

Unlike many other kids' tool sets, the Home Depot Deluxe doesn't come in a bunch of bright colors. Instead it is built to imitate real tools and comes in the same colors as you normally find in Home Depot tools. It is ideal for make-believe construction.
  • removable tool tray for hardware
  • includes a working tape measure
  • toolbox latch pops open too easily
Brand The home depot
Model 107
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

6. Fisher-Price BMD90

The Fisher-Price BMD90 encourages creative playtime for kids who are interested in building. It comes with a power drill that has forward and reverse action and even interchangeable bits. The included tool caddy is a great way to keep the set organized and in one place.
  • has slots to hammer the nails into
  • drill has a long battery life
  • doesn't include very many tools
Brand Fisher-Price
Model R9698
Weight 2.7 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Melissa & Doug Wooden Take Along

The Melissa & Doug Wooden Take Along is a creative learning tool for preschoolers to explore how a hammer and wrench work, while improving their fine motor skills. It comes with lots of smoothly sanded wood pieces that can be connected in a variety of ways.
  • handle is easy to grab and go
  • very sturdy construction
  • hard to hammer in nails at first
Brand Melissa & Doug
Model 494
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Theo Klein Bosch

All of the tools of the Theo Klein Bosch can be conveniently stored in the included tool belt, which allows your child to walk around the house and pretend to fix things just like a real carpenter. The tools are also easy for little hands to hold.
  • belt strap is adjustable
  • working adjustable wrench
  • safe for kids 18 months and up
Brand Theo Klein
Model 8260
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

3. Kidoozie Cool Tools

The Kidoozie Cool Tools is an innovative play set that opens up to an activity station with shape sorting, hand-eye coordination and color recognition fun. It has toy nails that can be hammered and screws for screwing, which prompt realistic construction sounds.
  • convenient size for travel
  • bright colors keep kids engaged
  • interactive spinning gears
Brand Kidoozie
Model G02075
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

2. Black & Decker Jr. Fun

The Black & Decker Jr. Fun is a great value considering the number of tools you get for the price. In addition to all the basic hand tools you find in most real tool sets, like screwdrivers and pliers and wrenches, it also includes a drill that actually turns.
  • tools are extremely durable
  • fake wood blocks for drilling into
  • authentic black and decker logos
Model 58492
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Wonderworld Work Bench-N-Box

The Wonderworld Work Bench-N-Box comes with a hammer, a wrench and a screwdriver, and hardware that he can use the tools on to be just like mommy or daddy. The workbench and all of the components are made out of kid-safe, environmentally-friendly rubberwood.
  • workbench doubles as a toolbox
  • all nontoxic paints and dyes
  • helps improve dexterity
Brand Wonderworld
Model WW-4519
Weight 2.9 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

The Benefits Of Building

It is often said that one of the things separating us from the lower species is our ability to use tools. Sure, there are other animals that make use of sticks and rocks here and there, but it is the advanced use of tools for hunting and building that allowed humankind to become humankind.

Our tools have certainly gotten more complicated over the last century or so, but we also still rely on tools that have their roots in the earliest developments of our shared lineage. And using those tools has the potential to increase our spatial reasoning and practical abilities from an early age, which will do everything from making us better equipped to learn STEM subjects to making us better drivers when we eventually hit the road.

Give a child a set of blocks and it’ll eventually instinctively begin to stack them on top of one another. There’s something inherent in the act of building. What’s more, children make sense of the world around them — its possibilities and limitations — by imitating their parents. Whether or not your dad is Bob Vila, you’re liable to employ a hammer or a drill from time to time in the upkeep of your home, and your child is going to want to do the same.

With a set of toy tools in hand, a child will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of how those tools work, even if it’s just in their imagination. That can pay big dividends down the line if their interest continues through adolescence and into adulthood. It’s always cheaper and more rewarding to fix or build something around the house than it is to hire a professional, and this early step can begin to give them the confidence they need to be their own handyperson.

By giving a child his or her own set of tools, you also decrease the chances that they would reach for the real thing in an attempt to play at what mommy or daddy was doing. That means that instead of picking up your saw and swinging it around the room, they’ll do so with a small plastic facsimile, which is obviously much safer. That also gives you the opportunity to have a conversation with them about safe handling of tools, so that when they eventually graduate to the real thing, they’ll be ready to do so with proper caution and technique.

Which Toy Tool Set Is Right For Your Child

Given the amount of possibilities with toy tool sets on the market, it’s understandable if you’re unsure which is right for your budding little builder. Fortunately, there are a few ways to narrow down your search to a handful of viable options.

For starters, toy tool sets run a wide range of age appropriateness, and finding a set that’s right for your child’s age group is the first place you should start. It would be best if you could get something that he or she could grow into, but don’t go buying a set for ages five and up when your child is only three just because you think they’re particularly advanced. You’ll notice that the older the age group, the more realistic the toys begin to look. That’s because older kids can do a better job differentiating between their toy tools and the real thing, and you wouldn’t want little Johnny bopping his kid sister in the head with a real hammer by mistake.

Some sets come with additional construction materials that respond to gentle working drills and magnetic saws, all of which add to the realism of the experience. With these, your kids will be able to experience the satisfaction of actually building something. These kinds of sets are usually targeted at slightly older kids, as well, who might actually be able to grasp how each tool works and how to apply them.

While tool sets with actual buildable parts may sound like the holy grail of the category, there is one big downside to them. Actually having boards that saw in half and materials that come together to form a concrete thing may deprive your child of the imaginary experience. This will come down largely to the kind of parent you are and to the temperament of your child. If he or she prefers to play in imaginary worlds, then you don’t need to invest in a more practical, real-world kit. On the other hand, a child with his head in the clouds might benefit from a more tangible experience.

A Brief History Of Educational Toys

For the bulk of human history, toys took human forms. Dolls were common among all walks of life in almost every culture, and few other toys existed outside the upper classes. Primarily, this was a function of commerce. Kids spent most of their days at work, unless they were rich enough to learn to read, write, ride horses, and fight. (That last part is pretty ironic when you consider the fact that those rich enough to learn to fight were rarely asked to fight by their countries.)

Educational philosophers like John Locke theorized that playtime could actually be used to teach children their letters, among other things, and it is in his era that we see the development of lettered blocks. A little later in Germany — where they even take their play seriously — Friedrich Froebel created a series of toys for what was then history’s first kindergarten. These toys, which came to be known as Froebel’s Gifts and are still quite popular today, helped young students to form an understanding of colors, shapes, and space.

With the Industrial Revolution came the first hints of disposable income in the lower classes, which gave rise to what we now call the middle class. That, combined with the eventual introduction of child labor laws, gave children more free time while also giving their parents more money to spend on keeping them occupied. Toys and toy companies flourished, and the need for new innovations has never ceased.

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Last updated on March 19, 2018 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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