The Best Kids Tool Sets, Tool Benches and Gardening Tools

Because even pretending to know how to fix things is deeply satisfying.

by Jon Gugala
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As all dads know, fixing stuff is satisfying. Kids know this, too, and, understandably, want in: most kids love to “fix” and “build” (ie., bang things together) with play tools. But a great kids’ tool set, one that looks good and is well made, goes way beyond just being an engaging and fun toy. Not only are tool sets a solid way for kids to burn off some energy, they also help kids develop fine and gross motor skills and hone hand-eye coordination, because pounding a hammer or working a saw takes effort and focus.

Tools are also what are called “real-world toys,” which mimic what kids see parents using when we’re doing our real-world, grown-up things, like pruning bushes or drilling a screw into the wall. Real-world toys help kids, especially younger ones, to make sense of the world around them and understand how things work.

When choosing tool sets, tool belts, or outdoor gardening toys, make sure they’re the right size for your children to easily manage on their own and don’t have any sharp edges. And go for toys that aren’t battery-powered, because the more a toy does, the less a kid’s imagination has to work. We opted for mostly wood tools here because frankly, they look better than most of their plastic counterparts and have more thoughtful details.

The Best Kids Tool Sets

The Best Kids Tool Benches

The Best Kids Tool Belts

The Best Kids Gardening Tools

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