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2012 Real Tool Sets for Kids

Update: Some of these tool sets have been discontinued or are out of stock. For my 2014 picks, see my new blog post, Top 6 Kids’ Real Tool Sets.

If your kids have outgrown their fake plastic tool sets and you’re looking for a real tool kit made just for kids, you’ve come to the right place! Real kid-size tool sets are the perfect gift for kids who love to build, and in my experience, they lead to some good quality time with mom or dad (okay, in this house tools are definitely Dad’s domain). We gave our kids real junior tool sets for Christmas a few years ago, and they immediately strapped on their belts, put on their goggles and got to work on the half-finished sandbox Santa left for them to finish with Dad.

Here are this year’s top picks for real tool sets for kids — plus some extras like a kids tool belt, kids safety glasses and kids work gloves (FYI – these work gloves are also great for weed picking!) Make sure you include a box of nails, and a wood building kit like the birdhouse kit shown here.

1. Grip On Tools 9 Piece Children’s Tool Set ($24.99) – Forget the plastic. These tools are the real deal. Just like Mom or Dad’s, these are high quality steel tools — just sized for kid-size hands. Reviewers rave about the quality of this kit.

2. Occidental Leather 7001 Little Oxy Child Tool Belt ($27.90) – Give your little carpenter their own real tool belt so they can tote around their own pint-size hammer (or maybe a few small toys) just like Dad or Grandpa.

3. Great Neck 21000 Essentials 8-Ounce Mini Hammer with Magnet Slot ($6.99) – This handy little hammer is perfect for little jobs around the house. Next time you need a nail pounded in the wall to hang a picture frame, let the kids handle it with this mini hammer. If your child isn’t ready for a full set of tools, you might want to get them a tool belt and hammer to start.

4. KR Tools 10039 12-Piece Builders Pal Children-foots Tool Kit with Bonus Flashlight ($29.99)-We gave a similar kit to our son and daughter. Overall, a fine tool kit for kids. The pieces are now strewn all over the place, so I’d recommend getting a bag or caddy to contain all the tools.

5. KR Tools 10031 Little Workers 13-Piece Tool Kit ($32.99) – I love that this kit comes with a useful project — the pieces to build your own wood tool caddy!

6. Kinco Children’s Work Gloves ($7.99) — If you’re putting together an a la carte tool set for the kids, I recommend throwing in a pair of kid-size work gloves. They come in handy for so many projects — from woodworking to yard work.

7. Radians – G4 Junior Child Safety Glass-Clear Lens ($11.99) — It’s always a good idea to have the kids wear safety glasses or goggles when working with tools — especially when they’re using the back end of the hammer to pry out nails.

8. TS Build A Birdhouse ($9) — One of the first projects my kids used their new tools to build was a birdhouse. In our case, we followed a plan from the Handy Dad book and used scraps of wood we had lying around. This kit makes it much simpler, I’m sure.

For more kids real tool set recommendations, check out these posts:

2011 Top 5 Kids Real Tool Sets

Top 5 Kids Real Tool Sets

Posted Thursday, October 11, 2012 in Gifts