Stanley® Jr. Building Kits
This line of wooden construction kits caught our eye because it's well, not flimsy! And kids actually assemble useable, quality objects, not just "clutter." Designed with the dual goals of bringing kids and parents together and teaching children basic carpentry skills, each kit includes all of the pieces, hardware, and step-by-step instructions needed to complete each project. Along the way, kids will build skills in assembling, gluing, hammering, filing and much more. The kits are leveled according to the skills needed for assembly and the complexity of the project. Level 1 kits involve assembly, gluing, hammering, filing, fully guided bolting, decorating and painting, while Level 2 kits also incorporate skills such as guided drilling, semi-guided bolting, guided cutting and intermediate sawing. Junior kits, for the youngest carpenters, involve assembly, gluing, hammering and filing. Although Dad's tools will suffice, the company also offers quality tools sized especially for a child's grip. If you've been looking for a manageable "Dad & Me" project, check these out!