12 Best Kids' Tool Kits To Get Them Started

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If your child loves taking things apart, putting them back together and building new creations then a kids' tool kit is the perfect present.

With tools for all different ages and a focus on everything from gardening to mechanics, there is a huge range to choose from. Selecting the best one can be overwhelming, so we've compiled this list of the very best tool kits for every age and interest.

These toys will keep your kids occupied for hours, but if you're looking for further hands-on entertainment, check out these great robot toys or our list of the nine best science kits.

Kidadl's Top Pick

All the kids tool sets on this list are a great bet, but if you're short on time this is our top pick based on price, age range and design.

1. Smoby 360702 Black & Decker Kids' Work Bench

Smoby 360702 Black & Decker Kids' Work Bench.
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This great Black and Decker kids' tool set will make your children feel like true professionals. Laid out on a realistic workbench, it comes with seven brilliant toy tools and lots of other accessories, including a drill with life-like sound effects. As well as a saw, screwdriver, hammer, spanner, elbow spanner, pliers and bench vice, the set also includes plenty of nuts, nails and more to practise with. Even better, it comes with a free app to teach them how to use each tool so it really will teach your child the tools of the trade!

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  • Age: 3+
  • Price: £55

Best Classic Tool Kit

2. Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Solid Wood Workbench

Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Solid Wood Workbench.
Image © Melissa And Doug

For those looking for something more timeless, this beautifully designed kids' wooden tool set is ideal. With a full range of tools laid out on a well-constructed workbench, it also comes with a tool rack, functioning vice, storage shelf and nuts and screws. An instruction booklet of wooden models is also included, so your kids can either practise building to a plan or invent their own creations.

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  • Age: 3-6
  • Price: £79.99

Best For Durability

3. Kidzlane Durable Kids' Tool Set With Electronic Cordless Drill

Kidzlane Durable Kids' Tool Set With Electronic Cordless Drill.
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If your kids are more interested in destruction than construction, then this set is for you. In its sturdy case, this 19 piece plastic tool set for kids is designed to be super strong and safe, so your child can pretend play without worry. The hammer, screwdriver, ratchet, pliers and drill (with realistic sound effects) will provide hours of fun and this set also comes with safety goggles and a working tape measure, so kids can learn while they play.

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  • Age: 3-6
  • Price: £24.99

Best For Kids Who Are Always On The Move

4. Black And Decker Junior Back Pack Tool Set

Black And Decker Junior Back Pack Tool Set.
Image © Black And Decker

Your children can build on the go with this great backpack, which contains 23 sturdy plastic tools to keep them entertained. With a realistic hammer, saw, flat and Phillips head screwdrivers, adjustable and pipe wrenches, pliers and more, your child will learn real skills while they play.

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  • Age: 3+
  • Price: £34.89

Best For Families On A Budget

5. Toy Choi's 37 Pcs Kids' Pretend Play Tool Kit

Toy Choi's 37 Pcs Kids' Pretend Play Tool Kit.
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This tool kit offers high quality tools and a sturdy case for a brilliant price. The 37 pieces includes a toy drill with realistic noises, safety goggles, functioning tape measure, hammer, pliers, spirit level and more. An ID card is a nice touch, letting your kid choose their 'crew'. The plastic tools are lightweight but durable and the case makes them easily portable as well.

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  • Age: 3+
  • Price: £34.89

Best For Early Years

6. Learning Resources New Sprouts Toddler Tool Box, 6 Pieces

Learning Resources New Sprouts Toddler Tool Box, 6 Pieces.
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Perfect for toddlers, this tool box provides safe, hands on play that will help develop their motor skills, hand eye coordination and auditory learning processes. Made from sturdy plastic, this colourful set includes a screwdriver, saw, hammer and drill complete with sound effects. Rubber edges ensure your tots can play safely.

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  • Age: 2-4
  • Price: £22

Best For Under 5s

7. Asdomo Kids' Toy Tool Set And Power Play Tools

Adosmo Kids' Toy Tool Set And Power Play Toys.
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These Asdomo toys hit a nice balance between simplicity and sophistication, providing 19 pieces which are safe, lightweight and engaging while still looking realistic. The different movements and techniques involved are designed to improve motor skills and hand eye coordination, while the handy case is great for encouraging organisation and makes this easily portable.

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  • Age: 3-5
  • Price: £10.99

Best For Over 10s

8. Hi-Spec 15 Piece Children's Tool Kit with Real Small Sized Hand Tools

Hi-Spec 15 Piece Children's Tool Kit with Real Small Sized Hand Tools.
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For older children, who have moved past kids tool sets and are looking to develop real skills, Hi-Spec offers a range of excellent, educational first tool sets. This one provides high quality real tools, sized intentionally for small hands so your kids can easily get to grips with their new hobby. With a costume hard hat, safety goggles and a child-size work apron, children are encouraged to think about safety practices and no blades or drill are included. Kids can practise using measuring and marking tools, clamps, screwdrivers, a hammer and pliers and a useful storage bag is included. Adult supervision is of course required, but this set is a great way to let your child reach the next level of their creativity.

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  • Age: 8+
  • Price: £24.99

Best For Green Fingers

9. deAO Pull Along Kids' Wagon Wheelbarrow And Gardening Tools Play Set

deAO Pull Along Kids' Wagon Wheelbarrow And Gardening Tools Play Set.
Image © deAO

This kids' garden tool set is perfect for children who love outdoor play. The durable wheelbarrow makes this easy to transport (as well as improving your child's motor skills as they whizz around the garden), while the plant pots, watering can and tools are all designed to withstand wind, rain and tough love.

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  • Age: 3+
  • Price: £22.99

Best For Mini Scientists

10. Hape Deluxe Scientific Workbench

Hape Deluxe Scientific Workbench.
Image © Hape

This fantastic workbench provides 79 scientific pieces and tools and over 15 different creations and experiments are possible, giving kids an inspiring and fun-filled introduction to practical science. Ideal for kids with an interest in STEM subjects, Hape has also released a great "know how" app to encourage learning.

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  • Age: 4+
  • Price: £86.80

Best For Little Mechanics

11. Smoby Giant Black And Decker Toy Workbench

Smoby Giant Black And Decker Toy Workbench.
Image © Argos

With 82 accessories and the chance to build a model motorbike, this workbench is brilliant both for developing motor skills and encouraging kids with a passion for motors! The workbench is large, so this isn't one of the best kids' tool sets for confined spaces, but two large storage boxes and additional storage compartments keep everything neat and tidy and the construction planks, realistic tools and mechanical drill will make your kids feel grown up and ready for the open road.

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  • Age: 3+
  • Price: £55

Best For Budding Carpenters

12. Leomark Wooden Master Tool Set 50pcs Toolbox

Leomark Wooden Master Tool Set 50pcs Toolbox.
Image © Leomark

If your kids love woodwork, this is a brilliant and comprehensive set to help them graduate from toys to the real thing. This functional, wooden case is easily portable and comes with 50 real tools including safety goggles, screwdrivers, a chisel, saw and hammer. Parental supervision is absolutely required and this isn't a set for young children, but for kids who are itching to build and create real life projects this is ideal.

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  • Age: 8+
  • Price: £55.99

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top products for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best kids' tool kits then take a look at these great STEM toys, or for something different why not try the best books on coding?

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