Easy DIY Woodworking Kits for Kids' Toys
Give all the pint-sized DIYers on your list classic wooden gifts, made with love by you
Rocking horses, toy chests and dollhouses are just a few of the classic gifts generations have treasured. Now you can give all the pint-sized DIYers on your list those same classic gifts, and make them yourself with the help of these DIY toy kits. They're perfect for kids of all ages, and will be treasured for years to come. The best part? All these gifts can still make it to your door by Christmas.
Your eager DIY apprentice needs his or her own tool set and carrier. This 24-piecer comes with tools, nails, screws and all the nuts and bolts they might need. Perfect for preschoolers, this toy is recommended for ages 3 and up.
About $12.99; MelissandDoug.com
If you don't quite have the space for a real pony, make this handcrafted wood version instead. The horse pictured here is unfinished pine, but there are lots of woods and finishes to choose from. Everything you need comes with the kit, and the plans can be downloaded. If you don't want to build it yourself, you can order from the website—just allow two to three weeks to ship.
About $135; ABabysWorld.com
Every fairytale needs a cottage in the woods. This ornate house, complete with architectural details—including two bay windows, a porch and shutters—is the perfect gift for any aspiring prince or princess. It comes in pre-cut boards, with nine pieces of furniture to deck out your new home.
About $50; Grandparents.com
This adorable birdhouse kit by Greenleaf Dollhouses is made for bluebirds and cardinals. Because it needs no nails or glue to put together, this is an easy project you could do with your kids. A pattern for painting is included, and the site has several different birdhouse designs to choose from.
About $14; GreenLeafDollhouses.com
This tool bench is a scaled-down version of the real thing—perfect for DIY families. The holes for tool storage are so simple and convenient, you might even copy the design for your own adult-sized version. The bench includes wooden tools, a functioning vise, hardware, and a storage shelf—the perfect starter set for future TOH fans.
About $99; MelissaandDoug.com
A life-sized playhouse is every kid's dream, but it can come with a hefty price tag. This 5x7 model, which has real cedar shingles and a working door and window, costs about $3,500 for the pre-cut wood and plans. But if you think you can DIY for cheaper, you can buy the plans for a much more affordable $99.
About $3,500 for the complete kit, $99 for plans; Summerwood.com
TOH has showed you how to make a toy chest with your kids before, but if you don't feel like cutting the wood yourself, opt for a kit like the one for this beautiful cherry chest. The kit comes with pre-cut pieces and all the hardware you need. Like many toy chests out there, the closed lid can also function as a bench seat, and the hinges are designed to prevent little fingers from getting caught. This model is available in three different finishes.
About $105; Sears.com
For the thespians in the house, this puppet theater kit by Maxim is the perfect gift. Sporting details such as a curtain, built-in storage area, and a chalkboard to announce show times, this puppet theater will be the source of endless entertainment for your creative kids. Puppets not included.
About $107; OutOfTheToyBox.com
This Vermont Farmhouse by Real Good Toys is as pretty as the real thing. And if the seven-room home isn't big enough for the serial renovator in your kid, the site also sells additions that add two rooms to either end of the house. Just like the homes old-house lovers hope to own, this farmhouse comes with real wood shingles, wood floors, interior crown molding and a spacious porch.
About $153; SimplyKidToys.com
This 4-by-10-inch jewelry box kit includes pre-cut walnut wood, a glass music movement cover, hardware and a velvet compartment liner. The wood is unfinished, so you can stain or paint it any color you like. Music box movements and winding keys are sold separately.
About $45; Rockler.com
Kids of all ages love toy trains, so why not buy one the family can build together? This wood locomotive kit comes with pre-cut sanded wood, instructions, hardware, and the tools you need to put it all together. Your train will be up and running in no time.
About $20; Whistle-Stop.com