Tools for Kids
The best tools for pint-sized DIYers
Every handy kid needs some tools, whether it's for helping with weekend fixes or building a school project. Most adult tools come in sizes small hands can hold. Pull saws, or handsaws that cut on both the push and pull, will be easier for kids just learning how to use tools. Fill your new toolbox with this group of basics.
1. An 8-inch square can also be a straightedge and a ruler.
2. An 8-inch torpedo level won't be bigger than the kid doing the leveling.
3. Small hands can keep a grip on a 16-foot measuring tape without causing the tape to snap back.
1. A small handsaw with a comfortable grip and teeth that cut on both the push and pull strokes can help kids learn how to saw through thick wood without getting frustrated.
2. A Japanese-style saw has a thin blade that cuts on the pull stroke, making it easier to control for small cuts.
1. A small staple gun is essential for many kid projects. Just be sure kids know to watch their fingers when they use it and to never shoot staples at anyone.
2. A 7- or 8-ounce finish hammer is just the right size for smaller hands. It can't sink a framing nail, but it will do just fine with finish nails, brads, and tacks.
1. Needlenosed pliers can help awkward hands grip small objects.
2 and 4. A set of basic screwdrivers, both Phillips and flat-head, will be used over and over.
3. An adjustable wrench is the best way to tighten nuts onto bolts.
5. Tongue-and-groove pliers add leverage in many tightening—and loosening—tasks.