Pretend Play : Thoughtful Gifts
Do you know any child that wouldn’t love a toddler workbench? Kids are extremely creative — it’s their nature. Lucky for you to take on the the responsibility of your parenting role to encourage them to develop and learn. Ultimately you get to choose the experiences they explore. Despite what some people think, kids actually want to be challenged and use their curiosity to create and discover new things. Giving a child a toy tool work bench, or a set of tools or any other various pretend toys is a smart decision on your part to harness their boundless creativity.
This Black and Decker model is one of best toddler workbenches and a consistent top seller for years. Although not perfect, it still is a solid recommendation as it offers kids a wide range to tools to play with, such as : Storage Trays, Miter Saw, Phone, Drill Press, Accessory Bin, Vice, Hand Saw, Screw Driver, Hammer Wrench, 15 Screws, 5 Nails, 22 Nuts, Tool Box, Bonus Flashlight.
Black+Decker : Jr. Power Tool Workshop
In a world where kids are spending their precious time in front of computer screens, it’s your duty as a parent to encourage your child to interact with the physical world and teach them how to solve problems — especially when they’re young.
Best Kids Tool Bench
Melissa & Doug : Solid Wood — High Quality
A toddler workbench will ignite the curious mind of any child and give them something meaningful and rewarding to do when they play. I’ve made it my mission here at Chainsaw Journal to discover and write about toys that encourage kids to go outside and play. That’s why I created a section entitled Outdoor Kids to share toys that will inspire kids to imagine and play in a meaningful way.
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Now, I want to share with you the best toddler workbench for your child for ages of 6 months old and up. There’s a toy tool bench in this article for any child, no matter what the age.
I truly believe that all of these toy benches are fantastic in their own way. Far too many toys are mindless and dull, which tend to dull the mind of the child playing with them. Why wouldn’t you want to encourage your child to learn and grow as they’re playing. If a child is engaged with their toys or friends, they don’t analyze it. But while they’re laughing, exploring and figuring things out, their mind is lighting up and making connections that will serve them for a lifetime.
I feel strongly about this because what happens in a child’s early years makes a huge impact later in life. I’m not saying that these toddler workbenches are the only toys that will engage their minds, but they’re one type of toy that you should consider.
Reviews : Best Toddler Workbenches
I’m sure you want to get to the heart of this article and see the different toddler tool benches available. I picked the best models — well at least in my opinion. Not only are all of these toys well-designed and interesting, they’re also high quality toys with a high level of customer satisfaction. As a parent, I’m sure you want a toy tool bench that will stand the test of time
Lastly, you’ll find a toddler workbench for any budget. But honestly, these toys are fairly inexpensive for the amount of tools you get, comprised of the bench itself and then all of the tools and accessories. I’m quite surprised as to how cheap some of they toy tool work benches are but we attribute that to the fact they’re mostly made in China.
All of these toys are excellent for your child’s development, including improving the following:
- Fine Motor
- Balance & Coordination
- Imagination & Creativity
- Thinking & Problem Solving
Step2 Deluxe Workshop | Toddler Workbench
Recommended Age: 3 and up.
- Unique realistic-looking “wood” is made from indestructible Durafoam
- Bins and jars for storage, spring action vise and pretend shop vacuum
- 50-piece accessory set.
- Requires AA (2x) and AAA (3x) batteries.
- Some adult assembly required.
- Includes drill bits, screws, nuts, saw, hammer, vise and much more.
The Deluxe Workshop is a beautiful toddler workbench made to look like the real thing with Step2’s creative use of Durafoam. A large work space provide ample room for your child to play and explore his or her tools and curiosity. This complete workshop includes screw holes, recesses for nut, and screw storage, as well as, an electric drill, 2 drill bits, 8 screws, 8 nuts, saw, hammer, pliers, adjustable wrench, screw driver and 17 “wood” pieces.
I love the fact that Step2 has provided enough room for more than one child to play together. After all, playing together collaboratively will increase their engagement and fun many times over.
As you can see in the photos the attention to detail in this kids tool bench is phenomenal. It features a cabinet and drawers for your child to store their pretend tools and screws. It has a parts bin beneath the play surface to store “wood” pieces after they’re done playing. I love the pretend shop vacuum attached to this toy tool bench as well.
But it doesn’t end there. Nope. There’s also an electronic drill (requires batteries) that your child can interact with, as well as a working shop light to illuminate the work space.
Look at all the tools and pieces you get with this incredible toy. Let me tell you, if I was a kid and my parent bought me this I’d be absolutely ecstatic. Even as an adult I think this is cool.
As you can see, the Durafoam wood can connect together, allowing your child to make her own toys. Your child won’t be bored with this toy for a long time.
Hape Master Workbench | Toy Work Bench
For Ages: 3+
- Kids can now have their own work bench and tools just like a “grown-up.”
- Includes tools, gears, bolts and other parts for creative building.
- All parts are scaled for easy use by young hands.
- Toy finishes are all non-toxic, child safe and of the highest quality.
- All Hape products comply with EN71 and ASTM quality standards – wood used comes from FSC managed forests.
This toy workbench is made by a company call Hape. Hape is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of toys made from sustainable materials. You probably haven’t heard of the company before but their toys are fantastic and this Hape Master Workbench is no exception.
Beautifully crafted out of wood, this toy workbench has a nice mix of modern and traditional styling. I love the vivid accent colors on the bench and tool pieces. Overall, this is a great choice for kids and what I love is that you can purchase extra pieces to expand the possibilities.
Buy some extra parts to build more stuff…
Hape Master Builder Set | Build More
- Encourage and inspire your child to create with these extra parts.
- 62 pieces including screws, fasteners, links and the like, all made according to the signature high quality standards of Hape Toys.
- Includes a building guide to get your child started quickly.
- Non-toxic, child safe.
Recommended Age: 2 and up.
The Little Tikes HandiWorker Workhorse will bring a smile to the face of your young child. It’s the perfect size for toddlers and designed with the right balance of utility and fun. All the parts are the ideal size for small hands and they promote their motor skills as well as improve their hand-eye coordination.
Little Tikes knows how to make toys for kids and this toddler workbench is no exception. They’ve designed storage areas on the the top and both sides of the workhorse so your child has areas to store their stuff. As a parent you’ll love that it folds flat, making it easy to find space in your closet or under the bed.
This is a simple and straightforward toddler workbench that’s a little more challenging than it needs to be to assemble but once you’ve put it together your young one will enjoy this cute toy.
- Storage on top and both sides.
- A convenient carrying handle.
- Folds flat for compact storage.
- Bright and colorful gears that turn.
- Comes with: Hammer, Wrench, Screwdriver, Play nails, Play screws.
- Weight: 6 lbs.
- Made in the USA
Recommended Age: 3 and up.
The Real Projects Workshop is another top notch kids tool bench from Step2. As you can see in the photo how solidly constructed it is. Made from realistic looking Durafoam wood that encourage tactile interaction for preschool and school aged kids. Your child’s imagination will be stimulated by this impressive toy workshop.
I love how the blueprint woodworking plans are conveniently integrated into this toddler workbench. It’s not just for show, those blueprints show your child how to construct the various toys from all the included parts. Some of the toys your child can make are: birdhouse, airplane, boat and tool caddy. How cool is that?
- Includes 65-piece accessory set.
- Requires AA (2x) batteries (not included).
- Some adult assembly required.
- Weight: 14.50 lbs
A battery-powered drill is also included. It makes realistic sounds and is also capable of using the included interchangeable drill bits; allowing your child to drive screws into the Durafoam. Kids love sensory feedback and interactivity in their toys — that’s why they love video games and iPads. But encouraging them to play in the real world is much healthier for their development. This kids tool bench will draw them in and never let them go.
The workbench is very sturdy with built-in spring-action vise, pull-out storage bin, and top and bottom shelves for an organized play area. The work area also has holes for screws, areas for tool storage and an easy-to-adjust angle finder for that extra bit of authenticity.
Step2 has done an excellent job of designing an immersive experience for children. This is a definite winner for children and parents.
- Now your child can be a master builder.
- New Handy Workshop from Hape features carrying case and tools.
- Watch eyes light up with possibility as kids imagine the possibilities.
- These trusty tools are ready for anything.
- Hape toys are made of quality, safe, and sustainable materials.
The new “My Handy Workshop” from Hape provides an outlet for your child to learn, grow and create. You can encourage your child to explore the different tools included in their workshop kit, identifying their name and purpose. Made with durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction. Hape toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their innate abilities. This product, and all Hape products sold in North America meet or exceed all safety standards.
Recommended Age: 3 and up.
The Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Workbench is designed to foster hands-on playing. Made from real wood and jam packed with tools and features that encourage child-parent projects.
This kids tool bench comes with a detailed instruction book that shows step-by-step how to build a wide variety of toys. As a parent you’ll love how this particular toy encourages you to get involved by tackling these toys together.
This toy workbench includes a functioning vise, saw, hammer, sawing board, wrench, screwdriver, tool rack, wooden tools and storage shelves. The only thing your child needs to bring is his curiosity, creativity and imagination.
This toy will encourage your child to solve problems and follow instructions, and while they’re busy having fun they’ll also be developing their motor skills as wells as improving their hand-eye coordination. If you decide to purchase this toddler workbench you need to be ready to help your child with the included projects as they’re probably be too complex to expect them to figure it out on their own, but that’s a good thing. More time to bond with your child and teach them while you’re having fun.
All of the wood parts are pre-sanded and pre-drilled for easy assembly and safety. It weights 18.4 lbs.
This is the most realistic of all the kids tool benches on the list. A little more sophisticated as well. Very cool nonetheless.
Recommended Age: 6 to 36 months.
- Nails light up as they are hit.
- Over 15 sing-along songs, which includes upbeat music, fun sounds and phrases.
- Baby can tap 3 light-up pegs and sing-along with it.
- Volume control for those quiet times.
- Requires AAA (3x) batteries (included).
The Laugh and Learn Learning Workbench is the perfect toddler workbench. Your baby can pound, tap, spin, slide and drill when playing with this toy. Meanwhile, she can discover the alphabet, counting, shapes, colors, opposites and actions. There’s a wide range of interactive experiences to be had with this well-made toy.
Your child can play with the dancing drill, spinning vise, twirling paint roller, count-and-slide ruler and rattling hammer. It’s impressive how much stuff they’ve packed into this little toy. Not to mention the 15+ sing-along songs included.
Oh, and as a parent you’ll appreciate the volume control for those times when you want some peace and quiet. Watch your baby build develop via three different learning modes:
- Colors and sounds: Sensory perception will be stimulated.
- Spinning, sliding & tapping: Fine motor skills
- Interacting via touching, holding, tapping: Eye-hand coordination.
The Home Depot Master Workshop
*No longer available, but here are some newer models that are also quite elaborate:
This product is No longer available. For reference only.
Recommended Age: 4 years and up.
The Home Depot Master Workshop is the most expensive kids tool bench on the list but it’s also the most elaborate and exhaustive in scope. Look at this thing — it’s crazy how much they’ve included into this toy.
Comes with an impressive 60 piece accessory kit that includes realistic Durafoam wood project parts for your child’s projects. There’s lots of storage to keep everything organized and to prevent losing parts, although your child will probably lose stuff as they always do.
I love that it comes with an electric chop saw and drill press. And the working task light is a nice added feature as well.
I’m genuinely impressed with the quality and scope of this kids tool bench. I can ramble on about it but just look closely at the pictures and you can see for yourself how fun this would be for any child. It’s not cheap but it’s worth what you’re paying for as I’m sure this will provide many years of fun learning experiences. Although, as a parent you probably won’t look forward to assembling this particular toy.
I can’t really add anything more as the pictures tell it all. Although this is a Home Depot toy it’s actually made by Step2, which is an excellent toy manufacturer so you know the quality is very high.
- 60 piece accessory set.
- Electronic chop saw & drill press.
- Working light over working surface.
- Lots of storage: Jars & bins. Deep utility sink.
- Realistic “wood” foam.
Little Tikes Tough Workshop | Kids Workbench
Recommended Age: 2 years and up.
Little Tikes Tough Workshop includes 11 accessories. Your child can pretend to cut wood and hit nails — plastic of course. Don’t worry, it’s safe. This is a fairly simple toddler workbench but it’s the ideal size for a bedroom or play room.
One of the unique features of this toy is that your child can cut the wood pieces and the way that illusion is created is via the use of magnets at the end of the wood board. They combine via a magnet and when they’re “cut” they become separated and thus create a believable illusion. Kids will love it.
- Saw can cut play wood pieces.
- Peg board with hooks to hang your tools.
- Storage space behind sliding doors.
- Accessories: Screw driver, hammer, wrench, 2-piece magnetic wood board, nails, screws, hooks.
- Assembly required.
- Weight: 11 lbs.
Recommended Age: 6 months and up.
This Little Tikes DiscoverSounds Workshop has three different colored nails that light up and make fun sounds when your kids hits them with the included plastic hammer. It’s amazing how many toys involve hammers. I guess there’s something primal about knocking stuff around. Either way, this toy allows your child to safely strike things.
This toy has been designed to help further develop your child’s visual comprehension, hand-eye coordination and problem solving abilities. Your child won’t know what’s happening behind the scene but they will be immersed in fun.
- Colored nails light up and make sounds when hit.
- Vise handle turns.
- Tool bin door provides extra storage.
- Pull lever on drill press to drop balls in hole
- Comes with: 1 hammer and 2 balls.
- Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).
- Weight: 3.5 lbs.
Kids Tool Bench
For Ages: 3+
Theo Klein Bosch has a full range of cool toys for children and this kids tool bench exemplifies their commitment to making unique building toys that kids seem to really enjoy.
When choosing the right kids tool bench for your child it will often come down to personal preference and budget. This is an affordable toy that can be quickly assembled and includes enough tools to keep your child occupied for hours at a time.
Includes: toy hammer, pliers, saw, screwdriver, vice, gears, nails, nuts, screws, and faux wood pieces with holes for fasteners Built-in storage includes lower shelf, hanging hooks.
- 17-piece construction set.
- Quick Assembly — 5-minutes.
- Size: 18 3/4″L x 10″W x 28″H
Kids Tool Bench
This product is No longer available. For reference only.
For Ages: 3+
You probably haven’t heard of the Berry Toys but when I stumbled upon this kids tool bench I was intrigued and felt compelled to included in this article. The color scheme tells me that they (the designers) created this toy for boys, not girls.
This isn’t my top recommendation, in fact, it’s at the bottom of the list because it doesn’t have a proven history of customer satisfaction. But, if you want something a little different this might satisfy your needs.
We all have our own unique taste so I try to add as much variety as possible to my product selection because I can’t predict what a child (or adult) will like. Because the design and color choices are strong I can see that this is a kids tool bench that boys will either love or hate. I can’t imagine someone being indifferent to this particular toy.
Toy Tool Bench for Boys
- Made of safe non-toxic plastic.
- Realistic workbench and tools.
Kids Tool Box
Recommended Age: 3 years and up.
The Melissa & Doug Wooden Take Along Tool Kit is the most basic out of all the toys in this article but sometimes simplicity is good. Don’t be fooled as this toy has 24-pieces, which include: wooden nails, screws, nuts and bolts. Your child will enjoy playing with the hammer, wrench and screwdriver to build stuff.
This is an excellent toy for building your child’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Yes, this toy is limited compared to all the other toddler workbenches but it’s inexpensive, well-made and extremely popular for those reasons.
If you’re looking for more options for a toy tool box then look no further than our article entitled: Top 6 Picks for Kids Tool Box.
Kids Tool Bench
- Designed with super fun details and interactive play pieces that your child will love.
- Pretend vice that can be tightened and loosened.
- Pretend buzz saw with rotating blade.
- 4 pretend tools, 10 pretend nuts and bolts.
- Two large storage bins.
- Large enough that multiple children can play at once.
- Durable, sturdy and well-constructed.
- Made from composite wood materials.
- Comes with step-by-step assembly instructions. Frustration free.
- Size: 21.5″ x 14.75″ x 31.5″
- Weight: 13.2 lbs.
This KidKraft kids tool bench is another of my favorites. It has a lot in common with the Hape Master Workbench in terms of design. I think that toy designers are borrowing from each other as this “IKEA” look seems to be popular at the moment. Does it remind you of IKEA? Or maybe it’s just me.
Either way, I love the working vice and buzz saw. Your child can actually ‘fake cut’ the wood. It’s a cool effect that kids will love. Plenty of pieces to stimulate the imagination of a young child. I have plenty of pictures that will communicate more than my words, so without further adieu, check out the beautiful styling of this toy workbench.
The major criticism of this toy tool bench is the fact that it’s not as stable as it should or could be. This isn’t a trivial matter as children will be knocking this toy around. For that reason I’d caution against buying it if your child is a little too wild.
Personally, I recommend the Hape Master Workbench as it’s built tough and sturdy. Taste is a personal thing but stability is an important factor when deciding which toy tool bench to buy for your child.
Images of this colorful Toddler Workbench
I guarantee, this toy will be a big hit with your child for either Christmas or his/her birthday.