I came across Moulin Roty tool sets, which are marketed as tool sets for the young woodworker, and beautifully crafted high-quality tool kits with child-sized tools, and they’re pretty affordable too, with prices starting at $35+ via Amazon. However, Moulin Roty is a French toymaker, and not a toolmaker.
Some of the reviews are positive, others complain about dull tools and so-so quality.
This brings me to ask – are there any great hand tools or brands that you would recommend for children?
Back when I was a kid, my uncle ran the woodworking arts & crafts workshop at our daycamp. We used proper woodworking benches, proper vises, smaller claw hammers, and were supervised when holding projects against the power sander.
I don’t remember if we used hand saws, but if we did, they were probably one of the many types of smaller saws currently on the market. I do remember having to do a lot of sanding with small sheets of sandpaper. That, and we also used plenty of elmer’s glue and shellac.
As an aside, my knock-hockey boards (wherever they may be) are still in great condition, and my two mini step stools can support my adult weight.
I think I would be an advocate of smaller versions of real tools, rather than child-specific tools. Things like 4-1/2″ mini pliers, small claw hammers, smaller screwdrivers, and things like that. There are plenty of tools in my toolbox that are small enough in size that smaller hands could grip them just fine.
But I have zero experience in this field, although I will probably have a full tool kit ready for my son before he’s even ready to talk.
So… for those of you who put tools in your kid’s (or kids’) small hands, which would you recommend? Did you put the kit together piece by piece, or did you start off by buying them a kit?