Best Kids Tool Bench in 2017

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Kids love pretend play. And all children love to pretend to do the things their mom and dad do. Having a kids tool bench will encourage your child to pretend to be just like mommy or daddy. Just like a play kitchen, choosing one of the best kids tool bench offers a variety of benefits that come along with pretend play. In this post we’ll provide some kids tool bench reviews which will help you decide which is the best one for your kid.

Best Kids Tool Bench Reviews

In our overview we’ll be reviewing the following kids tool benches.


Black And Decker Kids Tool Bench


black and decker kids tool bench

If you are someone with a ton of Black and Decker tools, your kids will love using miniature versions of them in the Black and Decker Junior Power Tool Workshop. This set comes with more than 50 accessories. Some of the included tools are a toy miter saw, toy drill, and toy flashlight.

This tool bench is made of plastic and stands 21 inches wide, 14 inches deep, and 39 inches high. The back includes a black plastic peg board for hanging the tools.

It does require 6 AA batteries. These are for the miter saw and drill. When each are pressed down they sound like the real thing. There is also a vice at the end of one side that makes a cranking sound.

Pros
  • This workbench comes with a lot of great accessories.
  • Kids will be entertained by the realistic sounds that the miter saw and drill will make.
  • Comes with a project that your kids will have a great time putting together.
Cons
  • The tools are all made of plastic so they don’t have a good weight to them.
  • Workbench is a little flimsy when put together
  • Only comes with one set of wood pieces. It would be better if there were more options for screwing and nailing pieces together.

 


Step2 Real Projects Workshop

Step2 Real Projects Workshop

This Step2 kids workbench comes with fake wood pieces that your kids can use to create various projects. Some great construction ideas are conveniently located on the back of the toy in blueprint form. But of course your child could also be creative and come up with their own designs. This really brings out the creativity in your kids and allows for hours of creative play.

The Step2 Real Projects Workbench comes with a battery operated power drill with multiple drill bits. The other tools included are a plastic so and plastic hammer. The bench does have a working (but not dangerous) vice on one side. It also features two storage bins to store both your tools plastic screws that come with the bench and the wood pieces.

Pros
  • This set comes with foam wood pieces for endless construction combinations.
  • Nice storage options.
  • Multiple options for fine motor fun.
Cons
  • This set is plastic.
  • Only comes with a few tools.
  • Storage drawer is difficult to open and close.

 


Step2 Deluxe Workshop

Step2 Deluxe Workshop

The Deluxe by Step2 has a lot of really cool features that build upon those of the of the Real Projects Workshop. There’s a peg board in the back of the bench, under counter mounted jars for storing nuts and bolts, and tons ofother great features.

Kids can work on their numbers and measuring skills using the measuring tape at the front of the tool bench.

Just like the Real Projects workbench, the  Step2 Deluxe Workshop comes with their realistic Durafoam wood which can be used to put together many different projects. This workbench comes with standard birdhouse project. What we love is the multiple storage areas that can have the tools and the fake wood.

The 50 piece accessory set included with this kids tool bench will keep your little carpenter busy for weeks to come. There’s an electronic drill, a vice, a shop vacuum and many other tools available for pretend play.

You’ll need a few sets of AA and AAA batteries to keep the sound action on the tools up and running.

As far as size is concerned, this tool bench measures 15 x 34 x 40.75 inches.

Pros
  • This set comes with tons of accessories.
  • We love the Durafoam “wood” which allows for endless creative options.
  • Great storage options on the workbench.
Cons
  • This is a plastic set.
  • There is limited functionality with the screws and wood. If your kids wants to hammer and screw things together, this may not be the right set.

 


 Little Tikes Tough Workshop


Little Tikes Tough Workshop

Little Tikes Tough Workshop kids tool bench has a lot of great features. Like the other benches we reviewed, there’s a peg board at the back with hooks to hang various tools. One side of the tool bench futures a table saw. The front of the workbench features a working vice.

Below the main work bench surface there’s a sliding door with storage to hold whatever accessories you want to put in there. And the workbench comes with a total of 11 accessories – hammer, nail, screwdriver, wrench, and more! Your kids will love all these options.

If you are short on space in your house, this is a great option due to it’s size. The tool bench is 15.5 inches long 21.5 inches wide and 31.5 inches tall. As a result, children two years and older will enjoy this workbench.

Pros
  • Made in the USA
  • Perfect size for smaller toddlers
  • No parts that make sound (pro for parents,  a con for kids)
Cons
  • This bench is made of plastic.
  • Doesn’t come with as many accessories as other workbenches.
  • No parts that make sound (pro for parents,  a con for kids)

Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Workbench

Melissa & Doug Wooden Project Workbench

The Melissa and Doug Wooden Project workbench is a great option if you’re looking for a wooden kids toy tool bench. This is a larger workbench than some of the others. After you assemble the bench it will stand  26 inches by 18.75 inches by 24 inches and weigh 18.8 pounds. The working surface is about 22 inches high which you’ll want to keep in mind when buying. Depending on the size of the child, this may be too high or too small. The recommended age for this tool bench is 3 years and above.

You will find this is a very sturdy bench for your children due to it’s size and weight as well as the fact that it’s made of wood.

Unlike some of the other options there isn’t a pegboard back but there it is a tool rack where your kid can place each of the tools. The tools that come with this toy bench are hammer, saw, sawing board, wrench, vice, and screwdriver.

There’s also some great storage below the bench or you can throw some of the tools or other accessories that you want to put underneath.

Pros
  • This kids tool bench is made from wood.
  • There are no parts that make sound (no batteries!)
Cons
  • A few more construction pieces would be nice.
  • Some mentioned that this product wasn’t as high quality as some other Melissa & Doug products.

Hape – Early Explorer – Master Workbench Wooden Play Builder Set

Hape - Early Explorer - Master Workbench Wooden Play Builder Set

If you’re looking for a wooden kids tool bench, the Hape Early Explorer Workbench is a great option. Your child will use this table for years to come as due to the height-adjustable feature. A total of 32 accessory pieces come with us workbench. Kids will find a hammer, saw, screwdriver, wrench, vice and much more.

Additionally, the back of the workbench features a peg board, and unlike some of the other tool benches we’ve reviewed, this can be used for nailing dowels and gears that spin and interlock. It comes with many wooden shapes that can be screwed and nailed together. These can even be screwed right to the workbench. This helps kids develop creativity and problem-solving skills as they play with this workbench.

This is probably the best kids tool bench for kids 3 years and older. The dimensions of this product of 21.6 inches by 11.1 inches by 31.8 inches making it one of the taller tool benches.

Pros
  • The workbench is made from wood.
  • Construction pieces allow for many construction combinations.
  • Adjustable height feature is great for growing kids
Cons
  • Difficult assembly with some complaining of poor assembly instructions
  • Some of the accessory pieces are made of plastic.

How to Choose the Best Kids Tool Bench For You

If you’re looking to buy your child one of the above best kids tool bench options, here are some things to consider before you buy.

  • Size – Make sure to measure the location you will put the tool bench. Many of these are large and not easy to store so having a place in mind will come in handy.
  • Materials – Some people like wood or wood composites over plastic. Check the materials so you pick something that you’re comfortable with.
  • Accessories – There are a few sets that come with a vast number of accessories, including play wood made of foam.

 


best kids tool bench

featured image from flickr – Seamus McCauley

We hope your found this kids tool bench review helpful.  Let us know if we missed any of your favorites. We’d love to review more of your favorite workbenches.

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