As my offspring steadily advances through her beginning stages of existence, I scour toy aisles with the eye of a father. Previously drooling on Technics Lego sets with motors and gears, now I fearfully eye Barbie dolls and shudder at the thought of her and her freeloading friends scattered about my living room floor. Nevertheless, I search for things that will help my spawn along her journey. Recently I happened upon Real Construction’s tool set and find I’m rather conflicted about it.
The set features “real tools” which are of course plastic and an unknown, alien substance dubbed “Kid Wood.” Kid Wood looks, smells, and feels just like what we old-timers would call foam — mostly because it is foam. The teeth, and I use the term loosely, on the plastic saw are nothing more than bumps. It’s all very depressing.
The box claims it’s designed for safety and makes no mess. I’m not sure what’s so great about this. The thing that makes tools cool is they aren’t toys. They can hurt you but can also do a number on wood or metal. I had my first set of small tools when I was the recommended five years of age and suffered nothing worse than crappy projects and a few bruised or cut fingers. This doesn’t seem like progress to me.
Am I off base here, or do kids need to be nerfed this bad? Let us know in comments.
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