My daughter is just under two years old now, and has already figured out how to work a flashlight, digital camera, and, much to daddy’s dismay, a screwdriver. Therefore, every time I wander past these kids’ tools, my other half seems to think they’re just what we need. After a lot of thought on the matter and watching my daughter use different objects, I can’t help thinking that TM readers were correct — that she is more than capable of dealing with real hand tools when she gets older rather than gimmicky stuff now.
This little kit from Red Toolbox runs $10 and looks pretty solid. However, if you think about it, other than the hammer there’s nothing here that’s any different from the stuff I have in the shop. I’ve already got stuff she can have that A) wouldn’t cost anything to give her, and B) is the real deal.
This, combined with the fact that a child should never be left alone with tools in the first place, means you’re going to be involved in whatever they are doing anyway, so why not arm them with tools and skills they can build upon later?
Case in point: The power went out in the house the other night. The young’n didn’t panic but instead fumbled over to the little table in the corner, found her 2 AA Mag-Lite I gave her, switched it on, and came over to me, sat in my lap, and said “I got you.”
Fast forward that same spirit 15 years from now when a tire blows on her on her way home, and I have hope for the future. Giving kids real tools may seem like a stretch, but you’ve got to start somewhere.
Set A [Red Toolbox]