Building with Red ToolBox (& a Giveaway)

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: davidpruitt@, mmhaville@, trish_white@

My kids have always been builders. Since FishPapa is a carpenter by trade, tools have always been a part of our lives. The kids have watched him build walls, tear down walls, and otherwise remodel two homes thus far.

And our kids learned to swing a hammer at an early age, much to the shock and dismay of my mother.

Wondering why that cute kid is wearing a plastic horseshoe around his neck? This is why.

That was the closest he could mimic FishPapa’s ear plugs. We wear ear protection when we use heavy machinery around here. πŸ˜‰

Obviously, kids love to do what Dad does. But it’s better — and safer — if they have their own tools.

That’s why today’s giveaway is so cool!

Get Building

Red Toolbox products, available at Lowe’s, include a range of real tools and building kits for kids. So fun! I showed hubs the set that we received to review and his comment was, “I was looking at getting those at Lowe’s.”

There you have it: FishPapa approved.

I know my younger set are going to love this activity with Papa.

From the company,

The Red Toolbox line includes a variety of tools made especially for kids – including a 10 piece tool set, work bench and cordless drill as well as unique kits such as a picture pack, newspaper stand and interactive mini-golf accessories that children can continue to use after they have been built. These one-of-a-kind kits feature a level system – with Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced projects. Each level increases in complexity – allowing kids to develop carpentry skills and enhance their creativity as they advance forward.

There is a huge range of Red Toolbox kits. I particularly like the condiment carrier for picnics and parties and the GoCart. (How cool is that?)

Win a kit!

This week three LifeasMOM readers will each win 8-piece Tool Set (includes: Goggles, Tape Measure, Philips Screwdriver, Flat Screwdriver, Hammer, Saw, File, 2″ Clamp) and aΒ sample kit as well as a cordless drill (if required for the specific kit).

To Enter:

Share your experience with building, hammers, nails, etc. (Feel free to make us laugh.)

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, 7/3, at 8pm PST. The winners will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS: davidpruitt@, mmhaville@, trish_white@

Disclosure: I received sample product to review. All opinions are my own.

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  1. Oooh, oooh, count me in! I’ve got the 3rd boy in the oven right now, so we’re in need of some tools around here. =) Why? Because nobody around here knows anything about tools. I married an Air Force chaplain’s kid, and they never had to repair anything much growing up in base housing. My dad didn’t teach me much, either. But we have started to go to the Lowe’s workshops sometimes with Seth, especially in the winter when there isn’t much to do on a Saturday morning…

  2. I have 3 little guys, all under 6, who are always swiping daddy’s tools. They would love it!

  3. My husband is not handy at all so I really want to give my kids some skills around the house. My dad shows them lots of things when he’s working around the house and we have a wonderful handyman who lets my four year old help him measure. We’d love these tools!

  4. My boys would LOVE this! I will check into getting one for my oldest (turning 5 in a month) for a b-day gift! The two of them always have “projects” going on in the basement, outside and any where else they can think of. I love the creative plans they come up with.

  5. My husband is an electrician. The house we live in now was bought for less than $20,000. It was a pit. My husband has spent the last three year remodelling it. He has rewired, replumbed, put in new kitchen cabinets, changed light fixtures, changed windows, built stairs, put in new flooring, and completely rebuilt two bathrooms from studs and subfloor. My three kids (6,4,2) run and get their play tools the minute they see him pick up his real ones. These would be just the thing at our house! =)

  6. Nice Giveaway!
    I have a seven-year-old son, with three elder sisters, who have a Dad who is NOT a dab hand at DIY, and a Scottish Granddad who is!!
    At the moment, we are back home with him, and our youngest is desperate to have a toolbox of his own…. He can tell the difference between a Philips Screwdriver and the regular sort, and has been helping Granddad out with various DIY projects around the house and garden. He loves it!!

  7. Jenelle says:

    My husband and kids are always doing some sort of home improvement project, so they would love these tools!

  8. My boys are always telling me about the things they want to build! Whenever they get their hands on some wood pieces they get together and attempt to create. Sadly, their ideas are always more big then what they can actually accomplish but they certainly try. They would LOVE their own tools so daddy could quit yelling about taking his! Great giveaway, thanks!

  9. HeatherS says:

    Around here it’s my 5 year old daughter who likes to use the tools! She “helped” Daddy put together a bookshelf for her room and this past weekend was “helping” him repair the brick steps on our front porch. She would love this!

  10. Great giveaway! When I was a little girl, I got one of those grocery store check out lanes for Christmas. My parents went back to sleep and when they woke up I had assembled it!

  11. I have a little girl, but boy does she get excited when her cousin leaves his tool bench unattended (toy one) She loves to build things, blocks and legos are some of her favorite toys. I know she would love to learn more. πŸ™‚

  12. One thing my boys are always quick to jump in and help on is DIY projects with Daddy. They love to measure and bring him the tools he needs. Why can’t they get that excited about weeding the garden? lol

  13. No builders around here! But, we can sometimes figure out how to put together IKEA furniture!

  14. I married the anti-handyman. He grew up calling for help for someone to change a freaking lightbulb! Everything was hired out in his household. My dad, however, was Mr. Fix-It. And of course, both of my kids are obsessed with tools and fixing things. It must skip a generation. πŸ˜‰

  15. Anne Marie says:

    I have three little grandsons who are aspiring DIY’ers – they would love this. Since Grandpa is not a DIYer I must enter the picture. I love to do all these handy jobs and want the grandkids to do the same!!

  16. I am not typically considered handy, crafty yes, but I decided to build Ana White’s modern farmhouse table as my first building project. I know way to jump right in. Hubby just laughed and got me the materials from my cut list. I was nervous but determined, and though it didn’t turn out perfect, I am very proud of it. It was mainly using a drill to predill the holes and then add my screws to put things into place. Took me a few hours- and I was pregnant at the time. FIL is a carpenter and he and hubby are still impressed I did it on my own. We will always keep this table, currently as our kitchen table, but may become the kids craft room table. I love the flexibility of it. I want my kids to learn to use tools and not be afraid of trying new things from an early age!!! Love this post, the product sounds great!

  17. As a teenager I helped my dad replace our porch roof with rubber roofing. Just imagine your daughter out on your porch roof with her father. I’m sure it was quite a site!

  18. Emily Suiter says:

    We have been looking at those at Lowes as well!

    We have spent the last 4 1/2 yrs fixing up our 60’s house that needed major repair. Our 3 1/2 yr old has become a little carpentar following daddy every where. Replacing roofs, flooring, gutting kitchen, bathes, fences, raised beds, and much more all by ourselves.

  19. Michael Lah says:

    My daughter asked for a drill like mine just last week! She was helping me build a chicken pen that is attached to the coop we built together. She uses a fabric tool built with a paint can opener, screw driver, and small hammer in it.

  20. Jennifer M says:

    Hammer and nails…. makes me think about all the times that I have smashed my poor thumb!

  21. We’re builders and fixers here and my husband and two older sons are pretty well acquainted with tools and building supply stores. We rarely call anyone for repairs on anything. Sometimes I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse. One of my earliest and funniest recollections of taking my older boys to a popular building supply store, was that they both jumped out of the cart and disappeared from site. Looking all over for them, I finally found them in the toilet display area. They had taken plungers out of the end cap box and put one in each toilet down the line of displays. They were probably about ages 3 and 5. (they are now 17 and 19) When my husband has to go to that store, he says he still breaks out in a laugh nearly every time. Would love to win the tool set to give to my grandson.

  22. Last summer my husband built a garden shed and my 18 month old played supervisor and assistant very well. We have photos of her trying to hammer (with a small, but real hammer) and lugging around the cordless drill. One favorite shot is of Daddy working and daughter looking on with a serious look on her face. It was priceless!

  23. My father the jack of all trades, master of non.. had no boys (just us two girls) So he had to show someone how to do something. My sister helped rewire my house at around 19 ish, as for me I am better at ripping things down/ripping this up. I can dismolish!
    I don’t think I could rebuild something, but I think I can get buy!

  24. kat amber says:

    my fiancee and i bought an older home that the bones of the house are in excellent condition but needs a complete facelift, so we have been slowly working on it and when we do, his 5 year old son is always trying to help out but some of the tools just don’t fit right in his hands.

  25. Marianne says:

    I have a little boy and he has got to know his tools soon. We are not handy around here, but we are getting a little better as the years go by. πŸ™‚

  26. Karolyn says:

    My husband is always fixing things, especially broken toys. When my son was 5 and my daughter was 2, we started going to Lowes Build and Grow clinics. At 2 1/2, they had my daughter building along with her brother. Needless to say, that Christmas both children ended up with their own tool kits. I think the enjoyment of building just runs in the family. I used to sneak into my dad’s work area just to hammer things. So, this family is not afraid to take on any projects.

  27. Kristen says:

    We’ve been going to Lowe’s Build and Grow workshops for about a year and a half now. The kids (1boy, 1 girl) love it, and I love the skills it teaches. They could put this set to good use!

  28. My 2 year old son would be so excited to receive this. I have been looking for a “GOOD” tool set for him. My husband is a great handy man and I know Drew would love to “help” his Daddy! Thank you!

  29. My son has loved tools since he was born. He had a hammer teether. He likes to follow Dad around and use the same tools (another toys that is similar if do not have that one). He will get out any building set and use his tools to build. He loves Bob the Builder and Handy Manny.

  30. Fabulous giveaway! I raised 4 boys and would have loved this. I think both boys and girls should learn some basic skills. Now I will give this to one of my grandchildren.

  31. Jen Fitzpatrick says:

    Tools are such a part of our life around here! We’ve been slowly renovating EVERYTHING in this house since my oldest was born 11 years ago! The kids are thrilled with tools and ALWAYS want to help. Of course, they always want the power tools πŸ™‚ Being in cub scouts, my youngest has a few things to build this year, so this set would be perfect to help us out with this!

  32. Charlene says:

    My 11 year old son has quite a tool collection. However, this would be a perfect start for his 8 year old sister. I grew up with a dad who fixed everything, and so did my husband. (He is now a maintenance director at a nursing home, so he still fixes everything!)

  33. My daughter has a puzzle that has all the tools on it and she uses that to pretend to hammer or screw, etc.

  34. Susie E says:

    I’m ready for my 3rd career. I did the young professional gig before kids, I’ve done the full time mom gig, but now the kids are leaving for college and I want to build, create and decorate. I think i hold the world record for how many hits it takes to drive a nail, (or maybe smash it to death is a better description) but I’m working on getting good enough to actually drive nails in front of someone.

    I’d love to have a my own set of tools!

  35. When I have to take the children to Home Depo by myself to build! It takes a while!

  36. Oh, my! I have 3 “Daddy’s Little Helpers” that would have a blast having their own tools!

  37. That’s us! My daughter can use a power tool like no one’s business πŸ™‚ My son just loves Handy Manny and every hammer is Pat! Daddy on the other hand is a weather forecaster who thinks tools are his second love, but he can’t hang a picture the first time, lol. We just bought a home and I’m sure my little man would love to work beside daddy πŸ˜‰

  38. My husband had to get locking cabinents in the garage so the boys could not get his tools! πŸ™‚ A set of their own would make them soo happy!

  39. My hubby can fix just about anything (thankfully). These tools would be wonderful for our son who loves to imitate his Daddy in all he does.

  40. Creative toys like this would really get a workout in our house! I have two boys, 6 and 20 months, who are both Daddies little shadows, so they would adore some ‘big man’ tools!

    When I need something built, I can’t get past threatening to do it myself – Hubby steps in and does it for me at that point! So I haven’t had a chance to build a disaster yet. Maybe someday . . .

  41. Our experience with tools is limited to hanging things on walls to fixing minor problems. The kiddos would love the tools as it would be as much play for them as it is us!

  42. Rebecca W. says:

    I have 3 girls, but they would love to have these tools too!

  43. Sarah B says:

    I’m always helping my husband build things! It’ll be great when our son can help him too…well more than he does now.

  44. My husband is also a carpenter.
    After several weeks of my hinting towards “buying” a kids picnic table, he finally built one for our 1-year old daughter.
    She would “help” him buy pulling every single tool out of his tool box and set it next to him.
    I think he would appreciate her having her own tools, but she might prefer the “real” ones. πŸ™‚

  45. Danielle Budd says:

    My Son is 19 months old and already thinks he’s mr. fix it. A few weeks ago i was hanging pictures in our hall and looked down and my hammer was gone…My son had it in his room, trying to hang his book on the wall by hitting it with the hammer. Luckily he hit the book and not the wall!

  46. My husband recently built himself a workbench out in the garage. He’s helped his dad remodel several houses over the years, and is helping now and then to remodel his father’s kitchen right now. Well, the kids are totally fascinated by his tools. They want in! And since in a few years we plan to move to a fixer-upper on a lot of farmland, well…I think they might get pretty familiar with tools. πŸ™‚

  47. rebekah says:

    No funny stories here! I don’t try too much with tools…but my little boy sure loves to “fix things like Daddy”. But, on that note, so does my sweet 5year old girl! My baby girl wouldn’t sleep…wouldn’t sleep…I took her over to where her daddy was pounding away with a hammer, and she fell fast asleep! Bring some of those tools our way! πŸ™‚

  48. My senior year of high school my best friend and I took Woodworking. We were the only girls in the class back in ’87-’88 and we really learned a lot. It might take a little refreshing but I would like to pass those skills on to my kids. p.s. My friend won the Woods award that year, I guess she was a little more detail oriented than our classmates.

  49. I have very little experience with tools- other than basic hammer skills. I can hang pictures, etc- but not too much more than that. My husband did just teach me how to use his drill though- it was kind of fun!

  50. Thanks for the giveaway! I am not very inclined towards tools…. I usuually cause more destruction that creation!

  51. Love this giveaway. My son slept with his hammer! He loves any job that involves helping dad with his tools!

  52. Alycia M says:

    How Great! My son would flip to have a tool set all his own!
    I’m apparently not “allowed” to have tools because they ALWAYS go missing! I bought myself a “Do it herself” kit years ago in hopes that my husband would NOT touch it, however, it did not deter him from losing my tools just like he did his own! πŸ˜‰

  53. I have a two year old girl and another girl on the way, and I’d love to get them going with tools!! I’m not the handiest person in the world, but I did teach the kids in my preschool class to hammer, saw and use a hand drill. I’ve never been quite detail oriented enough to make anything ‘real’, but I love messing around. I’m also the handyman in the house, so I’m the one who tries to fix (simple) things when they break….

  54. Danielle says:

    My 3 year old daughter would LOVE to have real tools. She loves playing with her toy tools and banging on everything with her hammer. She even enjoys all the knobs and cranks on the table at the chiropractors office.

  55. When my brother was 2, he was tapping on all the things in the house with a toy hammer. Tap, tap, tap. Then he found the fish tank. Tap. Crash. 30 gallons of water on the floor. Fish flopping everywhere.

    Now that I have 3 boys under 4, who love playing with tools…we do NOT have a fish tank. πŸ™‚

    My boys would love to win this tool box. What a great giveaway!

  56. Wow! I’m going to have to look into these products. My three-year-old LOVES to build. This weekend he had wood propped up all around our storage shed and a broken clothes bar (for hanging clothes in the car). He said that he was installing gutters and drainage pipes.

  57. When I was single (didn’t get married until I was 32) one of my Christmas presents from my parents was a toolbox with tools. It was odd but useful. Once I got married it got assimilated into my husband’s tools. He’s loves fixing things so he has a lot of tools. Now our three year old daughter loves tools as well. She’ll carry around a wrench, put lug nuts on, whatever she can do to be like daddy.

  58. My daughter LOVES to help Daddy when he’s being handy around the house. She has a pretend tool kit that she plays with, and I know that this would be the PERFECT birthday present for her!

  59. We’re building a new barn, and all the kids are helping. It’s been great fun, but we’ve also had two injuries. When you add in doctor bills, it’s an expensive barn!

  60. I married an absolutely fabulous handyman. He has a saved a ton of money through the years. Having two boys they could use some of their own tools to learn right along dad.

  61. Lynette says:

    I have 1 boy swimming in a sea of estrogen with 3 sisters! Anything that he can get his hands on (and that his Dad, Grandpa, and Uncle can encourage him in) that is decidedly “all boy” is well accepted in this house! What a neat tool box idea that I may just have to go get whether we win or not! Here Dad: go and spend the morning building with the boy and his new tool box!

    To answer the question: I have no funny stories about my sons experience with nails and such, because he just hasn’t gotten that far into those things (he’s 3). My 8 yr old daughter though, Grandpa has a work-shop and they built a birdhouse together, including painting it green. We still need to do some detail decorating and than hang it up for the birds – but she was thrilled to be using all the tools and drilling holes and such! My oldest two girls (8, 4.5) have been enjoying the Lowes Free Kids Workshops building music boxes, go-carts, air planes etc. They go with their Grandpa because the weekends they spend the night has just coincidentally been the same weekends they are offering those work-shops!

    Thanks Jess for the giveaway!

  62. Once upon a time I wanted a drill. I asked for it for Christmas. Mostly I asked for it to see what would happen. I’m an oldest daughter, and decidedly girly – always have been. But I was doing Women’s Studies my first year in college (wow – long time ago) and knew it would be an out-of-the-ordinary request from me. I didn’t get a drill. I continued to ask – birthdays and Christmas – for years. No drill. Lots of clothes. Once a sewing machine. Sometimes my brothers received the tools they asked for. Enter my (now) husband. I told him, laughingly of the drill. I’d been asking for one for 5 or so years now and knew I’d never get it from my parents. They just couldn’t see me as using a drill. The second Christmas I spent with my then-fiance, he bought me a drill. Turns out, I never used it really. And when I did, I stripped the heck out of screws. So he used it. Thank goodness I married him!

    I hope that I can help my daughter AND son learn to correctly use tools, regardless of their gender roles. And if my son wants hair extensions or my daughter wants a chainsaw, I honor those requests even when they don’t make sense to me.

    Elegy: Eight years, 5 moves, and 2 kids later, that drill finally gave up last week. It actually caught on fire. We’ll get a new one and this time I will learn how to use it!

  63. I have a master ‘taker-apart-er’ in my 4 year old. It’s nice to see the curiousity…just not when he decides to take apart MY stuff. lol!

    DH is not the handiest person – so I am the usual go-to-fix it person. I can put together IKEA furniture fairly well – but that’s about the extent of my building things. πŸ˜‰

  64. Andrea D. says:

    My husband is working a lot so when it comes to things around the house, I end up doing it because he is so busy. I have learned how to fix holes in the wall (my daughter shut the door too hard) and fix almost half the toys that they are hard with. My favorite tool is a needle nose pliers. I can’t name all the things it has helped me do.

  65. Melissa says:

    We’re now in the middle of re-doing our second house. We seem to have a habit of buying a house that is “just fine” and then changing everything. My boys would love this…they LOVE tools, building, etc.

  66. My boys would love this!!! Let’s just say I need to stay far away from tools! πŸ™‚

  67. I nailed together some old pieces of wood to make tomato cages. I didn’t want to buy anything, so it was nails that I pulled out of the garage wall (that a previous renter left) and stakes made out of wood (from when they pulled up some fencing). My success to split-stake ratio was a little depressing, but the satisfaction was high when I was all done πŸ™‚

  68. Our buys love to be daddy’s helper. Like your son they can get very creative turning ordinary household items into tools. I’ve seen salad tongs used as a wrench, pencils used as screwdrivers… They are willing to “fix” anything around the house for me.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  69. I’m not allowed to hammer….always hammer the nails too far in πŸ™

  70. My kids would love this, they are always taking my husband’s tools. Our son, 3, asked grandpa if he could take his tape measure home last time we were there because he needs to measure his ruler!

  71. My 2 year old somehow found an unattended power drill, stripped off his clothes and proclaimed to our visitors “I like daddy”. So, now our friends think my husband does home repair in the nude.

  72. I have zero experience. My DS would love this!!!

  73. What a great toy! I don’t have much experience with building, etc. Just many frustrating experiences with hammer and nails trying to hang pictures. πŸ™‚

  74. Trish White says:

    Ever since I tried to use the power drill to put up some curtain rods, I am not allowed to do anything around the house. Secretly, I planned that….
    My girls would love this – we always go to Lowes free Build-It clinics! Thanks!

  75. Jennifer C says:

    I have 4 boys and 1 girl. So far the girl is the most handy with the tools! I can say she doesn’t get it from me:)

  76. I attempted to build a bookcase with 4 little ones under me. I turned my back for about 5 minutes and found each and every single nail hammered into a Styrofoam block and the rest of the styrofoam all over the carpet. I learned to build things at midnight.

  77. Jennifer says:

    I have 2 girls, but we already have one small tool set that my older daughter loves. Even girls want to be just like dad. πŸ™‚ In our house we like to figure out how to fix things–usually with the help of google & youtube.

  78. My parents have a photo of me at 5 wearing a red and white checked apron and using a little saw to cut fence boards. I think it was the last time I had fun using tools!

  79. Sally Mcquaid says:

    My kids love watching my husband fix things around the house. When we had to take an entire room down to studs the kids sat enthralled watching him. My daughter wore her kitchen apron with a plastic screw driver and drill in her pocket. My son found our goggles and his play hammer that lights up when you use it. They “helped” him all day with nailing and screwing the hose back together.

  80. Our nearly-three-yr-old is convinced he “helped” Papa last night by using the stud-finder “tool” for an hour. πŸ™‚

  81. my 2-yr-old would so love this!! he’s quite the mimic and would have a great time having his very own tools to help with!

  82. I’m not much of a hammer and nails person…but I did have a crush on my 6th grade shop teacher.

  83. My experience? Yeah, pretty much nothing. Good thing I have a hubby who enjoys that kind of stuff. πŸ™‚

  84. Our boy would love to have this to play with!

  85. I have three little helpers that would love to win this.Sorry but no stories here.

  86. way cool giveaway. We bought a fixer-upper five years ago and it has been a continual investment in time, money, and sweat. My husband is very handy and his dad is a remodeler by trade so we are fully stocked with full size tools and some power tools. My boys would be thrilled if they got some REAL tools of their own!

    For those of us who don’t win the giveaway, we got our son cheap tools at the DOLLAR STORE for a present one year. Goggles, paintbrushes, and a pair of pliers were all $1 each and had no sharp edges. Those are by far his favorite toy tools.

  87. I have NO experience with nails, hammers, etc… I am a girly girl πŸ™‚

  88. Michelle says:

    My dad is a “fix it” kind of guy (and sometimes a little too Tim “the tool man” Taylor for is own good). But he did teach me how to do the basics. My husband, on the other had, not so much. Try as he might, he is just not that skilled, comfortable, talented, patient..I’m not sure what the right word is. We have done quite a few DIY projects around the house, but it is always me leading the job and hubs as my “helper”. Maybe this kit could help me to teach my two young sons (and my big boy, too) how to fix things and build things!

  89. I have two girls and a boy, he is only 2 months old, but my girls love to ‘help’ daddy.

  90. We recently remodeled our bathroom and my three year old son helped his daddy every step of the way.

  91. My kids would love to win this! With 4 boys in my house this would be SO popular πŸ™‚

  92. I’ve got two boys who will love it someday! I like to paint, but that’s about it for my husband’s and my DIY expertise. πŸ™‚

  93. I hammered in screws one time because I figured it was quicker. Oops

  94. I’m a crafter and DIY’er at heart and because it’s a part of who I am I usually have tools laying about. Now, I’m not dumb- I do put my tools up high so the little one can’t get to them but every now and again Mommy forgets to turn a handle in towards the counter (lets blame it on having a 20 month old and simultaneously being 5 months pregnant). On one ocassion my girl got hold of a fairly weighty adjustable wrench. I was sitting on the couch and she’d pulled her step over by the arm where I was sitting. She was gabbing away and spinning the adjustable-thingy and I wasn’t paying very close attention when she says “Mommy!” I turn to look and she pops me on in the nose with aforementioned weighty adjustable wrench. Yes, there was blood. Yes, I saw stars. Yes, it looked like I was a victim of domestic violence for about a week and a half. Yes, my husband refused to be seen in public with me during that week and a half. LOL!

  95. My boys (and husband) would LOVE this! One experience I can share, is when I was about 9-10yrs old my dad decides to build a jewelry chest for me and let ME help! As far as I remember this is the first time I got to help in a building project. So we start the chest and dad decides to let me use the hammer to hammer in one of the nails, while he is holding the nail. Well as you may have already guessed…I MISSED and hit him so hard in the fingers with that hammer that I heard my dad yell louder than I ever have heard. Now my oldest son, 6yrs old) has this chest (he calls it his treasure chest) and my dad and I still like to joke about that day. It meant so much to me to have that time with my dad!

  96. When we were kids my dad would keep us busy with hammers, old bent rusty nails and a large stump he kept in the shop! I would love to teach my girls the love of creating with wood!

  97. I don’t have much experience with hammers and nails. I recall a smashed thumb as a child, while trying to help my Dad with a project. My husband, however, is excellent with all things wood related. My boys would LOVE to have a tool set of their very own. They helped daddy build a birdfeeder from Red Tool Box last year and they all loved it!

  98. I have one boy and another one on the way. My little guy already loves his toy tools, but it would be neat for him to have something that actually works. My husband is super handy, and I know he’ll get a kick out of teaching our boys to build all kinds of things, but his skill with tools means I almost never go near them. I let him handle any tool-requiring fixes. I did hang a few pictures once while he was gone, but that’s about it…. πŸ™‚

  99. Last winter my oldest was 4 and a half and she had open heart surgery on a monday. She did great and came home on Thursday. She napped all afternoon and slept like a rock that night.

    But I really knew she was okay when Friday morning she was “doing construction” with Daddy fixing the baby gate. She was sitting on the stairs with him playing with the tools and handing him stuff. She was so disappointed when it was over they went to the garage to pretend to build a bird house. Yup…on the mend.

  100. My parents always thought it was great that I would head down to the basement to “work on a project.” That is until they realized I’d used the table saw by myself at age 6! My son who also loves projects would love this giveaway!

  101. Charity L. says:

    I do not have much experience with a hammer beyond hanging the occassional picture on the wall. I have terrible aim, even just from the tip of the hammer to the head of a nail and usually clunk myself in the thumb. I therefore am forced to hammer lightly for fear of crushing my fingers. My husband usually does it all to save time. I am hoping my daughter will be able to wield tools much better than me. This giveaway would be a great start!

  102. Heather E. says:

    This would be PERFECT for my son to have his OWN tools! My husband is a VERY handy guy who can fix ANYTHING! And my oldest son (almost 3 yrs.) helps him with every job! I had to ask for my won screw driver for Mother’s Day because my son hid my other one! πŸ™‚ What Mother gets a screw driver for Mother’s Day and is happy?!? There were other more girly presents also. Anyway, this would be PERFECT for my home and my two sons who will grow up loving theses tools! Thank you!

  103. My husband is a contractor as well. I pretend not to know how to hammer nails so he can do it — I preserve the wall and he can show off!

  104. I would love to win this for my daughter’s kids. Her husband does Home Improvements and the children would love it! They are 4 and 2.

  105. My sisters and I always talk about how we did not marry right – none of our hubbys are handy – so I wouldlove to win this for my boys – so that they could teach their dad!

  106. I would love these items for my 3 kids. My kids live to “help” daddy. Just the other day one of the boys borrowed daddy’s hammer and a few nails to build mommy a coat rack. It was cute but not real functional. Maybe the projects will get better each try.

  107. Love this giveaway!! I recently got 3 chickens and have been in the process of building their new home. My sweet little girl who is 2 now knows what a hammer and a screwdriver is! but she has no play ones (at least not yet ;0) she loves to “help” me with the chicken house. would LOVE to win :0)

  108. I have a 5 year old, and 3 year old, both boys. Also, a baby due to arrive any day. (we are going to be surprised as to boy or girl). My 3 year old helps his daddy work around the house. We put up a fence and wooden swing set this spring, and he has been all sorts of help. He knows a lot of his tools by name, and if he doesn’t he asks what it is and what it does.

  109. My husband is getting more and more handy around the house as the years go by, and he would love this set…for our son. I would love to win this set, too. I even have my very own hammer — a tack hammer, and it’s all I need! I keep it in my very own toolbox which my husband keeps stealing. Hmmm. Maybe I should get a pink one….

  110. I would love this! My husband and I just bought a house and we are doing all kinds of renovations. My son, who is 3 1/2 is also enjoying the renovations. The other day we were outside fixing a fence; my son decided that he too would wield a hammer. I turn around to see my 3 year old attempting to hammer a piece of wood into the ground with Daddy’s hammer. Quite an amusing site, slight scary, humorous just the same. We could really use that tool set so we don’t play with Daddy’s tools any more. πŸ™‚

  111. just finished building my toddler a bed. she is OBSESSED with her tools (she started playing with the unused tool kits of friends’ boys about a year ago… we got her a play one for xmas). she would love real ones! right this second she is measuring everything in the room with my (real) measuring tape.

  112. Just this past weekend I attempted to paint our front door only to fail miserably. My husband was NOT happy that I drowned the paint brush in the can of paint. But that is one way to get out of a job you don’t want to do!

  113. My boys would flip over this! They love anything they can get their hands on that looks like daddy’s stuff πŸ™‚

  114. My little guy does the same things yours does. Always turning something around the house into something else. Once an old rabbit ears antenna became a cat gun b/c a cat was threatening birds nesting in a wreath by our door :-).

    Our most recent project was raised beds. Little guy loves tools and was out helping dad the whole way.

  115. My twin boys love tools and love helping daffy. I have happy memories of building a hangar for my doll clothes with my dad.

  116. I’m not much of a builder. The hammer is about the only tool I use-well, besides a screwdriver. My hammer is an old wooden hammer that used to be my dad’s. It’s actually duct-taped together. My husband has his own tools that I don’t usually use. He has always made fun of my duct-taped hammer. I did actually spend a few dollars a few weeks ago and bought myself a new hammer.

    This would be great for my 7 year old son. He loves to help dad and do anything boyish since he has 3 sisters. He would love this set.

  117. Melissa says:

    My husband has a gift, seriously he does. He can just look at something and I swear, if it was broken, it now works beautifully. And he’s a master at figuring out any how-to project on the planet. He gets it from his grandpa and I’m really hoping he’ll pass it on to our little boys. I know he’d love to, and a set of tools for them to play with alongside daddy working would be just wonderful….

  118. My two boys love to play in Grandpa’s garage, which is overflowing with tools, so they would love to win this giveaway. I bet Grandpa would have fun building it with them too.

  119. Pamela J says:

    My one and only building success is assembling a toddler bed. Does that count? My son would love to have some real tools to build with as I have only a few screwdrivers and a hammer. Fun giveaway!

  120. My dad is in construction, so my son would love this! I loved playing with tools when I was a kid, I remember smashing my thumb with the hammer a few times.

  121. I always loved building sets for plays in high school. Nothing like a few power tools to make a girl smile.

  122. I had a Dad who was a carpenter in the age of “Moms cooked and stayed home”, and “Dad’s had a garage full of tools”. I’d like my grandsons to learn to build!

  123. My husband is in construction and our oldest daughter doesnt always understand why she can’t go to work with daddy. I know she would love to have her own tools like his. They would be in 7th heaven building the little projects together! Wish we had a Lowe’s around here so we could go to the workshops. I think when I searched the closest one was over 100 miles from us. Thanks for blogging – I love reading them all!

  124. Emily Jo says:

    My boys love to fix things! At ages 4 and 2 1/2 I am constantly having to monitor exactly what it is that they are allowed to “fix”. For example only daddy is allowed to fix the water heater. They will use anything to fix things. A hairbrush makes an awesome hammer and hairspray looks an aweful lot like W-D 40, and dental floss is the same thing as a tape measure to those hoodlums. I love how their imaginations work though!

  125. I remember when I was a kid, and my dad asked me to hand him a screwdriver. I didn’t know which one he meant, so I asked if he wanted me to hand him the “plus one” or the “minus one” (Phillip’s or flathead).
    A few months back, I heard my own child describe them to me in the same way, and I had to chuckle!

  126. I helped build a Habitat for Humanity house once. By “help,” I mean, I think I hammered a few nails and was there for the moral support of the others. Let’s just say I know nothing about construction. Hope our boys are more like their daddy, who is quite handy. They would love this toolkit!

    • Demetria says:

      @Susan, That’s an amazing experience! I hope to get my kids doing service projects like this as they get older πŸ™‚

  127. We LOVE Red Toolbox kits. My husband and son have built the jewelry box and the bird house so far.

  128. Angeline says:

    I have three boys ages 13, 10, and 4 1/2 with a mysery baby in the oven. My husband is a mechanical engineer who has every tool known to man. Needless to say, my boys (and the neighbor boys) can get pretty curious and any distraction is welcome. In addition, I am not “authorized” to even hang a picture alone. Have to admit, it is nicer than having a man who can barely change a lightbulb!

  129. Demetria says:

    Our little guys are regulars at the free clinics offered through the Lowe’s Build & Grow program. They especially loved the three piece train set they built in December. I’m amazed at how well my 3 year old can hammer. He’s certainly developing those motor skills quick. We make it to Lowe’s clinics as often as possible and the boys get inspired to try to plan and build their own creations here at home. Eat your heart out, Bob the Builder! My boys are into the real deal πŸ˜‰

  130. I have three boys, and the oldest two, ages 3 and 4, love to make projects at Lowe’s with Daddy, so we would love to win kid-sized tools. They’re always asking to use Daddy’s!

  131. My daughter is too small yet, but my husband fully intends to train her to use tools properly (unlike her mother). Children love to imitate what grownups do, and this will be a great bonding activity with Daddy.

  132. Hilary Richards says:

    I am not good with tools, but my husband is. My 4 yr. old girl and 2 yr. old boy love following Daddy around using his tools. They would love a set of their own.

  133. Rebecca Scott says:

    Unfortunately I have about zero experience with any kind of tools, but I want my daughters to be able to learn a lot more than I did from their dad = ) What a cool idea for kids to be able to build along side their daddies!

  134. My grandpa use to give me scrap wood and bent nails to try and hammer in. I really thought I was going to build something. He just wanted me to stay out of the way. Worked for both of us.

  135. My dad was a framing contractor growing up. He built my grandma’s house and my great grandma’s house. He taught me how to use tools and I have. DH and I have done some home remodeling projects in our last house and are getting ready to do some projects in our current house! Plus, we have a little boy who needs some tools of his own to learn some life skills.

  136. This sounds really neat. We all learned how to use basic tools growing up. My daughter loves the small collection of tools we have and would love to use them more often. I know kid sized tools would be even better for her.

  137. jill otte says:

    We love Lowes projects and use them for Christmas presents.

  138. one of my boys would be over the moon with this – I need to check these out! He loves to use random nails and screws with scrap wood to build things. I’d love to have him also use a kit so he can learn some true skills vs just random playing (which is good as well since its creative).

  139. Cool! My little guy is 3 1/2 and wants to start using daddy’s tools.

    Before I was married, in my first apartment, I was trying to pound nails and crush candy with the heel of a shoe because I didn’t have any tools. My boyfriend’s sweet parents bought me a tool box and starter tool set for Christmas that year, and I still have it today. I get so mad when my DH steals MY tools!

  140. I’ve tackled a few sets at Lowe’s with my son. They’re really fun – it started with me building almost the whole thing and now he helps figure out where parts go and we take turns hammering. Although, I always get at least one nail that goes out the side. The play tools are fun, but I like that these are real tools – he’s 4 now, so I think he’s ready to learn how to use kid-size real tools safely and appropriately.

  141. Colette says:

    My husband is building a deck for us right now. I let him do it his way while I watch the kids. I’m not super handy, so I’m sure thankful to have a husband who is. My daughter wants to be just like him now!

  142. Tessa B says:

    I don’t really have any experience with building, but I think my husband and son would love this!

  143. My husband is always fixing something around the house and our boys are always trying to help. They would love these toys!

  144. Growing up on a farm, we learned to use tools early on. My kids don’t experience quite the same thing, but its an important skill to hone. My little guy would really love this so he can “help” dad around the house more.

  145. Melissa says:

    I love to fix and build things with lots and lots of help!

  146. we would love this. my little one always takes her daddy’s tools when he has them out and i’m constantly running after her so she doesn’t hurt herself!

  147. We built our house, which was a stretch for me, but I’m not afraid ofpower tools anymore!

  148. Rebecca says:

    We’ve got a house full of girls and my 2 oldest ones are really pretty good at that sort of thing. Me, not so much. A couple weeks ago, I was helping my 4 year old with a project that involved a hammer and I was opening my mouth to tell her to wait, she was going to smash my finger when, yep, she did!

  149. Aleisha says:

    This sounds great! My dad is a carpenter and my husband has become quite the handy man in our years of marriage, so my son was introduced to tools at an early age. He would love a set of his own so he can work with daddy and pop.

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