By Lakeshore Learning

Reviewed for Second Grade, 2012

Build-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit

For honest-to-goodness building that brings real challenges and real inspiration, the Built-It-Yourself Woodworking Kit is just right for the right kid. It doesn’t come with a toy hammer; it comes with a hammer. And it doesn’t come with toy nails; it comes with nails. Luckily, it also comes with a detailed instruction book and clear safety guidelines that tell kids not to use the hammer and nails unsupervised. With your help, your young carpenter can make seven simple projects, like a pencil holder and a toy train on wheels, from a nice assortment of over 80 pieces of pine. (Lakeshore Learning Materials, $29.95)