By Toys to Grow on

Reviewed for Third Grade, 2010

Get your build on! This very cool set contains all the nails, glue, and pre-cut wooden pieces junior woodworkers need to make three good looking projects: a toolbox, a treasure chest, and a small display shelf. In addition to bragging rights, your carpenter will work on fine motor skills, building hand muscles for the more complex writing tasks of third grade. High quality materials lead to beautiful results, but instructions could be better—all the more excuse to make it a parent-child project and sneak in some quality time with your increasingly independent kid. (Toys to Grow On, $39.95)