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There is nothing more fun than tinkering with your own tool set. And educational too! But you also want to be able to take the stuff with you.

Toolboxes like this all-time best classic from Melissa & Doug ensure that they can learn wherever they want. When they are done, everything can also be neatly stored. It's a very sturdy one wooden box where everything fits.

In this article I look at what you should pay attention to when purchasing and I have reviewed the 5 best sets.

Best Wooden Toy Tool Boxes Reviewed

Let's take a quick look at the top picks. Then I'll take a closer look at each of these options.

Overall best wooden toy toolbox

Melissa & DougTake Along Toolbox

Melissa & Doug has a lot of good quality wooden toys like this sturdy wooden box for carrying the tools.

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Best building materials

KidwillTool Kit

You can build much more than just cars using the wooden building pieces and nuts and bolts.

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Best Cheap Wooden Toy Tool Box

Toywoo43 piece set

Includes 43 accessories. 5 tools, a drill, 3 bits, 11 screws, 11 nuts and 12 wooden strips to attach everything to.

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Best tools

Le Toy VanTool box

It's an expensive set, that's true. But the tools are beautiful and sturdy. You can see this especially with the pliers that are also really easy to operate.

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Best tool box for school kids

HapeScience Experiment Toolbox

It consists of 32 pieces with which you can make 6 experiments. It's mostly about learning the science behind these experiments.

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Wooden toy tool box buying guide

When buying a wooden tool box for your child you want to pay attention to a few things.

Age

Does it suit your child's development and are there no small pieces that young children can swallow? Those are the main considerations.

A basic set of wooden tools and large nails and screws is fine for any age. Especially fun from the age of 3, but 2-year-olds could also play with it.

Melissa & Doug and Le Toy Van are perfect for this.

The smaller pieces, such as the set from Kidwill and especially the Science Kit from Hape, are less suitable for small children and are better served from the age of 4.

Sustainability

We've rated each set for durability on a scale of 1 to 5. Although they're all made from sturdy wood, there's sometimes a saving on mounting.

For example, the Melissa & Doug set has been kept cheap by gluing many parts. Fine in itself, but a child of 5 or 6 could turn the tops of the bolts off.

That's why it's important to look at this kind of thing for what age it fits.

Replayability

It's nice when a set is age appropriate and durable enough to last, but if it's not fun to play with it, it's no use at all.

That's why I also rated the replayability of each set.

Here you have to pay attention to the number of building pieces that are included. Whether it also plays nicely without frustration from things that don't fit. Whether they can express their creativity in it.

Top 5 Wooden Toy Tool Boxes Reviewed

Overall best wooden toy toolbox

Melissa & Doug Take Along Toolbox

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8.8
Toy score
Building
4.1
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
4.6
Best for
  • Good price for a durable product
  • Tools and a number of construction parts in one
Less good
  • Not strong enough for 6 year olds

Melissa & Doug has a ton of wood toys good quality and this is one of them. A sturdy wooden box to carry the tools.

The box itself also serves as a means to attach the screws so that they always have something to play with.

It's a back to basics set, but sometimes that just makes it more fun.

This brand has the additional advantage of being very durable. Sure the toys last a long time, but they also plant trees back to be able to continue making their wooden toys.

There are 24 parts included. Tools like a hammer, wrench, and screwdriver. And also wooden nails, screws, nuts and bolts.

Simple tool toys like these are suitable from age 3 and fun until about age 5.

Children older than that can also apply too much force and, for example, unscrew the top of the bolts (they are glued, not one piece).

The workbench we have from Melissa & Doug has this same problem. Sturdy up to about 5 years but after that it is a bit too cheap.

Other than that, there isn't much special about the box. There are several on the market. Hape, for example, also has one.

But you get a lot for a good price and from a sustainable brand.

Best building materials

Kidwill Tool Kit

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9.1
Toy score
Building
4.8
Replayable
4.9
Sustainability
3.9
Best for
  • Good tool kit including building material
  • Lots of different parts so you can be creative too
Less good
  • Quality case was a bit disappointing

Everything is made of wood including a sturdy wooden case. That makes this a very nice construction set.

In addition, it naturally has wheels in the set, so that you can also build nice cars with the building pieces.

Everything is included such as a hammer, wrench, pliers, ruler, saw, screwdriver, nuts and bolts.

You can build much more than just cars using the wooden building pieces and nuts and bolts. In fact, they can make anything they can think of.

It is sometimes a bit of fiddling, but that is also very good for fine motor skills. I often had to help my son (4) when he wanted to build more difficult things.

It is made of solid wood and quite sturdy. The suitcase could have been a bit firmer, especially considering the age category for which it is intended.

The examples are also nice, but you can often only make one at a time, which was a bit disappointing.

Also read: this is all the best wooden toys with wheels. The Kidwill Toolkit is one of them.

Best Cheap Wooden Toy Tool Box

Toywoo 43 piece set

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7.7
Toy score
Building
4.1
Replayable
4.2
Sustainability
3.2
Best for
  • Wooden drill makes it a complete set
  • Low priced for a lot of tools
Less good
  • Made very cheaply

A cheap set that has not been thought through very well. For example, there is a rotary slide for the wrench, but it is in one piece so cannot adjust its size at all.

Nice that a wooden drill is also included. This makes it a nice complete set.

Includes 43 accessories. 5 tools, a drill, 3 bits, 11 screws, 11 nuts and 12 wooden strips to attach everything to.

The parts are well finished so that you don't get splinters and treated with environmentally friendly water paint.

It is a bit difficult to keep everything in the box while closing it because the tool is held back with a string.

I always have to help with that so they can't store it all by themselves.

The case isn't very sturdy either, held on with mini screws that easily fall out, or the wood breaks when attached.

Eventually you can just store all of them in it and put it in the closet, but they may not be able to lug it around themselves anymore.

Best tools

Le Toy Van Tool box

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8.5
Toy score
Building
3.4
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
4.9
Best for
  • Very very sturdy toy
  • Extra drawer to store everything
  • Fun glue for pretend play
Less good
  • Not much building material included
  • Very pricey

Where Melissa & Doug saves some money on the quality to keep the set cheaper, Le Toy Van does not.

It's an expensive set, that's true. But the tools are beautiful and sturdy. You can see this especially with the pliers that are also really easy to operate.

The box also has a compartment that can slide open and of course the large container for all the tools.

It comes with 11 accessories: a cloth bag, pliers, a screwdriver, a wooden board with two holes, two nails, a bolt, a screw, wood glue and a hammer.

Especially the glue is a funny idea. Here's a lot of play with pretending to stick things.

There isn't very much in it. It's also more pretend play than actual building or crafting.

The Kidwill set in particular is more fun for that, but almost every set on this list has more material to build with.

That was clearly not the approach of Le Toy Van. Just very sturdy toys for the construction worker who wants to repair things in and around the house.

Best tool box for school kids

Hape Science Experiment Toolbox

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9.1
Toy score
Building
4.8
Replayable
4.5
Sustainability
4.3
Best for
  • Lots to build
  • Truly educational set that teaches the science behind the experiments
Less good
  • Quite pricey
  • Somewhat few pieces to use it only as a building set

This is a great fun set for schoolchildren aged 5 and up, but some parents are already playing with children as young as 3. Then it's just a nice building set.

Really to master the intricacies of construction.

The other sets on this list are actually not suitable for that age anymore, only up to about 5 years old. The Kidwill set maybe up to a little older if they enjoy building with it.

It consists of 32 pieces with which you can make 6 experiments. It's mostly about learning the science behind these experiments.

This way they can learn about pulleys and the lever principle. But there are many more activities in it.

The App is also a nice addition, especially for smaller children. He really explains step by step what they have to do and why.

You can also use this set well with other science sets from Hape.

Conclusion

There is a lot of wooden toy tools for sale, but with these sets you can be sure that you will not make a bad purchase.

Also read: these are the 20 best wooden toy brands we found

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Joost Nusselder, the founder of Speelkeuze.nl is a content marketer, father and loves trying out new toys. As a child he came into contact with everything related to games when his mother started the Tinnen Soldaat in Ede. Now he and his team create helpful blog articles to help loyal readers with fun play ideas.