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I Made That - Woodworking for Kids

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I Made That wood craft kits for kids
Ages 4-8 with adult help, 9-12 independently

If you've shopped for toys lately, you'll agree that clever design is a rare and precious thing.

Especially clever design that inspires creativity while developing practical skills, hands-on.

Well, I've got one for you.

I Made That woodworking kits let kids get the feel of creating wood furniture from start to finish. The pre-cut pieces slide together. There's a cute wooden hammer included for pounding in the pegs that hold the pieces together. In fact, everything's included - you don't need to get up to get anything once you open the box.

My kids made the stacking box and the stepstool. It took them about 15 minutes to glue and assemble each unit. The painting (paint and brush included) takes a little longer. You can see their finished items here.

The kits are all-inclusive, the directions clear, and the designs strong, simple, and easy to put together. My only quibble is that there's not enough of each paint color - you have to use several colors to cover the object, and there's not enough for a second coat. But maybe that is a conscious choice too, because the paint problem probably inspired my kids to create a more creative finish.

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