I invited a friend to help with this review, this is what she had to say.
"I was given the opportunity to check out the newly available Lowe's Red Toolbox items. The Red Toolbox is a 'unique line of specially designed tools and carpentry kits for kids' to use & make under adult supervision. The line includes a work bench, cordless drill & other tools and a wide variety of projects.
The tools are made perfectly sized for kids! I got to check out the 10 piece tool kit which included 2 screwdrivers, clamp, saw, file, ruler, tape measure, goggles, hammer & tool belt, all perfectly sized & ergonomically designed for an 8+ year old child. I love the potential of these tools. The tools feel sturdy & will hold up well for all those projects, my husband & I can do with our son. I am looking forward to adding the cordless drill & our workbench to our toolbox.
I also got to check out a couple of Red Toolbox project kits--the Mini Bug Barn Kit & the Treasure Chest Kit. I love that these kits are ranked on 3 levels to grow with your child's skill level & there are several choices at each level. The first level is for beginners--focusing on assembly, gluing, hammering, filing, fully guided bolting, decorating & painting. The second level is the intermediate level--works with guided drilling, semi guided bolting, guided cutting and basic sawing. Level 3--are the most advanced kits--these combine the skills of levels 1 & 2 and them expand sawing techniques. Inside the kit box is all the materials needed to complete the project, the side of the box shows which additional tools--ie hammer, screwdriver etc.--you need. The instruction sheet is very easy to follow, with both picture & written instructions--one side gives basic instructions for all woodworking projects & the opposite side has the specific instructions for that project. Even if the adult has limited woodworking skills, like me, the level 1 project is totally do-able.
I love how much positive influence these projects can have on the life of a child. They get positive personal time with a parent/adult. They can feel a sense of accomplishment with can lead to more positive esteem. They can allow their creativity blossom--choosing how to finish the project ie paint or varnish. With my son, I see improving hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills & ability to follow directions that he really needs, as well as extra bonding time and so much more.
My only negative to the Red Toolbox, was the websites--you can get more thorough information on each individual item at Red-toolbox but it doesn't link you to the Lowe's online website to purchase. The Lowe's website information is not as complete (didn't list levels on the kits). Our other critique is that, we wish the projects were listed by level. But since these problems may improve once the product is in circulation more. But you can always go check them out in person at the your local Lowe's store. Also, these items are very reasonably priced in my humble opinion.
After working with the Red Toolbox items, I made 2 phone calls--first was to my brother, who is good at woodworking (built his home) and has 3 girls and I asked him to review the products with me. He told me that he also liked what he saw and he thought his girls would enjoy making the projects & them having their own child sized tools would be a good thing. My second call was to my father, who also is good at woodworking (built the home I grew up in and is a tech ed/ industrial arts teacher) to tell him about the product & suggest that it would be a good Christmas gift for his grandchildren!"
Thanks to Lowe's Red Toolbox for this kit used for review!
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