I have owed this to my son for a while now. Last year we donated his pretend Black & Decker tool bench to charity and despite having not touched it for months my son was suddenly heart-broken with the loss. At the time I promised we would replace it with a toolbox he could actually build with.
Holidays and a birthday have come and gone without the replacement. In my defence the lack of toolbox has not stunted Lucian’s building or curiosity. Every cereal box is visualized into some sort of vehicle often with boosters or a zip line.
I think STEAM building activities are important for both my children. While my daughter, Maura, leans toward science and art, Lucian gravitates to technology and engineering. I walk the line between building their individuality while still exposing them to all the possibilities.
Finally started to put some thought into this box. I wanted to make it relatively simple and inexpensive. I decided to leave out any “electrical” components (we use Snap Ciruits for power play) and also didn’t want to hand him any nails, screws, hammers, or saw.
Our Toolbox Content
To see what material went into our box download the checklist. It all started with a multi-compartment toolbox. The moment I saw this one in the store it just screamed Lucian, I am actually a little jealous.
For everything else I raided a dollar store. The one major mistake I made was giving him glue…this led to popsicle sticks glued to my wooden floor. If you ask Lucian the star of the box is the mini clip-on flashlight.
In the box we also included safety glasses. While I don’t think there is anything particularly dangerous with the toolbox it is never to early to start teaching safety…and he is just so darn cute with them on.
The Resource Box
Probably 20% of our domestic recycling is first stored on the top of the fridge to either share with the school or for our own personal building resources. The top of the fridge is a mountain of a mess! I purchased a standard storage bin with an attached flip lid. The recycling material has a new more contained home.
In addition to our recycling bounty I added a divided pool noodle to serve as a slide.
The toolbox was a hit, next we will start some “challenges. The first challenge will probably be a hi-low zip line for a “Lego Dude” .
Take advantage of my checklist to start your Junior Builders Toolbox. Please let me know what you add to your child’s toolbox. I would love to hear or see what awesome designs your child constructs…drop me a note of send a picture ~ Kim