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Lowe's Red Tool Box Kits

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Twice a month, on a Saturday morning, you'll likely find me at my friendly neighborhood Lowe's, building something fun with my kids during the Lowe's Build & Grow workshops. We started trying these out when my youngest was not quite three years old. Even then, he loved to get the chance to hammer things, although more often than not, hammering include the project, the table and my fingers as I attempted to hold nails in place for him.

Now, at age 5, he's gotten the hang of hammering and our Saturday Lowe's projects, and loves the chance to build things with his grandfather. The Lowe's Red Tool Box kit arrived at our door and was immediately claimed by my son, as "his" tools.

Lowe's refers to the Red Tool Box as a "unique line of specially designed tools and carpentry kits for kids". It features real tools that just happen to be kid sized, along with projects to make. These aren't play tools or plastic imitations, but miniature versions of the tools that Mom and Dad have in their own box. The base tool kit retails for approximately $25 and includes a hammer, a saw, 2 screwdrivers, a clamp, file, ruler, tape measure, goggles and a tool belt--the perfect beginner's tool kit!

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In addition to the tools, Lowe's sells Red Tool Box woodworking kits, with everything needed to complete a project. The kits encompass three levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced) and begin at approximately $7 for a beginner-level mini treasure chest and range upwards to $65 for an advanced level go-kart kit. We received two kits to try, the Mini Bug Barn and the Treasure Chest. While my 5 year old still needed some help, my 8 year old (the kits are marketed for ages 8 and up) was easily able to figure out what to do. Both kids are looking forward to trying out the tools with their grandfather as he has promised to show them a few woodworking tips and tricks.

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