Woodworking Skill Builder Games for Children | How to Make

Woodworking Skill Builder Games for Children | How to Make

As many of you know my kids are out in the workshop with me almost all the time. Ethan, #DIYEthan, is out with me the most and he is always hammering, driving screws or gluing something together. For one of his Christmas gifts I decided to make him a finger dexterity game that doubles as woodworking for him to play while he is in the shop with me.

These three fine motor skill games are made using some Ash hardwood that I had laying around and a bunch of nuts and bolts laid out in a pattern to help him, or any other kids, to gain some finger strength and coordination. One game uses some carriage bolts, tee nuts and regular hex nuts to allow the children to spin the nuts with their hand. Another activity uses some t-inserts and different size screws to teach the kids to use a screwdriver properly. The last game uses some more t-inserts and hex bolts to teach kids to use a box or adjustable wrench.

I understand that not everyone is blessed to have a shop full of fancy power tools but this project can easily be made with a cheap pine 2×4, a hand saw and a drill if that is all you have. The effort of making these games for your kids or family members will be well worth it.

NOTE: Not all kids are the same, make sure the person you are building this for is old enough for such a toy.**

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  1. Nick Widis on July 12, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    My sons are too old to react the way your son did when he opened the box…love it, miss it. Guess I’ll have to wait for grand kids to capture the moment.

    Tyler…cherish that squeal of delight!

  2. Manny Mello on July 12, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    The reaction on his face is priceless loved it awesome job Tyler

  3. MrBubbajohnson1 on July 12, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Great idea Tyler, Iโ€™m sure he will use it a lot. Hope you got something new for the shop from Santa too. Happy New Year. Bill

  4. Peter Lisyak on July 12, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    G’DAY from Oz, great set of toys and fantastic response from your boy, a Very Merry Christmas & an even Happier New Year to you and your family

  5. My singing journey on July 12, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    clever boy ๐Ÿ˜ love this idea!

  6. Roy Wrenn on July 12, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Great job Tyler !! I’m thinking that your son is going to be enjoying them for a very long time. I hope that you and your family had a great Christmas.
    Happy New Year

    Thanks for sharing

  7. Tomโ€™ s Dreamshop Worx on July 12, 2023 at 2:23 pm

    Great idea! Now if you really wanted to frustrate him, you could have used slotted screws LOL!! What brand of brad point bits are you using? I have been lookingh for a good set. Do you like them?

  8. Snapjam Woodworks on July 12, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Great idea and great reaction. I remember my daughter helping me with her plastic tools when she was the same age. Never thought to give her real tools and the games like you built. Well done!!

  9. MrThadust on July 12, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve never commented before,but having two boys of my own and constantly working on projects with them; this video really strikes a chord. This is what life is all about. You are doing it right my brother. Keep up the good work.

  10. MadebyArt on July 12, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    Haha your kid knows it all already ๐Ÿ˜†
    "This one you do with your hand"

  11. Doug DiPlacido on July 12, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Fantastic Tyler–Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  12. Mike Dedmon on July 12, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    How long until you start doing the same with your daughter? I can see that she’s younger.

  13. Becky's Texas Wood Shop on July 12, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Nice job. I have a 6 year old grandson who is with me when Iโ€™m in my shop. In fact I have a short little video on my channel. Nothing wrong with starting them out early. Thanks for sharing Tyler.

  14. Dan Hartman on July 12, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Great job Tyler!ย  I made something similar for my grandson though it was nowhere near as "finished" as yours.ย  Even got the guy his own little tool box.ย  Your son seems very intuitive and seems to have figured out what it is and how to use it very quickly!ย  Merry Christmas!

  15. African Cichlids on July 12, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Smart idea

  16. Oleksander on July 12, 2023 at 2:31 pm

    Great idea!

  17. JcMakes on July 12, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Great idea for the future maker!

  18. Yawles on July 12, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Well done – nicely thought out. Next up, screwing hinges into proper mortices, fitting locking miter corners and great fit / finishes with shims!

  19. Christopher Heffner on July 12, 2023 at 2:35 pm

    great idea.

  20. lake bum on July 12, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    Hey Tyler,
    That gauge is called a drill index. Great videos. Love seeing the kids included.

  21. Fred Thomson on July 12, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    Great ideas.ย  I will be making these for my grandsons.ย  Keep the family in your videos.

  22. Alfred Jackson on July 12, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    One of the absolute best videos you’ve done. Not from technique or complexity, or even creative hamming it up (for that the flagpole takes the top spot).. but it is heartwarming to see you as a Dad who loves and wants to show and share with his kids. Thanks. Hope Ethan gets years of pleasure from them and ultimately gives you a run for your money in the shop later.. lol.

  23. uKNOWuLIKE that on July 12, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    little man looked pumped to get those, nice job

  24. Dennis Downes on July 12, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Great Idea! It would be a shame if you weren’t passing on your clever skills to your daughter as well! Wood working should be for everyone. Her enthusiasm around your work always cracks me up.

  25. Bruce A. Ulrich on July 12, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    He knew exactly what to do and what it was. I love his reaction! Neat little project.

  26. John WURST on July 12, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Very good idea! You kept it simple which is good to see. Now have fun stepping on nuts and bolts in the middle of the night. ๐Ÿ˜Š. Maybe it hurts less than Lego….

  27. Jeremy Chorney on July 12, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    that is cool………….. i have to admit, i bought my son his first 18 volt cordless drill at age 6. Why? He kept stealing mine. LOL. funny all the tool ideas i needed to keep his little fingers safe. He is now 18 and can build most things with wood, can weld and do full engine swaps in full size vehicles . Seeing your little boy sure brings back memories. you have years of fun ahead of you.

  28. Tom Clements on July 12, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Nice build Tyler, when are you going to build him a work bench?

  29. Flint Ferkin on July 12, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Good idea, one Christmas, I prepped and cut a simple ladder/staircase for the trampoline. I laid the wood out with a bow on it under the tree and my son and I built it together. One our favorite Christmas gifts. It’s still standing too!

  30. Fred McIntyre on July 12, 2023 at 2:49 pm


  31. The Hamlin Woodshop on July 12, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Best gift ever. Nice job Tyler!

  32. Gilbert Georges on July 12, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    As father as son

  33. Gary Jones on July 12, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    Love it. So cute. What a great way to teach while they play. ๐Ÿ‘

  34. PinkPonyOfPrey on July 12, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    haha Ethan is a little woodworker in the making and a mini Tyler! ๐Ÿ˜€
    He knows what he’s doing already!

  35. GeorgeandKristin Visser on July 12, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Great Project. Curious the age of your oldest.

  36. Doctor Don on July 12, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Very cool idea ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Yusuf Masron on July 12, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Very nice present Tyler

  38. Mark Kaspers on July 12, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Not available on the App Store!ย Nice!

  39. Life On Beagle Road on July 12, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Love this Tyler! I have been doing random stuff to get my kids into tinkering. I like this idea. Tfs!

  40. Eric Wright on July 12, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    This is an awesome idea.

  41. Desire Love on July 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    You should sell these.

  42. YouCanMakeThisToo on July 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Very nifty. Heโ€™s a big fan of it!

  43. zidek50 on July 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Very cool!!

  44. Mr XenoSith on July 12, 2023 at 3:05 pm

    Great video. Thank you for sharing. For sure I will need to make similar ones for my 3-year old. This will help with hand dexterity, hand-eye coordination and muscle strengths. This will be an upgrade from what I have been providing him(mini logs with different sizes and color).

  45. Steppingback on July 12, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    a screw driver isnt an ice pick haha

  46. wpd3004 on July 12, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    What a great idea! ย Just another reason I keep watching your videos! ย Keep it up!!

  47. Mike Taylor on July 12, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    I have a few years to go but I’ll be doing this for sure. Good work!

  48. mattila067 on July 12, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Super idea

  49. Brian Nelson on July 12, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Love his excitement!

  50. Marcel Menzel on July 12, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    Your Son is the real Star ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘