12 Awesome Woodworking Projects for Kids to Build

Few things are as fun and entertaining, yet rewarding, as finishing a project with your kids. They get the joy of using their imaginations and using tools like adults, parents get the joy of spending time with the youngsters doing something positive, that teaches and that creates something the family can enjoy for a long time.

These projects are all perfect for kids. They offer a range of difficulties. You can create a progression of projects so that if your kids really like working with their hands, you can move from one to the next with increasing difficulty. Some are very simple and feature only wood, paint and glue. Some require some power tools. That also means they also require a range of adult supervision. The great thing is that at their simplest, kids can focus their creativity on the grounds that there are no wrong answers.

Each one has its own different needs in terms of supplies and fasteners. They also include how-to instructions and photos of raw materials and what the finished product should look like. Pick the right one for your kids and turn a rainy day special.

1. Homemade candy dispenser from Boys’Life

homemade candy dispenser

From: Boyslife.com

Did we say that a woodworking project can be rewarding? Building your own candy dispenser isn’t just a good learning experience, we think it’s something your kids will love to build because it’ll give them treats whenever they want.

This is one of the more complicated projects, but it’s also the most fun. It includes some basic hand tools, so depending on age and development of motor skills parents will have a little extra work to do.

2. Little library

little library

From: familiesthatstick.com

Little libraries have popped up everywhere the last few years. They not provide a way for kids to learn about how to build things, using their imaginations and following instructions, they also learn the value in sharing with others. Once you’ve finished it, you can even register it so that everyone can stop by your home and see what your kids created.

There are lots of plans for these on the Internet, but this one comes with complete, detailed instructions. You’ll want to keep climate in mind when you build, and if you live somewhere where it rains a lot will want to remember a sealed roof to keep whatever you want to share dry.

3. DIY catapult

DIY catapult

From: Feltmagnet.com

Nothing quite captures the attention as a toy that tosses things. That includes a toy catapult that you can use for games of skill or just for the joy of making a ball sail through the air. Plus, the kids will have the joy of knowing that as they build it, they’re building a toy they can play with.

You can find other catapults, but we like this plan as being straightforward yet capable of modification so you can build one to appropriate size for your kids.

4. Wooden robot buddy

wooden robot buddy

From: adventure-in-a-box.com

One of the simplest projects we found, this one is bound to be a delight for younger kids. It’ll be like making a toy friend for your kids, one that is big enough to be a joy to little ones and made of simple enough parts that it’s like playing with blocks.

A wooden robot buddy is simple enough that you could just simply build from imagination. It’s also a concept that is such that your kid’s imagination could run wild in making it. Here are some plans you can go from in building this toy, just in case you want something to guide their creativity.

5. Kids workbench

kids workbench

From: fixthisbuildthat.com

A workbench is a great way to teach kids that sometimes they have to build things in order to build things. If you’re a handy kind of parent, this is just the sort of thing you’ll want your kids to pick up. Plus, it’ll give them a place to feel a little more grown up as they start to accumulate their own collection of tools.

Like other things, this is something that you can probably build from imagination. But, here’s a set of plans to help you get started, or if you want to just get one built to provide a complete blueprint.

6. Mason bee house

mason bee house

From: feltmagnet.com

This one is perfect for kids who also love Nature. Building a house for pollinators creates housing for bees, it also lets your kids feel like they’re helping to help the environment. The great thing is that the kind of bees these attract only rarely sting, so it’s a pretty safe way for your kids to help bees that help keep your garden bloomed.

This project isn’t all that complicated, with really just a drill the most complicated tool. You’ll want to either do that yourself or give your kids a lot of guidance. You will also want to keep in mind that this comes with a roof to keep rain off the bees, so here’s a set of plans you can follow to keep it as watertight as possible.

7. Wooden planter

wooden planter

From: Diynetwork.com

This is another pretty simple project, and if your kids are into plants it’s a great start for a summer-long project of growing a very simple garden. They can start with some simple fastening of planks and wind up with radishes, or peppers or even some basil.

Like other projects that we’ve included, this one is very customizable depending on your projects or what you want your finished planter to look like. Here are some pretty basic plans with a basic set of necessary tools and gear you’ll need.

8. Bird houses

bird houses

From: Acraftyspoonful.com

No list of DIY woodworking projects for kids would be complete without bird houses. These are a good intermediate project that just about every kid at some point makes. They not only provide living space for our fine feathered friends, but also let your kids take more complicated steps in working with wood and tools.

There are no end to instructions available online and in books. Here’s a good example of one that goes into details into not just how to build a birdhouse but what you’ll need to do it. One thing that you’ll be able to customize at any point is what color to paint it.

9. Folding tripod camp chair

folding tripod camp chair

From: charlesandhudson.com

If you’re an outdoorsy family, a folding tripod chair is a quick, easy project that is collapsible and can provide you a place to take a rest while in the Great Outdoors. Either used by a campfire strumming a guitar or riverside tying a rig to a casting rod, your kids will enjoy thinking about their future adventures while learning how to not just work with wood but fastening leather to wood.

Here’s a good set of how-to instructions, including materials that you’ll need. This isn’t just a simple project to build, it’s also pretty cheap to put together.

10. Kids playing and camping tent

kids playing and camping tent

From: jennaburger.com

There isn’t technically much word working here. It’s just fastening together some wooden poles and connecting fabric sheets along a beam holding them together. But, really, will your kids care when it means they can build a fort in the backyard in less than 10 minutes. Do you really care knowing that they can do that and it’ll give them hours of enjoyment at less than $10 from you?

There are lots of designs and instructions for this all over the Internet, but here is a pretty basic set of instructions that not only tell you how to do it, but provide a template from which you can really unleash your creativity.

11. Balance board

balance board

From: Instructables.com

an easy, cheap project the daredevils in your family. It’s a perfect way to perfect balance while not running the risk of a broken collarbone or chipped tooth. Plus, it’ll be fun for your kids to make. It does require some use of power tools, which might be a bit of excitement for kids who get bored at the safe and easy.

While it looks simple enough to be a thing of pure imagination, you’ll still want to get the dimensions of the wheel right so that it’s not unbalanced. That means you’ll at least want a guide. Here is a pretty good one.

12. Lego coat rack

lego coat rack

From: Ryobitools.com

While the idea of building a coat rack probably isn’t going to excite anyone, building one out of colorful Lego shapes we think is likely to be a bit more fun. It’s not hard to put together, plus it offers the added joy to parents of making a game of kids picking up their rooms.

At first blush, this probably doesn’t look all that complicated, but you need to get the circular shapes and block bases consistent to get that Lego look. So, you’ll want instructions, like these.

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!