As of 2015, Little Tikes, Melissa & Doug, Fisher-Price and Black & Decker make toy tool sets for children. Simple sets offer basic tools, such as hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches, while more expensive sets come with full workbenches.
Black & Decker specializes in realistic children's tools resembling the company's commercial hardware products, appealing to older children who enjoy immersion in creative pretend scenarios. The company makes detailed workbenches with power tools, such as miter saws and drill presses, and storage for a variety of screws, nuts and bolts. Black & Decker also offers some of the most diverse options, including tool backpacks, rolling tool cases and dress-up sets.
Fisher-Price and Little Tikes both combine pseudo-realistic designs with child-friendly colors and tool sizes that are easy for young children to hold. For infants and toddlers, products often contain attached moving elements designed for sensory stimulation and motor skills, rather than imaginative play.
Melissa & Doug is known for its classic educational toys, so tool sets are typically wooden and simplistic in design, making them ideal for toddlers learning colors, shapes and hand-eye coordination. Common accessories include tool boxes, saws, screw boards and drills. Depending on the number of pieces, tool sets usually range from $20 to $60.