Under construction with our DIY fix-it box

I have a collection of toy hammers, nails, and other plastic tools that I have accumulated over the past several years and  my grandson has recently found a big interest in playing with them.  To give us a place to store all the tools and to give my grandson a different way of playing with them while indoors, I was inspired to create a DIY fix-it box!

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

To make the DIY fix-it box, I recycled an old box by spray painting it first then cutting different sized holes for play. I think I may add a few more holes before it is all said and done, but for now, my grandson has enjoyed the box as is…

Fix it box

This is a very sturdy box so when my grandson crawls across the top or pounds the box with the hammer, it holds up pretty well but of course, any time you use a box there will eventually be some wear and tear…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

I put holes in the box for the nails and screws to fit in and added rubber bands just for a different twist on using the box…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

My grandson likes to pull all the nails out and push them back in or drop the plastic wood pieces through the hole in the end of the box…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

When my grandson discovered he could open the box, he found the inside of the box to be just as interesting (if not more) as the outside of the box…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

Inside the box were more tools, a calculator, paper, clipboard, and crayons to invite additional kinds of play…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

And then there is the natural desire to climb inside the box to check things out…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

The fix-it box will eventually make its way to my discovery center in my classroom but for now it is undergoing seriously play testing…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

Here is a little collage of the fix-it box in action…

DIY Fix it Box by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-07-26T08:59:38+00:00July 26th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Raleigh Preschool July 26, 2013 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Such a cute idea! What type of box did you use? It seems similar to a laptop box?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 26, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

      I am not sure what was originally in this particular box but yes, it is very much like a box a laptop might have come in!

  2. Denise July 26, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

    I have the black and decker workbench these tools came from originally. This is actually much more playfriendly.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm - Reply

      I have that too but my grandson never plays with it so I thought we would switch it up a bit:)

  3. Chris Eastvedt July 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Boxes are the best! Kids love them. Cats love them. Even kids at heart (like me!) love them. I always prefer something homemade like this because it’s much more customizeable and can be constantly changed to keep it interesting. Go DIY!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 27, 2013 at 10:49 am - Reply

      Haha! I love DIY too for those same reasons. I think it also keeps me inspired to try new things!

  4. Emma July 27, 2013 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Oh, I love it! I’m going to have to keep my eyes open for a suitable box! Thanks for sharing this great idea!

  5. Heidi Butkus July 27, 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

    LOVE IT! What a fabulous idea, and what a lucky little guy!

  6. Paulo August 3, 2013 at 4:01 am - Reply

    Hi Deborah,

    You have done a great job here! When I saw the first image, I thought the box is made of plastic – the sprayed color must have done the trick. What I like about this “DIY Fix-It Box” is the storage area inside. At least you don’t need a separate container and keep all the items in place.

  7. noor January 7, 2014 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Hi, just got my son the tool box just a couple of days ago and I just love what u have done with the box. Its much more interactive then the original work bench which comes with the tool box.
    Thank you

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