5 Classic DIY Gift Ideas for Kids

Rocking horses, toy chests and dollhouses are just a few of the classic gifts generations have treasured. Now you can give all the pint-sized DIYers on your list those same classic gifts, and make them yourself with the help of these DIY toy kits. They're perfect for kids of all ages, and will be treasured for years to come. The best part? All these gifts can still make it to your door by Christmas.

1. Farmhouse Dollhouse

A Vermont Farmhouse by Real Good Toys is as pretty as the real thing. And if the seven-room home isn't big enough for the serial renovator in your kid, the site also sells additions that add two rooms to either end of the house. Just like the homes old-house lovers hope to own, this farmhouse comes with real wood shingles, wood floors, interior crown molding and a spacious porch.

About $153; SimplyKidToys.com



2. Toy Chest Kit and Pattern

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has showed you how to make a toy chest with your kids before, but if you don't feel like cutting the wood yourself, opt for a kit like the one for this beautiful cherry chest. The kit comes with pre-cut pieces and all the hardware you need. Like many toy chests out there, the closed lid can also function as a bench seat, and the hinges are designed to prevent little fingers from getting caught. This model is available in three different finishes.

About $105; Sears.com


3. Pine Rocking Horse Kit

If you don't quite have the space for a real pony, make this handcrafted wood version instead. The horse pictured here is unfinished pine, but there are lots of woods and finishes to choose from. Everything you need comes with the kit, and the plans can be downloaded. If you don't want to build it yourself, you can order from the website-just allow two to three weeks to ship.

About $135; ABabysWorld.com

4. Locomotive

Kids of all ages love toy trains, so why not buy one the family can build together? This wood locomotive kit comes with pre-cut sanded wood, instructions, hardware, and the tools you need to put it all together. Your train will be up and running in no time.

About $20; Whistle-Stop.com

5. Large Puppet Theater

For the thespians in the house, this puppet theater kit by Maxim is the perfect gift. Sporting details such as a curtain, built-in storage area, and a chalkboard to announce show times, this puppet theater will be the source of endless entertainment for your creative kids. Puppets not included.

About $107; OutOfTheToyBox.com


See more classic toys for kids at ThisOldHouse.com. For holiday wood kits for adults, see our roundup of holiday yard decorations you can build yourself.