Have you ever gotten a new toy for your kid, only to realize it requires 11 different socket wrenches, two types of screw drivers, a hammer and chisel, holy water, and the bones of a toad to assemble? I think we all have. It's one of the most infuriating things to realize you don't have all that you need to put something together. Who knows why a doll baby that pees all over you requires a master's degree in mechanical engineering, but it does. Thankfully, I've collected a list of all the tools you need for Christmas Eve toy assembly so that you don't have to blame overworked elves with drinking problems for why little Tommy's bike wheels aren't attached.
The tools you're likely to need to assemble kids' toys aren't the most exciting tools at Home Depot, but there are a lot of them. Everything from opening battery compartments to attaching handles to a wagon will require a specific tool. Thankfully, the manual tools are reasonably affordable, and you might own many of them already, especially if you've purchased any flat-pack furniture. There are a few specialty tools you may need, like a crank puller for some bicycle assembly, but even those don't usually cost more than $20.
So if you want to put that kitchen together with more than just an Allen key, here's a great list to get you started. Don't forget a flashlight if you're attempting something like a trampoline in the backyard once the kids go to bed.