Builder Boards

Jack McKee has designed a playhouse children can assemble themselves in many different configurations. Builder Boards – How To Build The Take-Apart Playhouse describes how to construct a set of Builder Boards using either cedar fence boards or plywood. Plans include a materials list, all necessary measurements, plywood layout, and two methods of cutting notches. He describes his experiences using Builder Boards and provides tips for managing issues that arise from their use. Included are photographs of children’s imaginative creations and a chapter about 8th graders building a set of Builder Boards for a women care shelter.

  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hands On Books, copyright 1997, 2nd printing 2008, 3rd printing 2012
  • Availble from Amazon or Hands On Books

  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481932969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481932967
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces



  • Builder Boards…a book, a concept, and a project that will have children of all ages working together to create play structures of their own design…His design is so basic, yet unique, you will look at it and say, “why didn’t I think of that?” If you have kids, or know kids, get this book build these boards, and strike fire into their imaginations.
    Daniel Carter, This Old  Workshop
  • Builder Boards are a great success at the Maine Discovery Museum! Ours were built by the local technical hight school. Kids of all ages love them. They are extremely durable. They’re a real favorite and encourage intergenerational play.
    Andrea Stark, Director Maine Discovery Museum
  • Builder Boards are perfect any place  young children are encouraged to learn through play and hand on experience.
    Mindport Exhibits
  • A real prize for young builders…a terrific idea!
    Home Education Magazine
  • Jack McKee has written a great little book.
    Becky Rupp, Home Education Magazine
  • Builder Boards are the first thing the children go to when they enter the playroom.
    They have hours of fun making the most creative “houses”.
    Maureen Baker, Women care shelter
  • The Children’s Museum of the Shoals loves Builder Boards!
    Leslie Martin, Director
  • A wonderful classroom experience.
    Margie Sawyer, teacher