Top 10 Boy's Play-set Plans

Boys are dirty, smelly and all around quite a noisy bunch. We like to play rough and have no qualms or remorse about smashing things together. As a collective, we love cars, trucks, trains, plains and anything that shoots lasers and goes boom! It would only be appropriate that there would be a sweet collection of outdoor play-set designs parents could build for their wild offspring. With, that collection is here. I've hand picked my top 10 favorite boy's play-set blueprints you can download and start building today! No matter which one you ultimately go with, you'll be sure to build something awesome!

Don't forget to also check out the top 10 list of girl's playhouse plans too!


# 10: Strapping Steamroller Play-set


If you're looking for your son to find a way to constructively get that destructive appetite out of the system, look no further than the Strapping Steamroller play-set. By their very nature, steamrollers are designed to make anything they go over totally and completely two dimensional. This one is special because the two rollers can be crawled through as well! Along with the cab, you'll also find head lights and exhaust stacks to add to the realism. A pretty easy build as well, cooking up this machine for that little guy is sure to be a blast!  Be sure to check out all of our construction vehicle designs while you're at it!


# 9: Huey Helicopter Play-set


Part of the Air & Space play-set collection, the Huey Helicopter play-set was made to be a real crowd pleaser! Covering over 50 square feet of play space, this wooden Huey is just a plain cool concept. Includes everything a helicopter should have, such as a tail rotor, landing gear, engine and a mean attitude, minus the huge ding to your wallet. Allow that special little guy to really engage that imagination and soar away!


# 8: Farm Tractor Play-set


Out in the country, tractors are as common as taxisin the city. It would only make sense that a young man would be getting their first tractor at some point. Enter the Farm Tractor play-set. Coming in two parts, with the tractor being in the front and the trailer in the back, this build has proven to be quite popular! The tractor stands at 8 ½ feet tall and features two levels with a front and rear entrance below and a rear and side entrance up top. The trailer is also quite versatile and comes with a bench and small ship ladder for a sweet side exit. Also throw in some cool details like two 4' wheels, light bar and exhaust stack for even more of a cool factor. It won't just be country boys who'll get a kick out of this plan!



# 7: First Rescue Fire Truck Play-set


There are few guys I know who didn't think fire trucks were the cat's pajamas when they were little. Even now, with all the cool new electronics and pipes and hoses, they have a real steam punk theme going on. Either way, a well crafted fire truck play-set is a must on this list, and the First Rescue Fire Truck fulfills that need nicely. This baby really has it all when it comes to details. Sports two levels so kids can run along the extension ladder up top, as well as two front sears, six wheels, lights, mirrors and a water cannon! All wrapped up in a 16' long, 130 square foot package. Almost as good as the real thing!



# 6: Rippin' Rocket ship Play-set


It's not rocket science, but don't tell that to the kid. The Rippin Rocket ship is a 3 level, 20' tall epic play-set that is sure to set the bar quite high when it comes to backyard playtime! Inside, you'll find two trap doors leading to the 2nd and 3rd levels, as well as a 2nd floor slide escape that's sure to com in handy in case of meeting an unfriendly E.T.'s tractor beam. Four fins not only add style, but also help stabilize the ship as well. Hopefully this rocket ship will hold the little guy over for the day we're all flying one of these things in the mean time. Artificial gravity not included.



# 5: Big Rig Play-set


Long hauls, short hauls, no hauls, it doesn't really matter. Whether you got a big payload that's on a tight deadline or your broken down at the truck stop, you can rest assured that you'll have the biggest and meanest truck on the road. The Big Rig play-set really puts you child's woodworking project into high gear! A two part plan, the first pertains to the wicket cool tractor trailer, which comes with two seats, duel air intakes, exhaust stacks, six wheels and an engine compartment that you can crawl into and escape out the front, under the grill. A few steps toward the back, and you'll enter the two level trailer with an inside and outside ladder to get to the top, as well as a place for a fireman's pole and slide. All at a total of 200 square feet, this is one ultimate, truck lover's play-set project!



# 4: Edward Thatch Pirate Ship


Boys absolutely love pirates and pirate ships. Growing up, one of my favorite movies was Swiss Family Robinson, and the ending act with the pirates just blew my mind. I wanted to take some of that excitement and turn it into some timeless designs that I could share with others. The Edward Thatch Pirate Ship is one of those concepts. The middle sized pirate ship out the five featured on this website, it provides a great compromise between providing loads of play space while not going too out crazy in terms of size, skill and budget. Named after the nefarious pirate, Black Beard, the Edward Thatch will make for quite a trip for anyone who dares enter her hull.


# 3: Mega Mech Play-set


This was a wild concept that I just had to make a reality. Being a little geeky, I thought the idea of giant robots duking it out was what future people would be doing for kicks because, robots, fighting, is totally awesome. Evidently that idea is still buried deep in my cerebrum and apparently propagated itself into what is before you here. If you have a bit a nerd streak and some carpentry experience under your belt, you would be the coolest dad, hands down, if you were to complete this thing. A proof of concept, the Mega Mech play-set is custom made to rule any backyard.



# 2: Little Willie Tank Play-set


In today's age of being politically correct, a tank themed play-set is a complete non sequitur, something that is looked down upon and despised. To that I say, pish posh, let the boys be boys and have some fun! The Little Willie design is based upon the old WWI tanks and is a magnificent weapon of extreme playtime. Features two levels with trap door access and treads that you can actually crawl through! Let's just say you won't be need a class C license when this thing shows up in the backyard.



# 1: Monster Truck Play-set


One of the first designs I created for this website, the Monster Truck play-set really is one of the apogees of a boy's play-set dream. Huge tires, two levels and a nice, steep climb to access the driver's cab. Not to mention a craw-able engine compartment and rear space for a slide, and you'll find yourself in backyard utopia. I had my younger self in mind when laying this mammoth machine out, imagining running through it, climbing and sliding down in unbridled furor and impulse. I'm so glad that others have been able to build and enjoy it!
April 23, 2017 — Paul Gifford