In need of ways to engage your child through a multi-beneficial activity? Gardening is one idea worth a try. Make their experience more fun through gardening tools catered for kids. We've got you covered with some of the best, parent-approved tools to consider!
After much deliberation, Melissa & Doug's Giddy Buggy Watering Can has taken the top spot for its function and style. There are nine more tools, including sets, you can look through, plus a buying guide to start you off on your gardening tools shopping needs.
From watering cans to a leaf blower, our top 10 list has a wide array of gardening tools you can get for your child. We've made sure to include items catered to different age groups and gardening capabilities.
|Age group||3+ yrs.|
|Age group||4-10 yrs.|
|Application||Digging, cutting, watering, wheeling|
|Includes||Trowel, digging fork, shears, rakes, hoe, spray bottle, wheelbarrow, buckets|
|Age group||3+ yrs.|
|Age group||2+ yrs.|
|Material||Plastic, polyester, wood|
|Application||Digging, planting, watering|
|Includes||Watering can, tote, gloves, book, shovel, rake, trowel, 4 labels|
|Age group||7+ yrs.|
|Includes||Rake, hoe, spade, shovel|
|Age group||5-7 yrs.|
|Includes||Pair of gloves|
|Age group||5+ yrs.|
|Material||Metal, wood, plastic handle|
|Includes||Bucket, shovel, rake, cultivator|
|Age group||3+ yrs.|
|Age group||3+ yrs.|
|Application||Transport, digging, cutting, watering|
|Includes||Wheelbarrow, watering can, gloves, rake, shovel, hoe, cultivator, clippers, apron|
|Age group||2-6 yrs.|
Melissa & Doug
Clever Kid Toys
G & F Products
G & F Products
Giddy Buggy Watering Can
Garden Wagon & Tools Toy Set
Leaf Toy Plastic Blower
Kids Gardening Set
JustForKids Kids Garden Tool Set
Foam Rubber Coated Gardening Gloves
JustForKids Kids Water Pail With Garden Tools Set
JustForKids Kids Wheel Barrel
Kids Gardening Tool Set
Kids UPF 50+ Bucket Sun Hat
Get Watering With a Splash of Fun
Conveniently Wheel Around an Entire Set
Miniature Version of a Real Leaf Blower
An Educational Gardening Set
Real Tools for the Young Gardener
Protect Hands With These Rubber-Coated Work Gloves
Beginner Digging Tools for Small Hands
Sturdy Wheel Barrow for Kids
Toddler-Friendly Gardening Tools for Play
Protect Little Gardeners from the Sun
|Age group||3+ yrs.||4-10 yrs.||3+ yrs.||2+ yrs.||7+ yrs.||5-7 yrs.||5+ yrs.||3+ yrs.||3+ yrs.||2-6 yrs.|
|Material||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic||Plastic, polyester, wood||Wood, metal||Polyester, rubber||Metal, wood, plastic handle||Metal||Plastic||Polyester|
|Application||Watering||Digging, cutting, watering, wheeling||Leaf blowing||Digging, planting, watering||Digging, sweeping||Hand protection||Digging, collecting||Transport||Transport, digging, cutting, watering||Sun protection|
|Includes||Watering can||Trowel, digging fork, shears, rakes, hoe, spray bottle, wheelbarrow, buckets||Leaf blower||Watering can, tote, gloves, book, shovel, rake, trowel, 4 labels||Rake, hoe, spade, shovel||Pair of gloves||Bucket, shovel, rake, cultivator||Wheelbarrow||Wheelbarrow, watering can, gloves, rake, shovel, hoe, cultivator, clippers, apron||Sun hat|
Ready to start digging and planting with your kiddos? Keep the following points in mind to help you find the best tools for little hands.
Choosing a gardening tool based on your child's age helps ensure that the tool's size and function are appropriate. For example, the size of gardening gloves or the length of a rake handle should match your child's hand size or height so they can use it with ease.
Some fundamental gardening tools are rakes, shovels, trowels, gloves, watering cans, wheelbarrows, bottle sprayers, and aprons. For extra fun, consider a leaf blower. Be sure to have some pots and seeds, too.
Some parents have noted that size-based products, like work gloves and sun hats, may require more consideration because they often don't run true to size. While some are universal in size and can be used by most kids, you might need to double-check ones that rely on your child's height, hand size, or head size.
We recommend checking the sizing chart, going for an elastic option, or reading through reviews to get the best fit.
Gardening tools for kids can be made with plastic, wood, metal, or a combination of these three. The material you need depends on your child's age and if they will be using the tools for actual gardening or for pretend play.
Plastic tools are excellent for pretend play for younger kids who want to keep you company while getting some gardening done. They can even help kids scoop up some soil for some real-life experience.
Meanwhile, metal and wooden tools are for kids who plan to utilize their green thumbs in an actual garden. When picking out tools made with these materials, check for smooth, polished finishes and edges for safe usage.
If your child often accompanies you in the garden or has a natural interest in botany, you might consider getting a complete gardening set. These contain the essentials in a matching color or theme.
Sets come in different bundles with a specific purpose, such as one with varying rake types or a more inclusive theme with spades, pots, an apron, shears, even some seeds. Pick a set based on your child's interests, such as digging soil or tending to plants.
Gardening is not limited to those with a plot of land in their backyards. Those without outdoor gardens can still enjoy plant care benefits indoors, such as in terraces or rooms. Just make sure the plants don't require much light.
These indoor sets often come with pots and bottom liners for a mess-free setup. The tools are usually more compact and have some kind of accompanying storage to minimize indoor clutter.
If you're unsure just how beneficial gardening is for kids, these benefits might just prod you to get a watering can or perhaps even a set.
There's something about being outdoors and getting a hands-on experience at nurturing plant life and growth. It's a way for kids to get connected with nature and learn.
They can get first-hand knowledge of photosynthesis and what makes it work. Or, they can focus on that ladybug eating aphids and other plant-eating pests.
For younger kids, gardening is a natural form of sensory play. They can feel the dirt, water, and plants with their hands, smell the flowers, and even taste some herbs. The activity also enhances motor skills as they sweep, rake, clip, dig, plant, and more.
With gardening comes exploration. They can watch bees at work, caterpillars munch and settle into a cocoon, and back up what they learn in school with firsthand experience.
If you have a picky eater, gardening can help convince your child that fruits and veggies are delicious and nutritious. They will be more open to giving that green or orange plant a chance because they were a part of its growth process.
There are also quite a lot of kids, especially in urban areas, that don’t know where their food comes from. So, gardening is also educational in that way!
While your child tends to the soil or plants, they also get some physical activity and essential vitamin D. Whether they're digging, weeding, or watering, that extra sunlight and fresh air is a noteworthy benefit.
Ready to take your gardening to the next level? Here are a few suggestions!
There's no doubt that gardening is a worthwhile activity. With a few gardening tools for kids on hand, you can get the entire family in on the fun. Just make sure to get tools that suit your child's age and interests, and you'll be tending the garden together in no time!
Author: Hana Otsuka
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