The Best Gardening Tools for Kids

November 13, 2012 Comments Off

There’s almost nothing better than gardening with children – you get to watch their curiosity unfold as they plant seeds, track mud and squirt water. The end result is often a thoroughly dirty child and a garden that’s not quite perfect, but the memories that are made are priceless nonetheless. If your garden frequently hosts pint-sized visitors, it may be time to consider stocking your tool shed with some of these great options for kid’s gardening tools. We’ve handpicked the most durable, sturdy tools on the market so that your child can enjoy gardening with smaller versions of the adult tools they see each day.

Melissa and Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Tote Set

This pretty pink and green tote comes complete with child-sized garden tools, including a spray bottle for watering plants. This set is best for the under three set, as the tools are more for “helping” than actual gardening. Pick this set up for your favorite little garden helper today, so they can enjoy hours of pretend gardening fun.

Toysmith Kid’s Big Tool Set
This useful set of kid’s gardening tools features sturdy handles and bright primary colors. If your child wants to help in the garden and has outgrown most toddler garden tools, but adult sized tools are still too large, this is the set to choose. The set is durable and sturdy, and features a garden rake, leaf rake, hoe and shovel.

Toysmith Kid’s 3 Piece Garden Tool Set
This set of hand tools pairs nicely with the gardening tools for kids listed above, but also works well alone. If your child enjoys planting bulbs, digging small holes, or weeding by hand, these tools are just the thing. They feature sturdy wooden and metal parts, and are made to stand up to hours of gardening fun. Pair them with a set of child-sized gardening gloves for the perfect gift.

Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots
While not a garden tool, this book is an essential supply for gardening with children. Sharon Lovejoy provides sound advice to anyone who’s attempting to entertain a small gardener, suggesting which plants hold up well, how to spend your time in the garden with your child, and more. She also covers several different garden plans including a pizza garden and a butterfly garden, teaching you step by step how to lay out the soil, what plants to choose and how to space them properly.

Kid’s Watering Can
Oompa has created a bright, playful watering can that’s perfect for little hands. With an easy to grip handle and BPA-free construction, this lovely little can is the perfect companion for checking on tomatoes, watering marigolds or any other garden adventure.

Seven Piece Set: Kid’s Gardening Tool
If your older child is serious about gardening, this seven-piece tool set from Bella Luna Toys may be worth the investment. Modeled after adult garden tools, but perfectly sized for little hands, these wooden and steel tools are designed to last.

Like your own garden tools, these gardening tools for kids should be cleaned carefully and put away at the end of each gardening session. If cared for properly, the tools may outlast your child’s willingness to help. After all, how many teenagers do you know that get enthusiastic about a tomato plant?

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