It seems like most kids have a natural proclivity for getting covered in dirt, so why not channel that mud-magnetism into a fun new outdoor activity like gardening? After all, we’re betting you’re in need of a new kid-friendly home project for spring right about now, and small-scale gardening can help you *and* your little ones feel more connected to nature.
Whether you carve out a mini-plot in your front lawn or set a planter table on your porch or even just pop some pots on a sill, gardening is an engaging project for little hands that already love to get dirty. You’ll want the best gardening tools for kids so that it fits in their hands just right and so they won’t need your help carrying their tool bag.
We’ve rounded up all the tools you’ll need to get started, from mini spades and trowels to help with weeding to a real metal wheelbarrow to help “move mulch” to a sweet seed kit for growing real veggies. Ready to dig in? Here are some of the best kids gardening tools that your own little sprouts are sure to love. Get ready to sing “Let it Grow” a lot, and if you haven’t yet seen The Lorax, save that for the next rainy day.
Kids Gardening Tools & Tool Sets
This gardening set has quite a few things that no others on the market do. Along with tools and gardening gloves, you’ll get an adjustable apron with carrying pockets and an adjustable hat to block the harsh sun and protect their sensitive heads. A big bonus (for moms especially) is that both the apron and hat are easily washable! It’s inevitable that the kiddos will get dirty being in the garden, but this makes things a little bit easier for you when the day is over.
One happy Amazon customer said, “We ordered this gardening set for our 4-year old grandson who is a lover of Peter Rabbit and wants to grow carrots. He was delighted with the set, delighted with the items included in the little carrying case, immediately putting on the gardening hat and apron and the gloves, and using the spray bottle to spray his plants. The 3 tools included were the perfect size for small hands.”
Your hardworking little farmers need proper tools to till the earth. This wood and metal set is super durable yet sized perfectly for little hands. Whether they’re raking leaves, scooping gravel, or moving dirt, all tasks are covered with the included shovel, rake, hoe, and leaf rake. Just give them their own mini pile to work on while you handle the heavier lifting.
“My 4-year-old twins like to ‘help’ me with the lawn work, which these are perfect for…sturdy and functional,” says reviewer Paralelle on Amazon. “Admittedly, I’ve used these myself for some weeding, they are pretty solid,” writes another dad on Amazon.
One of (if not the) most important things about tending to and caring for a garden is watering your plants! Whether you’ve got fruits and veggies or just pretty flowers — they all need water to thrive. This watering can set comes with 2 that will get the job done. The heavy-duty plastic is durable and can handle all of the drops to come. It’s also the perfect size for a child’s hands. One reviewer said, “This is a nice little buy…they are sturdy, pour very well, are just the right size for a two and a three year old to fill, lift and pour easily. We bought these for the tub, but they quickly came outside for also watering plants with Grandpop and later, to fill troughs (over and over and over…!) in the play water table. Highly recommended.”
We can’t forget about maintaining the big bushes and trees too! This set comes with a battery operated toy leaf blower (yes, that actually blows!), hedge trimmer, and chainsaw. Each tool is lightweight for your little one to carry on their own…and maybe help get those leaves out of the driveway.
This garden toy set comes with 16 sturdy, brightly hued pieces that your kiddo will go bananas for. Watering can? Yep. Tiny gardening shears? Of course. A cute garden tool bag for toting everything? You bet. There are also child-size gloves and at least two different versions of a gardening fork for only the most discerning of weed-pullers. But talk about a bonus buy: this set also comes with a short kid’s book titled How to Grow a Garden.
Wide handles and a sturdy rubber wheel make this metal wheelbarrow relatively easy to maneuver, even for smaller sprouts. They’ll adore hauling things around the yard (or, um, your living room) and it’s an ideal way to tucker them out (win!). Help them with their hauling routine by giving them small jobs, such as bringing a pile of weeds to the compost, or carrying a small amount of mulch to dump onto the front flower beds. When the work’s done, you can give them a lil wheelbarrow ride back to the house! “My son loves this. He’s always in the yard digging,” says Patrick on Amazon.
Kids Gardening Kits
We found it: a raised wooden planter box that’s just the right height for youngsters, which means they can check the progress of their plant friends and water and harvest veggies all by themselves (your next challenge? Getting them to eat those veggies!). The VegTrug Kids Planter provides a slick outdoor space for keeping the mess (somewhat) contained—and it can easily move around your porch or deck without taking up too much room. They’ll love trying their hand at growing tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, and you’ll love the fact that there’s virtually no weeding to keep up with!
Made in the USA from recycled milk jugs, the indoor gardening kit from Green Toys is one you can feel good about. What’s more sustainable than gardening in sustainable containers? These three mini pots come with individual soil discs and three packs of organic seeds (zinnia, basil and teddybear sunflower) so your little seedling can try their hand at sprouting. If you’ve got limited space (and patience), these kits grow quickly, meaning impatient toddlers will see results fast, and the small footprint of these mini pots are sure to fit on nearly any windowsill (which means less space to clear). They can sing “Let it Grow” everytime they check on their growths, and we know you know the words, too, mamas.
Williams Sonoma’s kids’ garden kit makes for a darling Easter/spring gift for budding gardeners. The kit comes complete with a kids’ gardening guide, grow tray, seed packets and plant markers—basically everything you need to get their tiny hands dirty ASAP. Looking for a learning experience? Small farmers can learn all about how food grows and exactly how much work and time it takes to grow even just a single tomato (that they’ll promptly spit out). But the joy they’ll get from watching their plant pals grow each day? Priceless.
Kids Gardening Toys
When you’re little one is a little to young or wants to start planting ASAP, but you aren’t quite ready for all the dirt that they’ll track inside, this Little Tikes Garden Table Play Set is a great middle ground. It includes 4 flower pots, 2 soil discs, 2 flowers, 1 tray, 1 sifter tray, 1 rake, 1 shovel, 1 watering can. The basin also can hold water and has a draining hole making for easy peasy clean up.
Okay, the grass won’t actually get cut with this lawn lower, but your kids will have fun pretending! This Fisher-Price Mower actually blows bubbles as they move it. The perfect toy to enjoy on a nice summer day while you’re the one tending to the garden.
Dirt averse? If you’ve got a LO who still has a tendency to eat everything they come into contact with, maybe a felt garden is more their speed. Crate and Barrel’s 19-piece play set is perfect for make-believing with a garden that’s always blossoming (i.e. no clean-up!). Get your little one excited about learning where food comes from by pretending to harvest lettuce, carrots, cauliflower, radishes, and flowers. Plant this play kit next to your toy kitchen and watch them serve up a real farm-to-table dining experience (hey, imagination is everything, right?).
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