Children's Garden Tools - Get Kids Started Gardening with Their Own Set of Garden Tools
Kids in the Garden
If your children are like ours, they love to hang out in the garden and help. This is especially true when our little ones were at the ages of 2 through 5, where they still love being around mommy and daddy! They are into everything, and want nothing more than to help planting or digging. They will even help weed sometimes if the soil is moist enough so the weed comes out easily, and of course the joy of the harvest is the big payoff for them. It helps if you plant something that can be picked and enjoyed right in the garden, be it strawberries or growing tomatoes. Another favorite is radishes simply because they grow so fast. Children can also hone their gardening "skills" around a playhouse in your backyard - real-life playing house!
Kids Tools for the Garden
Chidrens Garden Tool Sets
Children's little hands aren't made to handle the usual garden tools that adults use. When they are little we give them small utensils to eat with; same thing with the garden tools. Adult sized tools are too big and weigh too much. Fortunately, there are a number of products made just for young children.
For the very young say 2 year olds, plastic tools are fine. But, as they get older and want to really perform the digging process, you need something more sturdy so partial metal or wood handled tools should be your choice. If your plan is for your child to just use them in the sandbox, then plastic will do.
Another thing that is fun to do with the kids is to put plant markers out. You can keep the seed packages and tape the picture to the marker so they know what to look for as the seedlings emerge from the ground. When they are a little older, they can write the crop on the marker - it's a great way for them to be involved.
The basic tools that should come with a garden tool set are a trowel, a mini rake and a hoe. Many of these sets come with a cloth or canvas carrier, and the Toysmith set has a sprinkler can as well.
For slightly older kids, you can find some that have handles a little longer than 2 feet and these make it perfect so they aren't bending over with the younger kids tool size.
Garden Tools For the Older Kids
As your kids get a little bigger, they may want toy garden tools that demand a little more from them. One tool that the older kids love is a wheelbarrow, sized just for them. Or maybe something like a toy lawn mower. Make sure you get one that has the details right, smooth finish on the handle, rolled corners on the metal work. This can be handy for holding all sorts of things, even for the adults at times! And if your child grows out of his wagon or wheelbarrow, use it for a planter in your garden - that's what I have done!
You can find a one of these from John Deere, with the classic Deere colors to match your other lawn and garden (or farm) equipment.
The Joy of Gardening with Kids
Some adults feel the need to wear gloves when working in the garden. Others revel in the feel and smell of the garden soil. More than likely you will transmit your preference to your kids as you work side by side in the garden. If you prefer gloves for your children you'll be glad to know you can find lots of gloves in children's sizes, in a variety of styles.
The most important thing to keep in mind in all this is to be sure your kids experience the things you do in the garden, the quiet peace of working with nature, the respect for the great gift and the fraility of life that demands our respect. Gardening with your children often creates some "teachable moments" where they are open to your wisdom, which only makes it that much more rewarding.
Introduce you children to gardening. If they get the gardening bug, it will be with them for life.
Additional Hubs to Check out on Gardening
- Beginners Garden - Our 10 Best Crops for Beginner Gardening
If you are ready to try gardening this is your guide to what to start growing in your garden. From children to first attempts at growing by adults, you cannot go wrong with this list of vegetables.
- Toy Lawn Mowers - A List of the Best Toy Lawn Mowers for Kids
- Upside Down Tomato Planters - Does Growing Upside Down Tomatoes Work?
Over the last few years it has become more and more common to try growing your tomatoes upside down. Here we take a look at advantages of growing tomatoes upside down, and a few of the more common approaches.
- Growing Blueberries - Tips on How to Grow Blueberries In Your Garden
Growing blueberries is something that can be done in most of the US. Here are a few tips on how to grow blueberries.
- EarthBox - How the EarthBox Garden Works
The Earth Box comes in two colors green and terra cotta.