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Kids In The Garden: Great Gardening Gifts, Tools & Toys for Kids

Updated on February 26, 2018
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Chazz is an Interior Decorator/Consultant/Retailer, amateur photographer, cook, gardener, handyman, currently restoring an 1880 Victorian.

Detail of cover art from "Grow a Garden," a Gardening Book for Chlldren. The book is Available at
Detail of cover art from "Grow a Garden," a Gardening Book for Chlldren. The book is Available at | Source

Kids in The Garden

When you are shopping for little gardeners you want the very best safe and educational gifts you can buy.

Great Garden Gifts For Kids is a place to find the gifts that will inspire your child or grandchild, niece, or nephew, to enjoy playing in the garden and developing memories that will last a lifetime as well as skills to learn how to grow plants (flowers or vegetables) and the joy that watching things grow can bring.

Don't have a yard? Don't worry! We also cover indoor gardening and clever ways to share the wonders of growing plants inside. Apartment dwellers do not have to forego the pleasures of gardening!

You may not need to grow plants for food but what would it be like to have no idea where your food comes from or how a flower grows?

You can give the children in your life the tools and the motivation and inspiration to play in the garden and learn about nature, science, farming, math, physics, and so much more while having fun and being physically active and getting enjoyable exercise. Not to mention nurturing their imagination and learning how to find a place where all the cares in the world will melt away...a skill all of us need to take into our adult years so we can easily call back to mind a restful place and take a break from the day to day busy-ness.

So this page is dedicated to finding the best gifts and kid-sized tools for children to thrive in the garden...

Essential Tools For Kids in the Garden

Melissa & Doug Rate Tops for Quality & Price

Great Kids In The Garden Gifts for your children who love to spend time outdoors and learning about little farmer chores. The best part is that this delightful playtime is more than likely going to produce some tasty and tangible results so you can enjoy the look of excitement when your child brings in that first tomato they grew all by themselves...or that first carrot they pulled out of the ground just in time to see them when they are still babies.

A selection of kid-friendly, parent-approved gardening gifts from
A selection of kid-friendly, parent-approved gardening gifts from | Source

Shown above: Top Left to right: Tootle Turtle Kids’ Gardening Tote Set, Happy Giddy Bug House, Mombo Snake Kids’ Magnifying Glass, Verdie Chameleon Watering Can.Lower Left to right: Kids Ladybugs Gardening Gloves, Happy Giddy Trowel, Flex Octopus Child’s Hat, Happy Giddy Rake, and Bella Butterfly Kid’s Gardening Gloves. All available at Melissa & Doug.

A Note About Out-of-Season Gardening Gifts for Kids

If you are buying a garden gift such as one of the above for a younger child during a winter holiday or other time when they might have to wait a considerable amount of time to use it, consider pairing it with one of the books below which can be enjoyed regardless of the season or weather.

Four of our Favorites. Left to right: From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons, The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt, Sunflower Houses: Inspiration From the Garden--A Book for Children and Their Grown-Ups by Sharon Lovejoy, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. All available at

Highest Rated Garden Tools For Kids: Wagons - Find the Best Highest Rated Wagons of All

A wagon is one of the most important tools you will need while gardening because it will help you to move your tools, soil, seeds, and the harvest from the house to the tool shed to the garden and home again. One of the most enjoyable stories you can tell is about the wagon when you were growing up and an older child in your life would pull you in the wagon now and then...

These stories all started with a beloved little wagon and the imagination of one child...

A wagon also has its own special kind of memory making qualities... years go by and grown ups look back to a time when they were small and something like a little red wagon is right up on the top of the fondest memories list (right with the first love and first automobile).

How to Choose Wagons for Young Gardeners - Find more of the highest rated wagons you can buy

Wagons come in different shapes and sizes. Some even have wood railings to help keep the harvest from falling overboard. Take a closer look at each of the wagons on this page to decide which one is the best choice for your child.

Radio Flyer 36" All-Terrain Steel & Wood Wagon
Radio Flyer 36" All-Terrain Steel & Wood Wagon
This wagon features a smooth, seamless steel body and sides crafted of natural wood, no-pinch ball joint, handle that folds under the wagon for easy storage, 10" rubber tires that can be filled with air make for a smoother and quiter ride. Weight capacity 200-Pounds. This wagon won the National Parenting Publications Award and Early Childhood News Director's Choice Award.

How to Choose

• Check for any age suggestions (including any weight restrictions or possible small parts warnings)

• Check for Ratings and Reviews by other customers... you might spend a little more time but it will be worth it to hear what real customers are saying about the wagon's quality and more importantly the seller's professionalism. An issue isn't such a problem when the seller is cooperative and will make things right!

On that note: Be sure to rate and review items you buy so other buyers will have the information they need to shop with confidence or beware of any particular item for sale.

This is especially important when buying gifts for children!

Radio Flyer and American Plastic are reputable companies that have raving fans! You can shop with confidence with these manufactures.

Most Important Thing: Start learning about gardening as early as possible... even babies will enjoy a few minutes out in the garden watching the butterflies play among the blossoming flowers
Most Important Thing: Start learning about gardening as early as possible... even babies will enjoy a few minutes out in the garden watching the butterflies play among the blossoming flowers

Encourage Kids' Natural Curiosity: These are Great for Bug & Birdwatching!

Fisher-Price Kid Tough Explorers Binoculars
Fisher-Price Kid Tough Explorers Binoculars
Sturdy, Fun Binoculars for Close-Up Views of Flora, Fauna & Creepy Crawlies

Remember This Tip:

It is often hard for very young children to receive a gift that can't be used or played with immediately, so when shopping for gardening gifts for the younger folk on your list, pair a "have to wait for spring" item such as a watering can with one they can use now like a book about gardening.

Top Kids Gardening With Kids Videos and Video Reviews

Most Popular Garden Gifts for Kids
Most Popular Garden Gifts for Kids
A happy gardener toting her kid-sized Garden Kit and watering can.
A happy gardener toting her kid-sized Garden Kit and watering can. | Source

Garden Tool Kits: More Great Buys on The Most Popular Gardening Gifts For Kids

Find More Great Gardening Gifts for Kids

These kits come complete with a set of gardening tools for you child. They come in styles and colors that will appeal to girls and boys, young children as well as the more mature child.

Get the right tools into their hands and a bit of guidance about how to use them and you will be nurturing a skill and natural curiosity that will last a lifetime.

Gardening is both a science and an art that also involves math and learning about seasons, time, temperature, botany, insects, birds, lifecycles, and countless more.

Kids who garden are getting first-hand experience in these subjects. Not only the joy of learning while having fun and the joy of growing a tomato or a sunflower... but the joy of being outdoors in the fresh air and having a place where you will feel 'happy' as well as memories and a hobby to draw on later in life draw on those moments when life gets to be too much hustle and bustle.

Includes bean and pea seeds, soil, plastic container and activity guide for ages 5+

Plant, Watch and Learn Gardening Kits for Kids

These kits provide a view of what goes on beneath the surface.

Kids can watch the roots grow from seed to maturity and then enjoy the fruits (or vegetables) of their labor.

Many of these types of kits will easily fit on a sunny windowsill in the kitchen or a child's bedroom or playroom.

Root-Vue Farm
Root-Vue Farm
Durable unit with acrylic viewing window, built-in water basin and drainage reservoir, light shield that keeps plants growing but can be removed for viewing roots, 8 super-expanding grow mix wafers, 3 packets of seeds, identification labels and 16 page booklet with complete instructions and experiments. 9 1/4"H x 16"W x 5 3/4"D. Ages 4+

More Top Rated Videos About Gardening With Kids

Top Featured INDOOR Gardening for Kids -- Please Read Carefully

When you have limited yard space your child can still be a gardener with this mini greenhouse. You can put this by a window or on a porch or balcony and your child can grow a container garden. Depending on the age or your child this type of gardening will require more supervision to ensure small children do not pull heavy pots down from tops shelves or climb on the shelves. Due to these and other reasonable considerations please take great care in evaluating your child's skills and maturity before giving them this kind of project.

A shelf unit like this one could be a hazard to some children so please use caution -- read all of the following descriptions, and evaluate your child's ability and understanding before using.

Please note: Watching plants grow is a wonderful experience but please use common sense in determining if using an indoor greenhouse is appropriate for your child. They can be toppled if run into and may also cause injury If climbed on or if pots fall or are pulled down on top of a child. Based on my experience, children under 5 may not be able to understand it would be unsafe to climb the shelves or might accidentally pull heavy soil-filled pots down on top of their heads... each child is different so PLEASE USE CAUTION and supervision to ensure this isn't a dangerous project for your child or pets.

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Please drop us a note and tell us about your little gardener.

Did you garden as a child?

Do you have a child in your life who enjoys gardening?

What do you think of our gardening for kids gifts and garden tools page? Do you have a review of your own about one of these garden related items you'd like to share?

© 2012 Chazz

Kids In The Garden: Great Gardening Gifts For Kids Guestbook - How old is your little gardener?

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    • chezchazz profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York

      @paulahite: Thank you once again.

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      Paula Hite 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Love the lens! It'll be featured on "The Green Thumb: A Place For Gardeners To Gather" Facebook page today! Come like/share it with your friends!

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      7 years ago

      great lens

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      Ben Reed 

      7 years ago from Redcar

      My little gardeners are my granddaughters - aged 10 and 2.

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      7 years ago

      Nice to have kids in the garden.Great gardening gifts for kids. Nice lens

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      7 years ago

      I can't wait to take my kids to get some gardening gear! Great Lens!

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      7 years ago

      Ah, kids in the garden! I was JUST in my backyard garden ... today I planted my third row of sunflower seeds. And, within 2 hours? A mole had left its mark in said garden. Been chasing moles in my garden for a few weeks. Would prefer kids in the garden, you know?

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      7 years ago

      These are great ideas. I would add a TickleMe Plant Kit as my kids and students love growing the only plant that will close its leaves and lower its branches when tickled. Just search TickleMe Plant to see a live one in action. Thanks for your suggestions

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      Wendy Leanne 

      7 years ago from Texas

      Your lens is as pretty and crisp as a sunny, spring day. :)

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 

      8 years ago

      Great gifts for little gardeners. Thanks for sharing.

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      MikeRobbers LM 

      8 years ago

      Wonderful gardening lens! Gardening is a great activity to get the kids involved with..

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      Susan spencer 

      8 years ago from Texas

      My grandmother gave me my first plant to care for when I was little. I learned all I know about gardening from her. I try to teach the same lessons in gardening to my own kids today.

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      8 years ago

      No, I didn't garden as a child, but I wish I did. Congrats on a well deserved purple star.

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      8 years ago

      Love the garden kits - what a great idea!

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      Michey LM 

      8 years ago

      Great resources for parents to learn kids gardening. Blessings!

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      8 years ago

      Thanks! More Ideas to make my garden boy happy!

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      I love gardening and am so happy to have a new helper this year. My 2 year old granddaughter has already assisted with planting radishes and spinach in my cold frame. We're planning a big vegetable garden this summer! I'm pleased to welcome this lens to Purple Star Pastiche.

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      8 years ago

      This is a very nice gardening lens for the kids and adults to read. Blessed!

    • TriciaLymeMom profile image


      8 years ago

      very kids love to play in the garden too :)

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      8 years ago

      nicely done mate

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      8 years ago from East Central Florida

      Congratulations on your Purple Star!

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      8 years ago

      These ideas are great! Blessed!

    • TTMall profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful and informative lens. Very well done!

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      Start them young! We all helped in the garden as kids, and we all still love to garden fifty plus years later.

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      8 years ago

      What a lovely lens, thank you for reminding us of what little ones like for their gardens.

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      8 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens. I have been gardening since I was a kid and I now have a lifelong love of gardening.

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      8 years ago

      Nice lens! I think your ideas are great and this is quite comprehensive. Thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago

      good lens.........

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      8 years ago

      I garden with my grandbabies and they love it!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are great gardening gift ideas!

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      8 years ago

      Great lens!!!

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      8 years ago

      Awesome lens and inspirational! It reminds my of my childhood moments together with my older sister which she taught me how to plant a flower in our garden using gardening tools. I think its nice to brought some of these for my kids..

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      8 years ago from Midwest

      This was fun thinking of my grandson enjoying all these tools.

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      8 years ago

      Good "clean" fun for kids! Wonderful learning experiences for kids to carry throughout their lives.

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      8 years ago

      It's always nice to play in the outdoors with your kids, helps them appreciate nature =). Helps them be active as well

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      Fay Favored 

      8 years ago from USA

      I guess that my love for gardening came from watching my father. So I expect this article is right on the money. The tool bag would have been a nice thing to have. A very nice article with sound advice for young gardeners.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens! I remember gardening with my mom when I was a child, and thought it was so neat to watch the flowers grow. I also had a neighbor who always gardened every year, and she would give me seeds so I grow my own plants. I was so excited when the sunflowers grew and towered over me. It was a great feeling when I was a child knowing I had the power to make things grow, and the feeling still carries on!

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      8 years ago

      I couldn't agree more, kids should be allowed to grow their own plants in a garden or some planters - it's a great way for them to get connected to the nature as early as possible.

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      8 years ago

      Great activity to get the kids involved with!

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      Katie Harp 

      8 years ago

      blessed by a squid angel :) <3

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      8 years ago from Florida

      Great suggestions! My kids love helping in the garden -- especially when they have their own special tools. We have a child's size shovel and hoe. They've gotten plenty of use! My kids also love their watering cans. Blessed and liked.

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      Erin Hardison 

      8 years ago from Memphis, TN

      My daughter is 4, and we just bought some seeds to container garden some peppers, carrots and flowers. These are some great suggestions. For small kids, the book Planting a Rainbow introduces kids to types of flowers and how they grow (seeds vs. bulbs).

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      8 years ago

      Super lens my background is in Horticulture and I was nurtured as a child and learnt to love the garden making a career and several years in university from it. i agree that learnt to grow plants from seed is one of the most rewarding things a child can learn. Great Lens

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      8 years ago

      Enjoyed reading about kids and the outdoors! *blessed by a squid angel*

    • jlshernandez profile image


      8 years ago

      This lens makes me want to be a 6-yr.old all over again. How fun and what great tools to use for gardening.

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      8 years ago

      Little gardeners are such great helpers especially when it comes to collecting ladybugs.

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      8 years ago

      I love this lens. My 6 year old daughter and I started a small pot garden last year and had so much fun. I'm looking to expand the garden this year and would love to get her her own tools. Thanks for lots of ideas - I think I'll make it an Easter present :)

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      8 years ago from Maryland

      My kids LOVE to help me in the's our favorite time of year! :)

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      8 years ago from Canada

      My niece loved working the veggie garden with me and she actually learned a thing or two without even trying. Her first gardening set was highly cherished.

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      8 years ago

      Wow, love it! Makes me want to be a kid again:-) *blessed*

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      laporter79 lm 

      8 years ago

      My daughter is doing tomatoes and strawberries in her very own garden this year, so thanks for the fun ideas

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      8 years ago

      Nice colorful selection of gardening tools for kids.

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      8 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I love the cute and colorful tools for young gardeners. I have at times bought some for my children so that I could use them myself in the garden. My favorite hand trowel was made for a child. It's pink. I love it!

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      8 years ago

      Good selection of gardening gifts for kids.

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      8 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Very nice selection of kids gardening gifts-with 7 grandkids this is a great idea!

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      8 years ago

      Oh yes! Kids and gardening are a perfect match indeed - both growing! and such a wonderful way to learn so many fascinating things about bugs and dirt and pure pleasure! Delightful page!

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      8 years ago

      I highly recommend a wagon. Kids can come up with so many different uses for them.

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      8 years ago

      Kids and gardens go together, no question. My own garden is always filled with neighbour children of all ages, and it brings back great memories of gardening with my aunt and my grandparents when I was a child. This is a lovely-to-look-at lens, filled with great ideas!

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      Deb Bryan 

      8 years ago from Chico California

      I still remember the times I spent in the garden with my Grandfather. He talked to me about flowers. He was passionate about "Gram's Flowers" and I think that experience endeared me to him as well as my love for flower gardens. He died when I was 12 but all these years that love for gardening keeps him close to me. I also find comfort in the garden so I have a place to go when things get too busy.

      Your gardening for kids ideas are a great resource for finding ideas for things to do with kids out doors where they can get some exercise and learn a lot while having fun!


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