The 6 Best Kids Gardening Tools

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Hey! Play! Kid’s Mini Gardening Kit at Walmart

"This gardening tote comes with kid-sized gloves, a shovel, fork, rake, and watering can. What more could you need?"

Best Splurge: Grow With Me Garden Tool Set at Magic Cabin

"If you're doing some big work in the backyard consider getting this bigger tool set that includes a small wheelbarrow."

Best Budget: Kids Garden Tools Set at Home Depot

"These small yet chunky tools are easy to use and are great for even the youngest gardeners."

Best for Siblings: Personalized Kids Gardening Tools at Etsy

"Give each of your kids personalized tools to prevent any disagreements."

Best for Toddlers: Giddy Buggy Tote Set at Amazon

"Lightweight and toddler-sized, these plastic tools are made to encourage younger children to play."

Best for Backyards: Step2 Springtime Wheelbarrow at Kohl's

"This stable wheelbarrow includes a hand rake and trowel so your child is prepared for any backyard task."

Spending time outside is beneficial for the whole family, especially during a stressful quarantine. All you need is fresh air, sunshine, and water to have a garden.

If there's a lot of space in a backyard, raised beds can work well, but if you just have a balcony or a sunny window, a container garden is great too. Kids will love the steps and care involved in the growing process, so outfit them with all the tools they need to start gardening.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Hey! Play! Kid’s Mini Gardening Kit

Hey! Play! Kid’s Mini Gardening Kit

 Courtesy of Walmart

Kids will love this kit and parents will love that it all stores neatly into the gardening tote bag full of useful pockets. Kid-sized gardening gloves will protect little hands while the shovel, fork, and rake can be put to good use in the dirt.

The small watering can is useful for both indoor and outdoor watering. This set is sweet for pretend play and sturdy enough to be very useful outdoors.

Best Splurge: Grow With Me Garden Tool Set

Grow With Me Garden Tool Set

 Courtesy of Magic Cabin 

If your little helper is prepared to do some big work, it may be worth it to splurge on a bigger set of tools. This sturdy and well-made set is specially designed and sized to be comfortable, safe, and adjustable for growing kids.

The shovel, hoe, leaf rake, and soil rake are all crafted to adjust from 33 inches to 39.5 inches long. With a child-sized, yet rugged, wheelbarrow, your kid will be ready to dig in and get gardening.

Best Budget: Kids Garden Tools Set

Kids Garden Tools Set

 Courtesy of Home Depot

A bright tote and kid-sized tools are really all that kids need to start working in the dirt. They’ll feel proud of their special gardening bag and the chunky tools are easy for little hands to grab hold of.

Parent reviewers are impressed with how well-made the tools are. Little gardeners will love how their tools look just like big ones and will be proud to start gardening too.

Best for Siblings: Personalized Kids Gardening Tools

Personalized Kids Gardening Tools

Courtesy of Etsy

Squash any sibling squabbles before they start by outfitting your littlest gardeners with personalized gardening tools. This three-piece set comes with a rake, round shovel, and square shovel.

There is room for up to 20 characters (including spaces) to be engraved on each tool. Without any arguing about which sibling gets to use which tool, you can get right to the gardening at hand.

Best for Toddlers: Giddy Buggy Tote Set

This sweet set is made especially for toddlers. Gardening will encourage outdoor play, imagination, and works to develop both fine and gross motor skills.

A durable tote fits a toddler-sized shovel, rake, and spray bottle. The tools are plastic. They are lightweight but may not hold up to heavy use or deep digging in the dirt.

Best for Backyards: Step2 Springtime Wheelbarrow

Step2 Springtime Wheelbarrow

 Courtesy of Kohl's

Put your little ones to work as they rake, shovel, and pile debris into their very own child-sized wheelbarrow. Best for kids ages 1 through 4-years old, this wheelbarrow has dual front wheels for extra stability.

The included hand rake and trowel have special slots, so they are easy to store. This does require some assembly, but all it takes is a hammer and a few minutes, and you’ll be ready to go.

Why Trust Verywell Family

Maya Polton is a former marketing manager and current freelance writer who covers food, home, and parenting. She's also the mom of a 10-year-old son, 6-year-old son, and 2-year old daughter. Her family uses a wide variety of appropriate and non-appropriate tools to plant tons of bulbs in the fall and each spring she's always so glad she forced them all to help when they enjoy seeing the flowers grow together.

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