Kids garden tools can be plastic toy-like items or they can be long-lasting “real” metal tools. Both plastic toy tools and higher-quality tools can be great fun for children in the garden.
Kids gardening tools are generally sold in fun play sets or as individual “real” tools. The garden tool sets are often more toy-like and available in bright colours and fun themes. Higher-quality “real” tools and gardening gear are simply smaller versions of adult-sized gardening tools. These utility tools are generally better purchased individually.
Let’s look at some of the best kids garden tools currently available and why they’re nice to have (or not so nice). Read on to learn about what’s available and what might suit your future green-thumb best!
Fun Kids Gardening Tool Play Sets
These garden tool sets are super-fun to look at and to use outdoors. They’ll work in the garden, sandbox, or even at the beach. There are bright pink options (like the ROCA pink unicorn set and the Hortem pink flamingo set, see links below). There also are neutral options (like the Kinderific set and the KT Garden set). Unfortunately I have yet to find a dinosaur-themed set that is reliably available to order (but I’m still looking!).
- Kinderific Classic Kids Gardening Tool Set
- Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Blossom Bright Gardening Set
- ROCA Kids Pink Unicorn Gardening Tool Set
- Storybook Kids Garden Tool Set in Blue/Yellow
- Hortem Kids Pink Flamingo Gardening Tools Set
- Hey! Play! Kid’s Mini Gardening Kit
- My Funfare Little Gardener Tool Set in Red/Yellow
- KT Garden Complete Kids Garden Tool Set in Natural Earth-Tones
- FITNATE Green Kids Garden Tools Set
- Sneeboer Kids Garden Trowel + Fork Gift Set (Handmade in Holland)
To see images of these gardening tool play sets, check out my Kids Gardening Idea List on Amazon (shows a photo of each set on one handy page).
Individual Garden Tools for Kids
Kids love having their own tools when they’re out in the garden. The most basic garden tool for kids is a sturdy hand trowel. These tend to get a great deal of use out in the yard, sandbox, and garden. A little hand rake (fork/cultivator) can also be lots of fun.
Garden Trowels & Hand Tools for Kids
Here are some great garden hand tool options for kids:
- Toysmith Beetle & Bee Kids Garden Hand Tools in Teal
- Toysmith Our Garden Kids Tool Set (Blue/Red/Green)
- Garden Friends Mini Metal Gardening Hand Tool Sets for Kids
- E-lishine 3-Piece Kids Garden Tools with Rake, Shovel and Trowel
- Bo Toys and Gifts Kids Hardwood Garden Tool Set with Tote
- Sneeboer Kids Garden Trowel (hand-forged stainless steel with ash wood handle)
- Sneeboer Kids Dutch Garden Hand Fork
Kids Metal Garden Tools: The best high-quality “real” metal garden tools for kids are the Sneeboer Classic Children’s Gardening Tools (see list above). They’re sturdy and well-made, and just happen to be available in mini size. Sneeboer’s kid-sized gardening tools are handmade in the Netherlands by well-known heritage toolmaker Jaap Sneeboer and Family. These kids garden tools are made of stainless steel with wooden handles.
Watering Cans for Children
Here are some extra-special kid-themed watering cans for kids.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar Metal Watering Can
- Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Pretty Petals Flower Watering Can
- Matty’s Toy Stop Plastic Watering Cans for Kids
- Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Giddy Buggy Watering Can
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kids Garden Watering Can
You can also find kids watering cans seasonally at dollar stores, Ikea, and garden centers.
Gardening gloves that come with kids toy garden tool sets tend to be a bit ill-fitting and not the most useful. If your little one loves your gardening gloves and wants something similar, here are some upgraded options to choose from.
- Melissa & Doug Pink Ladybug Good Gripping Gardening Gloves
- COOLJOB Kids Stretchy Gardening Gloves with Monster Faces
- Vgo Kids Stretchy Synthetic Garden Gloves with Rubbery Palm Coating
- HandLandy Kids Gardening Plain Colourful Gripper Gloves
- G&F Kids Colourful Cotton Jersey Gardening Gloves
- G&F Kids Genuine Leather Suede Garden Gloves
Shovels for Children’s Gardens
These long-handled shovels and garden spades are made specifically with kids in mind.
- G & F JustForKids Kids Garden Tool Set with Spade
- Hey! Play! Kid’s Garden Tool Set with Child-Safe Shovel
- Sneeboer Kids Stainless Steel Garden Spade
Garden & Leaf Rakes for Kids
These long-handled leaf rakes and garden rakes are perfectly sized for little gardeners.
- G & F Products JustForKids Kids Garden Tool Set with Bow Rake and Leaf Rake
- Hey! Play! Kid’s Garden Tool Set with Soil Rake and Leaf Rake
- Sneeboer Kids Stainless Steel Garden Rake
A mini wheelbarrow is such a fun garden toy for kids! It doesn’t jump out as the first gardening toy to get, but once they’ve got it, it’ll get daily use.
- John Deere Steel Wheelbarrow for Kids, Green
- Costzon Kids Metal Wheelbarrow, Red
- Hey! Play! Kids Mini Metal Toy Wheelbarrow
- DIY Kids Wheelbarrow Woodworking Project
Kids Potting Benches
Here are some lovely options for kids potting benches, from plastic play benches to wooden potting bench set-ups sized for kids.
- Simplay3 Kids Indoor/Outdoor Sand and Water Activity Table
- Kid’s VegTrug™ Wooden Potting Bench
- Little Tikes Garden Table Potting Bench Play Set (Plastic)
- TP Toys Muddy Cook Wooden Outdoor Mud Play Kitchen
Garden Aprons for Kids
Some kids love wearing aprons in the garden (especially if mom & dad have them too). Other kids aren’t into them at all! Here are some options, from a classic canvas apron to a full-on waterproof gardening apron.
- Kids Starry Neutral Cotton Apron (Washable)
- Born Toys Kids Gardening Set with Washable Apron
- Deluxe Kids Garden Set For with Waterproof Apron & Sleeve Protectors
To see images of most of these gardening tools for children, check out my Kids Gardening Idea List on Amazon (shows a photo of each set together on one webpage).
Need even more ideas? Here is a giant list of different types of garden tools to give you some inspiration!
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