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The Best Gardening Gear for Kids

It's time to get started in the backyard! We found the best kids gardening tools for your budding gardener.

Our editors and experts handpick every product we feature. We may earn a commission from your purchases.

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Kids Garden Seed Kit

The DIY garden kit for kids has everything you need to plant vegetables with little ones. The peat pots mean any family can start a tasty garden indoors.

Why it made our list: This kit is a one-stop shop for gardening with kids. The peat pellets are easy to soak and plant for even the tiniest helpers. Here’s how to choose the best gardening tools.

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Fun Watering Can

You’ll never forget to water your new seedlings with this adorable Melissa and Doug chameleon watering can. The built-in tail handle is a fun detail and easy to hold.

Why it made our list: The thin handle and small spout make it easy to hold and prevent those inevitable spills before you’ve even reached the backyard. These are the most foolproof plants for kids to grow.

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Small Wheelbarrow

Need to get some serious yard work done while watching the kids? Have them join in with their own just-for-kids wheelbarrow. It’s made with durable metal so it will last as long as your kids do (so until snack time).

Why it made our list: The ergonomic handles and extra leg stand make this wheelbarrow sturdier than most. The large rubber wheel makes it easy for little ones to steer as well.

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Hand Tools

Looking for just a few items to get started with your herb garden? Begin with the Twigz hand gardening tools set. The set contains a hand fork and a trowel made especially for little hands.

Why it made our list: This set is durable; the tools are easy to hold while still able to keep up with some serious digging in the dirt. Need a laugh? Check out these funny things kids say about nature.

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Flower Planter

If you have an artist in the family, she will love the chance to decorate her own little garden. This paint and plant flower growing kit includes a tin planter, plastic lining, soil, seed packets, paints, paint brushes and instruction booklet.

Why it made our list: This kit allows kids to flex their creativity muscles; decorate the tin planter and flower markers before digging your hands into the dirt for more fun.

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Gardening Gloves

Have all the fun without the mess with these soft kids gardening gloves. The microfoam gloves are flexible while providing extra grip while your kids are hard at work.

Why it made our list: The comfortable fabric and fun patterns make these gloves a fun addition to any afternoon in the sun. Unlike most kids gardening gloves, these ones won’t slip off.

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Fairy Garden

Add a little magic to your backyard with your child’s very own fairy garden. This whimsical kit includes a planter, soil, seed packets, gardening tools and fairy accessories.

Why it made our list: This kit combines everything kids love; fairies and unicorns and rainbows, oh my! As the plants start to grow, your little ones have an adventure waiting for them. These are the best plants for your mini fairy garden.

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Lightweight Hose

No more yanking, crying and tripping over the enormous hose the next time your child wants to help water the garden. This AquaArmor lightweight hose is made for adults but light enough for your little helpers to join in.

Why it made our list: Did we mention less crying? The lightweight material on this hose glides smoothly and prevents kinks, keeping your gardening time together easier and more fun.

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Garden Tote

Your child will feel like a professional gardener with this Toysmith kids garden tote. It has deep pockets and comes with metal gardening tools with sturdy wooden handles.

Why it made our list: This durable tote is easy for young kids to hold and is machine washable for even the messiest gardening days. Here’s how to make a DIY Bug Box for kids.

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Tall Tool Set

When the warm weather starts rolling in, invite the entire family to help tend the garden with G&F Products kids gardening tools. This set includes a garden rake, shovel, leaf rake and hoe.

Why it made our list: The tall tools are made of durable metal and hardwood handles to handle any outdoor task.

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Sun Hat

When talking your child into wearing sunscreen and a hat, up the fun factor with a safari sun hat. Each hat is breathable and lightweight for extra comfort and protects your little one’s face with UPF 50+ fabric.

Why it made our list: The bright, fun patterns like hungry sharks and surfing dinosaurs are tempting for even the most resistant hat wearers.

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Carrie Madormo, RN
Now a freelance health and food writer, Carrie worked as a nurse for over a decade. When she isn't hunched over her laptop with a baby in hand, you will find her cooking her grandmother’s recipes, lacing up her running shoes or sipping coffee in the bathroom to hide from her three young children.