When gardening with kids, give them their own tools to use. Small hands need small tools. Kids love to have their own tools to use in the garden. This will encourage kids to learn all about gardening and they will love to have garden tools that they can call their own. So at about age 8 to 10 (depending on the child’s maturity), we buy our kids their own gardening tools.
There are so many kids gardening tools out there to pick from, it may be hard to make a choice. We try to buy tools for the garden that are basically miniatures of the adult version, not plastic play toys. They are a little more expensive, but way more sturdy. Plus, they are easy for kids to use and take care of.
Gardening tools for kids might include: a gardening tote, a watering can, a small garden rake, a small yard rake, a small hoe, a small shovel, a small pail, and hand tools (trowel, hoe, rake). You may also want to buy a small wheelbarrow, small flower pots, or a kneeling pad. Garden clothes such as; apron, gloves, boots, and hats might also be fun.
Teach your kids how to properly use and care for their tools. The littlest ones may need a lot of help with this. We always wash our garden tools and oil some of them (shovels, hoes, rakes, trowels, etc.) before putting them away. This teaches kids responsibility and the tools will be clean and ready to use next time.
So grab some tools and dig in!