Have a little gardener who loves to help? We’ve rounded up the best kids gardening set for little gardeners. Parent written guide to choosing from 7 kid-sized garden tool sets for toddlers and older.
Last night, we were sitting on the patio at my mom’s house, and our 23-month old daughter toddler was helping grandma water and care for her plants.
As I sat and watched, I realized I have memories of my own childhood that are just like this. I spent summers helping my own grandma care for her plants, alternating “working” in the garden and running through sprinklers, while earning about the natural word living in my own backyard.
Watching my own daughter get so much joy from helping water the plants, collecting flower clippings, and – let’s be honest – making a huge gardening mess, I realized it’s time to get our daughter her own set of kids gardening tools to encourage more gardening!
Since I needed to do the research anyway, I figured I might as well share what I learned while choosing the right kids gardening set for our family. I hope it helps your family, too!
Just here for a quick answer? Looking for the best kids gardening set and don’t have a lot of time to waste? We got you! Here are our picks for the 3 best kids gardening tools sets:
The Benefits of Gardening for Kids
Encouraging toddlers and older kids to garden makes a lot of sense to me, because there are so many clear benefits to it!
- Sensory Play – Gardening is a natural form of sensory play, letting your little one feel the dirt, water and plants, smell the flowers, taste the herbs …. all without having to make a special sensory bin or sensory bottle! Any time I can engage all 5 of my little one’s senses with just one activity, I consider that a win!
- Motor Skills Play – Gardening encourages motor skills development in little ones – both gross and fine motor skills. Scooping, digging, placing seeds, directing water – it all takes developed motor skills to do it right, making gardening a great activity to develop these skills further.
- Hello, Science Projects! There are a ton of science projects you can do in the garden. We’re currently transforming old potatoes into new potatoes after planting some old squishy potatoes we found in the back of the cupboard in a garbage bag, and talking about how plants grow. Pair gardening with some gardening books for preschoolers and toddlers, and you’ve got great material to work with!
- Encourages Curiosity – Gardening encourages curiosity in the natural world. Every time we’re in the garden with our little one, she loves to watch the “buzzy bees” do their work, and has a ton of questions about them.
- Natural Way to Encourage Eating Veggies, Fruit, and a Variety of Flavors – Getting your little one involved in growing their own food makes for an easy way to encourage healthy eating habits and a lifelong love of food. Every time we’re in the garden, we pick peas off the snow pea plant to taste them, rub our fingers on the mint leaves to smell and then taste them, and talk about the different food we’re growing!
- Routine and Responsibility – As kids get older and have their own plants, they’ll also have to remember to take care of those plants, checking daily they have enough water and trimming as needed. It’s a great way to encourage a sense of responsibility amongst little kids.
You can probably tell from this list we’re huge proponents of getting little kids in the garden! And that means investing in garden tools kids can take ownership over and use with their little hands.
Best Kids Gardening Tools for Every Family
- Best Overall Kids Gardening Set – INNOCHEER Kids Gardening Tools with STEM Guide
- Runner Up – Born Toys Gardening Set
- Best Tall Kid Gardening Tools – Just for Kids Garden Tool Set
- Best Kids Gardening Set for Toddlers – Liberty Imports Garden Wagon and Tools
- Most Affordable Kid Garden Tools – Bo Toys and Gifts Kids Garden Set
- Best Girlish Kids Gardening Tool Set – Taylor Toys Childrens Gardening Tools
- Best Boyish Kids Gardening Tool Set– Tierra Garden Junior Garden Kit
Best Gardening Tools for Kids Reviews
The Best Overall Kids Gardening Set
Encourages Curiosity & Independence
This set of kids gardening tools includes everything your little one needs to create their own potted garden. It has 18 pieces, all the perfect size for preschool-aged kiddos. Even better, the tool heads are made from metal.
This set is well-designed, with three small tools (hand shovel, trowel, and rake), a smock, a watering can, a pair of garden gloves, four pots and four tags.
As a bonus, it even includes an easy-to-follow guide to help your little one get started with gardening. In the guide, your kiddos will learn how to plant carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and strawberries, opening up the opportunity for parents to discuss the importance of healthy eating, lifecycles of plants and their helpers (bugs, bees, etc), and more.
The handles are small and made of plastic, and the tool ends are made of metal for a realistic feel and durability. This set is ideal for children aged three and up, but 2-year-olds could use the tools, too.
The Runner Up
Includes beautiful Extras Like an Apron and Hat
This comprehensive set of kids garden tools comes with a gardening apron to keep the tools, a sun hat, and kid-sized gardening gloves. This is a fairly complete garden tool set so that your budding gardener will always have the tools they need on hand when helping outside.
We love the apron that’s included in this set. It’s adjustable at the neck strap and also around the waist where it clips, so that it can grow along with your little one. And there are five pockets to conveniently hold all of the miniature tools.
It comes with a hand-held shovel, spade and rake, along with a spray bottle and a pair of heavy-duty gloves with rubber dots for grip.
As a bonus, it comes with a garden hat to keep harmful sun off of your little one’s face and neck while they are working away in the garden. This set is ideal for kids aged three and up. As with the first set, I think two-year-olds would also enjoy this set, although the apron and gloves may be too big.
The Best Tall Tools for the Garden & Yard
Well Made for Yard Work
This garden tool set comes with one shovel, one rake, one hoe and one leaf rake. They are all made out of solid wood with an easy-to-grip end, and a solid metal tool head.
They range anywhere from 25 to 30 inches tall and have been tweaked and improved so that they don’t come apart while your little one is working hard. As a bonus, the top of each tool has a built-in loop so that you can hang the little tools right alongside your own tools.
The manufacturer recommends these for kids 7 and up, but there are plenty of reviews from buyers using these kids gardening tools with two year olds and up. Because they are metal, you’ll really need to watch younger kids with them, as they could do some damage.
The Best for Toddlers
Plastic Tools for the Littlest Gardeners
Liberty Imports kids gardening tools set comes with 16 different pieces so your little helper can do everything mama and dada do in the garden. It includes a cute wagon to tote everything from garden to shed, and back again.
This set of kids gardening tools is made from BPA-free plastic and comes with 5 tall garden tools (rake, hoe, and pick), 5 small gardening tool styles (spade, clippers, and 3 different hand rakes), four flower pots, a watering can, a spray bottle, and the wagon.
While meant for helping in the garden, the tools in this set are fairly versatile, and can be used for playing in the sand at the beach or in an outdoor water or sand table. Also worth noting, this set is plastic – it should work well for toddlers and preschoolers who want to help in the garden, but the tools aren’t going to hold up for digging in really hard dirt or rocks. It’s more for pretend play and helping than for bigger kids who might want to get some actual work done.
The Most Affordable Kids Gardening Set
This tote has a tough and easy-to-hold set of handles that are perfect for little hands. There are four pockets on the front and one on each side that are the perfect size for the tools that come with it.
The tools are made of real hardwood and enameled metal so your little helper can actually work right alongside you in the garden.
And the tote itself would be great for carrying seed packets, gloves, sunscreen or anything else your kiddo might need for their outdoor work.
The Best for Boys
The set includes three small tools that are the perfect size for little hands and are made with solid wood handles and metal tool heads.
It also has a realistic watering can and a set of cloth gardening gloves. It all fits into the handy canvas garden tote bag with four pockets and easy-to-carry handles.
This set measures 9.1 x 6.8 x 4.9 inches and is ideal for kids of all ages.
The Best for Girls
A Pink Set That Looks Girlish
It includes a sweet green and pink tote bag with four pockets for all of your little one’s gardening necessities. There is also a pink metal bucket with a metal and wood handle, two small gardening tools with wood handles and metal tool heads and two marking stakes with sweet characters on top.
Additionally, there is a pair of real, but tiny, gardening gloves with rubber traction dots to keep the dirt out from underneath their nails.
This set is ideal for kids aged three to ten years and measures 7.9 x 8.3 x 7.1 inches.
What to Keep in Mind When Shopping for a Kids Gardening Tool Set
Pretend Play vs. Actual Gardening
Most of the kids gardening tools we’ve included in this list have metal “tool ends” with either wood or plastic handles. These are going to be best for actual gardening, as the metal will hold up to some actual work. However, some of the brands we covered are all plastic – these should hold up okay for really little kids doing some digging in flower pots, etc, but they will likely break if your kids try to do any real work with them, especially in garden beds with packed dirt.
Also worth noting, using metal tools will require more supervision than plastic tools, as the metal ones will hurt a lot more if used incorrectly, fallen on, etc.
Do You Need Tall Tools?
Most kids gardening sets are comprised of small tools, such as hand trowels, meant for digging in garden beds. However, if you want your little one to get involved in yard work too, you’ll need to add some tall tools to your child’s set of gardening tools (i.e. a rake).
Whether You Need Any Extras
Some of the gardening tools we’ve covered above come as sets, complete with adorable hats, aprons, gardening gloves, etc. These are nice to haves, but may not be something you need if you already have these pieces at home.
Final Thoughts About Finding The Best Kids Gardening Tools
I hope you found this post helpful, and you have a great summer spent digging in the dirt, watering, and growing things with your little one!
If you know someone with small children who like to garden, I hope you’ll share this post with them!