19 Awesome Tools and Supplies to Encourage Young Gardeners

Wheelbarrows, gloves, spades, and more!

Gardening is so much more than just digging in the dirt. It engages all the senses, introduces kids to scientific concepts, and fosters healthy eating and environmental stewardship. What’s not to love? To give them their best foot forward in the garden, we’ve put together a list of the best kids’ gardening supplies. Now get planting!

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1. Garden Table Play Set

For make-believe gardening, this playset from Little Tikes is perfection. It’s essentially a water table with a gardening spin.

2. Wheelbarrow

If you’re looking for something a kid can use while working in the yard, you have to go with this durable, easy-to-maneuver option from John Deere. For a toy to role play with, we like the Springtime Wheelbarrow from Step2.

3. Gardening Gloves

These gloves come highly recommended as soft, comfortable, and breathable for light-duty garden work. We’re fans of the rubber palm, and it comes in four designs.

4. Large Tool Set

Built to last, this rake, spade, hoe, and leaf rake set from G & F Products are made of solid wood and real metal. They also have special safety features especially with kids in mind. 

5. Small Tool Set

From Toysmith, this set of three gardening tools includes a rake, shovel, and trowel. At 8.5 inches long, they’re just the right size for children’s hands.

6. Kneeling Pad

Although not specifically for kids, this kneeling pad from Gorilla Grip is nice and thick to protect little knees. Available in a variety of colors.

7. Watering Can

Leave it to Melissa and Doug to produce the cutest ever watering can. We’re loving the child-friendly handle, small size, and flower-shaped spout!

8. All-in-One Set

If you don’t want to buy gloves, tools, and watering can separately, you can grab this set from Storybook Kids Explorers Club. It has everything, plus a book, stakes, and a handy-dandy tote to store it all in.

9. Apron

This darling apron from Urban Infant comes in four equally adorable patterns: submarines, poppies, bunnies, or “urban dude.” Plus, it can do double duty in the kitchen.

10. Seed Packets

For kids, quick bloomers are a good choice. This wildflower packet includes 21 varieties of flowers and is guaranteed to germinate.

11. Seed Paper Shapes

If you don’t want to go the traditional seed route, try these fun paper shapes with seeds embedded. Simply soak in water and plant! Seed balls are also a fun option.

12. Gardening Book

This book has over 100 projects for kids ages 5-12 and takes them step by step through everything from growing fruits and vegetables to wildlife gardening.

13. Magic Bean Garden

This Creativity for Kids kit comes complete with five bright paint colors, planter, paintbrush, potting mix, three magic beans. And get this: they sprout a surprise message on the pods.

14. Flower Growing Kit

From Dan&Darci, this kit has everything you need to grow marigolds, cosmos, and zinnias. Plus, you can decorate the tin planter! 

15. Sprout and Grow Window

This unique planter from Educational Insights allows kids to see what happens beneath the soil as plants sprout, develop roots, and grow leaves. Includes soil and seeds.

16. Country Cottage Garden Kit

This open-air terrarium kit includes pieces to build a 3-D model cottage and garden, violet and radish seeds, peat pellets, a dropper water bottle, and more. And it’s adorable.

17. Grow-A-Maze

A plant maze? Sounds awesome! The transparent cover allows you to watch from above and below the soil as your plant winds its way through a maze of your creation.

18. Terrarium Kit

Use this kit to create a miniature garden and then watch it grow day and night (it has LED lights!). 

19. Plant a Pizza Garden

Who doesn’t love pizza? Kids will have fun with this vegetable and herb starter kit that they can later use to make their favorite food.

Did we miss your favorites for children’s gardening? Share in the comments!

Plus, 16 Everyday Activities That Totally Count as Learning.

19 Awesome Tools and Supplies to Encourage Young Gardeners

Posted by Kimmie Fink

Kimmie is an editor at WeAreTeachers. She has 13 years of classroom teaching experience and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

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