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Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

2022-05-10 by Melissa & Doug
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One of the best activities you can do as a family is gardening. It not only gets you and your kids outside and active, it gives you a chance to appreciate nature from a whole different perspective.

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In past blogs, we’ve touched upon a number of gardening-related stories, including 5 tips for creating a kid-friendly garden, tips for gardening with kids, how to create a successful family garden, and how to teach kids to care for plants. We’ve even posted a blog that provides you with garden-themed arts & crafts projects for when the weather won’t cooperate!

Now that it’s time to dig into your family garden, we’ve got the perfect play suggestions to get the whole family involved: a countdown of our top 10 gardening toys and play sets to encourage kids to be outside, active, and caring for Mother Nature.

#10

Giddy Buggy Good Gripping Gloves

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids 2022

Ages: 3+ 

Why It’s Garden Ready: Get a “grip” on gardening with these fun and friendly child-size gloves! Featuring bright stripes and Giddy Buggy’s smiling face, these gloves, sized to fit ages three to six, are made from sturdy, high-quality, machine-washable material, and feature rubber latex coating on the palms to help grip garden tools.

Skills in Bloom: Promotes gross and fine motor skills, hands-on exploration, and outdoor play

 

#9

Pretty Petals Sprinkler

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 3+

Why It’s Garden Ready: With the Pretty Petals Sprinkler, the flowers water you! This sweet, whimsical outdoor sprinkler features pretty pink flowers on a green base, all made from durable materials. It attaches easily to a hose for outdoor fun for the whole family, as well as an adorable way to water the garden!

Skills in Bloom: Promotes outdoor active play; helps develop coordination, gross motor skills

BONUS! Countless Ways To Play: Bring out some soap and wash your toys or give your dolls a bath in the sprinkler!

 

#8

Giddy Buggy Binoculars

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 3+

Why It’s Garden Ready: Imagine the thrill when looking through these kid-friendly binoculars with the always-happy Giddy Buggy character! Bring distant objects and the natural world up close with these adjustable field glasses, and focus on the adventure in every backyard.

Skills in Bloom: Encourages observation skills and interest in the natural world; promotes eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills

BONUS! Countless Ways To Play: Look through the binoculars and try to find every color of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet.

 

#7

Shimmy Snake Magnifier

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 4+

Why It’s Garden Ready: Shimmy is a snake that will charm backyard explorers! Grab this snake by the neck and have twice as much fun when everything is magnified. The easy-to-grasp design adds a clever twist to a classic tool made of sturdy plastic with a shatterproof lens.

Skills in Bloom: Encourages observation skills and interest in the natural world; promotes eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills

BONUS! Countless Ways To Play: Pretend you are a detective looking for clues to solve a case!

 

#6

Giddy Buggy Cultivator & Trowel Set

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 3+ 

Why It’s Garden Ready: This two-piece cheerful and durable, child-sized garden tool set will help your little gardener prepare the growing patching and keep weeds at bay! Sturdy metal digging prongs on the cultivator and a sturdy metal scoop on the trowel, and bright colors on the easy-clean handles with a cute bug face make gardening activities exciting and enjoyable! Tools store neatly with handy loops for hanging.

Skills in Bloom: Promotes gross and fine motor skills; encourages hands-on exploration and outdoor play

 

#5

Cutie Pie Butterfly Bug House

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 3+ 

Why It’s Garden Ready: Cutie Pie Butterfly swings open on the easy-access door of this whimsical bug house. Made from lightweight molded plastic and wire mesh, it has a sturdy handle, a beautifully striped floor and lots of ventilation to provide the perfect place to house and observe insects and bugs.

Skills in Bloom: Encourages outdoor exploration and an interest in the natural world; helps promote gross and fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination

BONUS! Countless Ways To Play: When not in use examining bugs and insects, set up some toys and play figures inside the bug house to create a scene! Try turning it into a garage for toy cars or a barn for miniature animals.

 

#4

Cutie Pie Butterfly Net

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 3+ 

Why It’s Garden Ready: A butterfly-shaped net is the perfect way to catch moths, bugs, and butterflies on those long summer evenings! The flowery pink and green striped handle is decorated with a portrait of Cutie Pie and the long, bright pink net provides lots of room for collectables. This bug catcher is light and fun to wave, while its sturdy construction, durable frame, and strong polyester netting make it perfect for outdoor play. Young adventurers will love taking Cutie Pie along on nature expeditions!

Skills in Bloom: Encourages gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and exploration of the natural world

BONUS! Countless Ways To Play: Blow up several small balloons or blow bubbles and catch them with your net!

 

#3

Camo Chameleon Watering Can

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 3+ 

Why It’s Garden Ready: Watering with Camo Chameleon makes this chore a delight! Camo’s striped tail is the handle, and the branch he clings to is the spout of this durable, molded plastic child-sized watering can. Just add water and watch children and gardens blossom and grow!

Skills in Bloom: Helps promote gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination; encourages kids and families to explore their world together

BONUS! Countless Ways To Play: Don’t just water the garden with it—outside or in the tub, use the watering can to give yourself or a willing friend a shower!

 

#2

Giddy Buggy Shovel

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 6+

Why It’s Garden Ready: Kids will really “dig” working in the yard or garden with this bug-eyed and durable, child-sized shovel for kids. A sturdy, wide metal scoop, bright colors on the wooden shaft, and an easy-grip handle with Giddy Buggy’s eyes and antennae make gardening activities exciting and enjoyable!

Skills in Bloom: Encourages outdoor activity; helps promote gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination

 

#1

Giddy Buggy Tote Set

Melissa & Doug Top 10 Gardening Sets for Kids

Ages: 3+ 

Why It’s Garden Ready: With this kid-friendly garden tote, complete with tools, getting help in the garden just got easier! The sturdy plastic trowel and cultivator are just right for little helpers, and are easy to keep organized in this durable and brightly colored fabric tote with woven handles. An included spray bottle helps keep plants watered and little gardeners cool! Use it inside for pretend play or outside when kids want to do some digging.

Skills in Bloom: Encourages imaginative play, outdoor exploration, and develops gross and fine motor skills.

BONUS! Countless Ways To Play: Fill up the spray bottle with water. Pick a target outside and try to hit it with a stream of water!

 

Check out these other great gardening-related reads from our blog:

Sensory Benefits Of Gardening With Kids

Gardening And Sensory Development

Gardening With Kids: Kid-Made Plant Markers

A Garden Exploration Table

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