Nurturing little ones and setting them up with hobbies
for life, has never been more important. With our lives increasingly taken over by screens, it's vital we get our children to love the great outdoors, even if it is from the comfort of our own gardens
You’d be surprised at how much a bit of fresh air and sunshine can work wonders for your child. With so much to learn and explore, gardening
offers the opportunities to create new life, understand the seasons and find insects.
Truly an all-around sensory experience for your children, gardening has so many fun and interesting possibilities that will teach your little one invaluable life lessons.
Here are just a few benefits of gardening with children
What child doesn’t love getting messy with dirt and water? Looking for bugs, digging holes and planting seeds, there's fun to be had in the garden. On top of all the messiness, kids love playing grown-ups, and gardening just like they’ve seen mum or dad do, will get them excited to play pretend.
Gardening is great for both the mind and body. Physically, playing outdoors has a multitude of benefits, as kids are running and digging, they’re burning off a lot of their energy. Mentally, gardening is just as therapeutic for little ones as it is for us, great for relieving stress and with that extra time spent in the sun, your tot's mood will be at an all-time high.
Gardening works all five senses: sight, touch, taste, smell, and sound, helping children develop them all, without even realising. Gardening is great for working on hand-eye coordination, too, and through all the digging, watering, and lifting, your child is learning to focus their concentration and become more aware of their surroundings as they explore.
How Mother&Baby selected the best kids’ gardening sets
All of these fun kids' gardening sets have been hand-selected by Mother&Baby shopping experts. Our team has spent hours investigating and researching, so you can choose the best one. Plus, we'd never recommend a product we don't believe in. Find out why you should trust us here.
The best kids' gardening sets 2021
This miniature gardening cottage will allow your little one to get their hands dirty without ruining the flower beds you've worked on for months. They can create their very own little enchanted forest which will provide more than a few hours of entertainment.
Includes: A seed packet, watering can, rake, spade and shovel, seven accessories including doors, floor, table, chairs, parasol, lights, components to self-assemble gardening stations.
Review: "My little sister absolutely adores her new play garden. Very interactive and very educational in learning how to grow plants and to maintain. Comes with lights, music and smoke to add greater effect to the playset and a set of instructions. Has little figurines to pay with aswell as specified on the box. She also has another one similar to it which is a fairy garden. This was definitely a good price and an excellent buy. I recommend. Looking to purchase more as she loves to do this kind of stuff. And yes it does come with the soil I actually didn't even know it did. So overall thats good enough for me."
Best for durability
Colourful, fun and practical, this quality metal gardening set is much more durable than plastic, so they can help with even the toughest of garden jobs. Safe for kids to play, the set features no sharp metal heads and a practical tote bag, so your kids can take their tools to the garden and even the beach, for the ultimate sandcastle building.
Includes: Rake, shovel, trowel, apron, tote bag, one pair of gloves and a watering can.
Review: "I bought this set for my granddaughter for her birthday. She absolutely loves it and uses it in the garden all the time. I was very pleased with its quality. The design of the whole product is eye catching and very pleasing for a young child."
Best starter kit
The perfect introductory gardening set for your little ones, with everything you need all in one convenient gardening trolley. From plant pots to spades, getting your children to learn about gardening has never been more fun and safe.
Includes: Gardening trolley, detachable handle for tools, toy watering can, spray bottle, bucket, brush and dustpan, two assorted toy flower petals, two plant pots, two bags of seeds and soil, three detachable tool heads and four toy soil pieces.
Review: "Toddler wanted to get involved with the gardening so we bought this so that she could join in. She absolutely loves it, especially potting her own little pretend plants. Great toy."
The ultimate set for groovy gardeners, there’s nothing this set hasn’t thought of. From a plant marker to giant sunflower seeds, this Little Pals tool set includes everything an aspiring gardener would need to get them off on the right track.
Includes: Wheelbarrow, watering can, trowel, fork, plant marker, giant sunflower seeds, tool kit bag and gardening gloves.
Review: "We've recently got an allotment and I wanted some stuff so my 3 year old could get more involved. This fit the bill! She was over the moon with it! The wheelbarrow is flat pack but easy to put together, the little hand tools have wooden handles and are good quality, the watering can is metal which worries me it'll rusty but we shall see. She loves the little bag and can't wait to do her sunflower seeds. Great product."
Best customisable gardening set
Inspire any child to have fun in the garden with this perfect colourful and personalised set, bound to make them feel special. Engrave any name or message into the wood handles and make digging weeds fun!
Includes: Gardening belt, spade, fork and scoop.
Review: "Perfect Garden Set, nicely presented in the personalized bag!"
Best dino-themed gardening set
Does your kiddo love dinosaurs? If so, they'll enjoy working their green fingers with this dino-themed gardening set. The set also comes with a dinosaur activity eBook and dino handbook, so your child can learn all about their favourite pre-historic animal.
Includes: Rake, spade and shovel, gloves, dinosaur watering can and apron.
Review: "This is a really good, well-made product. My little nephew loves being outdoors in the garden, and this set was perfect for him - especially the dinosaur-shaped watering can, which was a big hit!"
Best for education
Containing actual seeds for growing, your little one can learn the fundamentals of gardening and patience as they learn to grow something from scratch. They can grow wildflowers, sunflowers, cress seeds and much more by following the simple instructions provided. Your tot will discover everything there is to know about seed germination, plant growth and how to label the different parts of a plant in this educational yet fun-filled bundle.
Includes: Five packs of wildflower, sunflower, bean, cress and pea seeds, five planting labels, five plant pots, five compost discs and five activity sheets for kids.
Review: "I very rarely leave reviews, however I felt compelled to after receiving this cute little package today! I ordered this for some home learning for my 7 year old boy. It arrived so beautifully packaged with some really personal touches and the wooden pencil is just gorgeous! Thank you so much, we are very excited to plant the seeds and (hopefully) watch them grow over time!"
Best wheelbarrow set
A wheelbarrow kit perfect for the younger kids aged three to six, this colourful set is a safe way to keep them entertained while you’re doing all the real work. With a helping hand from their watering can, the garden will be beautifully blooming in no time.
Includes: Wheelbarrow, a watering can, rake, scoop and bucket.
Review: "Although the write up for the wheelbarrow says 3-7, I bought it for my 2 year old Great Grandson. He loves it! It is bright and shiny, he has found out that he can push it along with two hands and he loves digging in Great Grandad's sand and mixing it all up with the spades and rakes. Thrilled with this purchase."
Best for copying grown-ups
Just like their parents' gardening tools, this Bosch-design garden set is perfect for getting your little ones to feel like grown-ups. Like a grown-up, they can be pulling out weeds and loading them up into their own wheelbarrow, with work gloves to keep their hands protected.
Includes: Wheelbarrow, a shovel, a rake and a pair of high-quality one-size-fits-all gardening gloves.
Review: "Daddy's little helper has had so much fun helping in the garden with her wheelbarrow and tool set. All of the items included in this set are very well made, mini-sized versions of daddy's tools. Little one loves that she can help out in the garden with digging and transporting plants. A lovely little set, which I heartily recommend."
This gardening belt features everything a little gardener needs to get involved in some serious gardening. With tools and the perfect place to store it all, it’s made for real work and perfect for digging in the dirt.
Includes: Gardening belt, spade, fork and gloves.
Review: "My son is overjoyed with this set. Perfect size for his 4yr old hands and he's enjoying gardening daily. Gloves are a bit big for him, but better too big than too small."
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