Have fun, discover the great outdoors and improve their mental health with these great toys to promote gardening for children
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Everyone knows kids love to be outdoors and benefit greatly from the fresh air and activity, but it can sometimes be difficult to persuade them to leave the many attractions available around the house.
To encourage them in the garden it is wise to pay as much attention to their shower with toys and gifts for outdoor use as it is for indoor activities.
And if you can persuade them to help you with some of the gardening tasks that need to be done, not only will it help them get closer to nature, but you may soon find that you have a gardener with green fingers on your hands. .
To inspire you with what might occupy your little one in the garden, we’ve put together this list of garden toys, games and equipment designed for kids.
Plum Play Discovery Mud Pie Kitchen
It’s a good idea to give your child a dedicated space outside that they can call their own, whether it’s a little garden area, a large playhouse, or something in between.
Plum Play’s kitchen acts as an ideal focal point – it’s basically an outdoor piece of furniture with a worktop and shelves that they can use as a base for garden experiments or to study things you want to study. ‘they find on their travels.
Made from FSC certified pine, it measures 1600mm wide x 1158mm high with a depth of 703mm and features ample storage space, a built-in planter and an easy-to-clean screen on which children can paint.
Install one and it should instantly spark your child’s imagination (science lab? Art studio? Garden nursery?), While its solid construction and natural appearance will look right at home in the garden, whatever mess they might make playing with it.
Bigjigs Watering Can
Kids love to play with water, so a watering can should be at the top of everyone’s list for the garden.
There are all kinds of designs available for this simple piece of gear, many of them in vivid animal-shaped plastic colors – and while these may be suitable for young children, we’ve found that kids older people often like something that looks more like the tools mom or dad uses.
Bigjigs have the appeal of bright colors, but they are constructed along traditional lines, made of metal with a large opening for easy filling and with a long spout topped with a rose head, for regular watering like a shower. .
Treat them to one of these and they might just consider watering the plants one of their adult responsibilities, besides having fun soaking everything else in sight.
Husqvarna Toy 550XP Children’s Chainsaw
Budding arborists have an enviable choice of toy chainsaws with which to pretend to cut trees (and the fence, shed, dog, etc.). Stihl’s orange and white piece looks quite like the adult version, while Husqvarna’s effort, based on their 550XP, is bathed in even more orange.
It’s a nifty kit – turn it on and pull the cord to start it and the sound goes up like a real chainsaw, running in slow motion.
The volume increases a notch when the button is pressed to put the big plastic teeth in motion and the fun can really begin. If you stop using it, it will automatically turn off after a few seconds, preserving the batteries and restoring the parents calm.
Kent & Stowe Children’s Rake
Of all the gardening tools to stimulate your child’s interest in gardening, we will claim the rake as the best.
Raking is an easy skill to master, so they’ll enjoy moving around the ground or picking up leaves – and, unlike a spade or fork, they’re less likely to use it to dig up valuable plants.
If you want to have a green thumb for years to come, it’s worth investing in a rake that will last, like this quality tool from Kent & Stowe.
It’s a bit pricey but it has a solid wood handle, stainless steel teeth (we found that plastic teeth have a habit of breaking easily) and comes with a 15 year manufacturer warranty. It is 85cm long and, despite its sturdy construction, is light to hold and suitable for ages four and up. With a rake of this quality, you’ll want to teach your child to care and respect their tools as much as they take care of the garden.
Briers 3 Piece Tool Set
Briers make garden equipment for professionals, but they also have a wide range of products suitable for children.
This 3-piece set makes great first tools for the smallest hands in the family.
For less than ten pounds, you’ll get a hand trowel, fork, and rake, each consisting of a solid wood handle and tightly fitting metal heads.
They might be small, but they’re also perfectly functional, allowing your child to explore digging and raking in their own patch or large bin of dirt.
After use, they can be hung on hooks by their rope loops. For a few more pounds, you can get the same set with the addition of a canvas belt to keep them in place.
Frugi Explorer Wellington Boots
Find a pair of gumboots that your child likes and they’ll probably want to wear them all the time, so it’s worth investing in a decent pair that won’t damage delicate toes.
The Frugli Explorer Rubber Boots are great for walking in the garden – made from natural rubber (not PVC), they are soft enough and flexible with a high, slim fit that helps keep spills away from socks to the floor. inside.
And with colorful designs that include bugs, horses, and leopards to show off to their friends, don’t be surprised if they beg to wear them to school, too.
Fun grow pot for little buddies
If you want to show your child the magic of growing large plants from small seeds, the Little Pals Seed Kits are a good place to start. Each comes with a pot, water pan, compost cube, and animal plant marker, along with essential seeding and growing instructions.
Add water to the compost cubes so that they hydrate and expand (which is a fun job in itself) and mix them with the soil before sowing, then with a little care and patience, you will have mature plants to enjoy.
The seeds chosen are all from reliable growers and include sunflowers, tomatoes, sweetcorn and beans, the latter inevitably labeled “Jack’s Beanstalk,” with a turtle as a marker.
We think this is an especially good choice if you are having trouble getting your child to eat their greens – seeing the process from sowing to eating might be all the encouragement they need.
Large Qwikfold slide
As for the playground classics for your garden, we will take the slide on the swings. It’s more portable, safer, and less likely to get excited when you watch your child play.
The Qwikfold Big Slide is a sturdy piece of plastic with a wide base that is difficult for a child to move, and with rounded edges, wide steps and raised edges up to the 5ft 5in closure, it is as secure as possible.
It’s easy to assemble and you can fold it up for storage in your garage or put it in the trunk of the car when you pack the clip at granny for the weekend.
Little Tikes Wheelbarrow and Shovel Set
Little Tikes also took the “look like the grown-up” approach with their wheelbarrow and shovel set (albeit with a cheerful pink worm imprinted on the wheelbarrow and bugs on the shovel head).
The shovel has a long wooden handle and a sharp metal head, which makes it easier for children to grow bigger than a flat-head shovel, and the wheelbarrow has plastic handles and a wheel attached to the metal body. It also comes with a gardening tip book and they even encourage you to convert the packing box to a planter.
You’ll need to do some minor assembly tasks for the wheelbarrow (grab a Phillips screwdriver and wrenches before you start), but you’ll be up and running in no time.
Both items are well constructed and should withstand rigorous gardening chores – if it was a bit taller you would probably want to borrow it yourself.
Janod My first bowling
Bowling is the kind of game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages in almost any type of outdoor space.
These handcrafted Janod bowling pins have added appeal with six cute animal designs with felt ears (and antlers for a rather cheerful reindeer).
The wooden pins are 17.7cm high and are heavy enough to withstand moderate wind, while the two wooden balls are small enough for a three-year-old’s hands to grab, aim and throw.
And when not scattered, the pins are cheerful enough that you might want to display them inside.