One of the ways to encourage kids to eat their vegetables and try new food is for them to grow it themselves and then cooking and baking with those home grown delicacies. This year we are cooking our way through the alphabet but we’re also growing our own food to make some delicious recipes as well. Making sure that some of the flowers and vegetables that you grow with the kids are quick growing is a great way to start them off gardening but they will become easily frustrated if when gardening they can’t do what they want to as their tools and equipment aren’t up to job.
Gardening with Kids – equipping your green fingered kids
Luckily there are companies that are now making good quality gardening equipment for kids and we’re sharing some of our favourites today. Last year I spent a lot of time looking into what was best as T had asked for her own gardening equipment for her birthday and here’s some of the equipment that we brought.
If you have a reasonable size garden and like us do use a wheelbarrow then the kids will want one two – you could get a cheap plastic one but from experience I can tell you that they quickly fall apart and the kids get frustrated – a good quality metal one is excellent and will let them really help you in the garden as well. We love the Radio Flyer Wheelbarrow [affiliate link] with the wooden handles or our UK brought Viking Children’s Wheel Barrow [affiliate link].
Hopefully they won’t be picking up thorns but as they weed around their newly planted seedlings there is a chance that they may encounter a plant that may irritate the skin so gardening gloves are a great idea – there are options for blue and green gardening gloves [affiliate link] and for pink and green gardening gloves [affiliate link].
Sandpit tools just don’t cut it when it comes to real gardening – I know this from trial and error with the kids, instead they need some proper tools, both long reach for digging over soil and hoeing in between the rows like these Kids Garden Tool Set [affiliate link] and a garden broom [affiliate link] to get them into the habit of clearing up as well. For planting seeds and plants out hand tools [affiliate link] that come with a carry tote are fantastic but make sure that they are made from metal – plastic tools will not go throw dried soil easily and when they hit as stone have been known to break.
No gardener is complete with out their watering can – yes you can get cute plastic ones with fun creatures on, which are ideal for play but when you could be using some plant food in the can you want something that will work a child sized metal Watering Can [affiliate link] is best – easy for them to hold and carry when filled with water.
Check out our recommendations for Quick Plants to Grow with Kids for suggestions you can go and find easily in the garden centre – however sometimes we love the ease of someone else doing that bit for us and Grow and Make have put together a Kids seeds starter set [affiliate link] for you – with 30 seeds, a counter top greenhouse and full instructions it’s the perfect way to start your little green fingered kids off.