The 10 Best Kits + Tools to Get Kids Hooked on Gardening

Foster an interest in both indoor and outdoor gardening with these educational hands-on kits and kid-sized tools.

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July 07, 2020

Whether you're eager to work with your kids to create a garden plot in the backyard filled with vegetables or plant a small indoor herb garden on the kitchen table, there are lots of ways to help foster a lifelong love of gardening in your children. From pint-sized garden tools made for digging in the dirt to eye-catching terrariums designed to stay inside, we've compiled the essentials you need to get kids started with gardening.

$45.99

This kid-sized metal wheelbarrow is just right for backyard planting projects of all sizes. Little ones will love hauling around soil, mulch and gardening tools in this sturdy wheelbarrow. Easy-grip handles and a chunky front wheel makes it easy for kids to push, pull and dump the wheelbarrow as they help lead family garden projects. Kids can use this wheelbarrow in every season too, carrying sand and soil in summer, then snow in winter. It's also a fun way to get kids moving outside.

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$19.98

Kids can grow a fragrant herb garden right on the kitchen windowsill. This colorful garden-in-a-can set is a snap for little ones to use. The set includes small cans for planting three common kitchen herbs, including basil, cilantro and mint. Kids add soil and seeds to each can, water them well, then find a sunny spot to watch them grow. As a bonus, the kit comes with a coloring book, as well as a kid-sized booklet that explains how to use each of the herbs.

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$33.95

Gardeners-in-training will be elated to have their very own set of tools, including a colorful trowel, spade, gardening gloves and spray bottle. Just right for little hands, this durable gardening set comes with a kid-sized apron with extra-large front pockets, allowing little ones to keep tools close at hand. There's even a bucket hat to protect sensitive eyes and faces from the sun's rays. A starter toolset is a great way to grow their love of gardening and the environment.

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$24.99 $15
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Kids will love being able to garden and grow plants inside a terrarium. This bedside terrarium not only allows children their first experience with nurturing plant life, but it also makes a perfect nightlight thanks to the built-in LED light. This kit has everything your kids will need to create their first indoor garden, including a clear 4" x 6" jar, a light-up lid, soil, sand and rocks, plus chia and wheatgrass seeds. Inside you'll also find colorful stickers, so kids can decorate the outside of the terrarium.

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$25.99 $20
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Nature-loving children will be enchanted (naturally) by this colorful fairy garden craft kit. This hands-on kit allows children to paint and personalize the potting dish, whimsical fairy house and miniature toadstools. Colorful gemstones, flowers and glitter give the fairy garden even more sparkle and pizzazz. Like magic, seeds begin to sprout within two to four days of planting them in the soil. This fun STEAM-based activity mixes science with art, allowing kids to care for plant life and add personality to their own delightful indoor garden.

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Crafty kids will love decorating these papier-mâché pots with colorful foam ladybugs, frogs, flowers, bumblebees and lily pads. Each kit includes three garden pots ready to be lovingly decorated by children of all ages. Once finished, fill pots with soil and plant colorful flowers (soil and seed packets not included). The newly decorated garden pots and springtime blooms will make the perfect addition to any sunny windowsill.

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$26.99

For those eager to take the gardening fun outside, this children's garden kit offers a wonderful introduction to growing and nurturing organic vegetables. The kit includes seeds for easy-to-grow organic vegetables, such as carrots, tomatoes, snap peas and cucumbers. Inside the box, you'll also find easy-to-understand care instructions, which are just right for first-time gardeners. Planting diagrams and spacing tips let kids know where to place their seeds and how far apart to bury each type of seed for maximum success.

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$23.99

If your child loves all things zombies, they'll love this DIY terrarium kit that grows flowers that look like brains and eyeballs. The kit includes a terrarium stand, four plant seeds and zombie-themed stakes. All your kids have to do is plant the seeds and add water to watch their creepy garden grow.

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$45.60

Get your kids excited to eat their veggies with this indoor garden kit. The clear viewing window allows kids to watch how the veggies grow in soil. The kit comes with seeds for three root vegetables: radishes, carrots and onions.

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$22

Your kids will love homemade pizza night even more with this garden kit that comes with everything you need to take your pizza-making skills to the next level. Kids can plant seeds for basil, oregano, tomatoes and peppers in the round tray provided and move the plants over to bigger containers as the plants grow.

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