The 12 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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April 28, 2021

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.

$19.99

Grow their love of gardening and the environment with this 10-piece gardening set. They'll be able to easily tote their hand spade, shovel, rake and watering can around in the canvas bag. Stakes marked with herb and veggie names help kids keep track of their plantings.

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When starting a new project with kids, keep it simple — for you and the kids. This kit makes the whole process foolproof with seed packets, seed-growing peat pellets and a grow tray with a fitted dome. The included guide walks you through it step-by-step.

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$39.97

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. 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.

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In addition to teaching your kids about how plants grow, show them how to use the fruits of their labors in the kitchen. This adorable set has everything you need for planting three different herbs, as well as recipes to try out with your kids when the herbs are ready to harvest.

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$14.95

Known for their fun and educational subscription boxes, KiwiCo also offers one-off buys for individual projects. Grow green beans and squash right on your windows with these see-through window boxes. The design allows kids to experience each budding moment of their sprouts.

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$29.99

Let their creativity shine! In addition to planting an arrangement of marigolds, cosmos and zinnias, your kids get to put their personal stamp on the galvanized planter. Use the included paints and brushes to create a colorful masterpiece.

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Best for the south and southwest regions of the U.S., these tree kits are a great way to get kids interested in our oxygen-making friends. Seeds will sprout in 10 to 24 days, and the trees take years to grow. Photo-loving parents, take a picture of your kid beside their growing tree each year for a memorable way to see your little ones' change over time.

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No dirt needed for this garden — just add water. Lay the layer of volcanic gravel on the bottom of the terrarium, and sprinkle the tropical plant seeds throughout to create a soothing waterscape. Bright green blooms bring life and artistry to your kiddo's room.

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$5.99

Help your kiddos learn about how food goes from seed to fruit with this guaranteed-to-grow kit. The Latino-owned company walks you through step-by-step how to grow a jumbo watermelon with organic seeds and soil, as well as a compostable and plantable pot.

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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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$19.97

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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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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