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Kids gardening tools have come a long way, babies! Technology and ergonomics have created tools which are made especially for younger minds and hands. Before you even think of having your little gardener useyour tools, consider the safety and control issues you’re dealing with.
These tools are not only smaller, but many are made to help little gardeners do things their adult “helpers” do. These aren’t toys, but in many ways, they can be as much—or even more—fun than the things in the toy box!
If you have children and work with plants, it’s natural for them to want to join in. But the shear size and weight ofyour tools makes for an accident waiting to happen. And plastic “toy tools” may be just as dangerous.
Luckily, today many Big Box retailers, hardware stores, garden nurseries and landscape retailers carry kids gardening tools made to helpchildren learn how to “go green” and garden.
And if you can teach your kids without them knowing they’re being taught, you’ve won the game.
So, how and where do you start?
As with anything, it’s best to start with a plan. Decide what you want to get done right now and how your needs can be helped by little hands. For instance, planting seeds is a multi-step process starting with soil preparation. Have the little ones go with you when you shop for planting soil, mulch mix or anything you’ll need. This allows them to actually see what goes into the garden and how it all getsto the garden.
This is also a great time to talk to someone about the tools your child might need. Remember; tools are not toys. Kids need durable tools made of the same (or similar) materials as grown up tools. Choose only a few that you’ll need for the specific task(s) you need to accomplish now and let the child know you’re buying those just for them. They won’t be stored where the toys go, though, they’ll go where your tools go.
Hopefully, you’ll have time to at least start the planned project soon after you get home, as the excitement factor is probably highest then. Start slow and take time to show the child how to safely use their new tool and get dirty if you’re working with dirt. Keep it real and you’ll be forming a life process they’ll respect you for forever!
Do this every time a new project, or another phase of the project, is planned even after you’ve purchased all the tools they need, and soon they’ll be digging, clipping, planting and harvesting all by themselves. The first time you prepare, or help them prepare, the veggies for lunch or dinner will be a celebration they’ll always remember!
To get a handle on what’s available for your child or children, search kids garden tools or garden tool sets for children using the Custom Bing Search Box on the right side of this page. Then, get out there and grow something together!.
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