Kids love to garden and play in the dirt. There are so many wonderful gardening kits and child-sized garden tools that they feel right at home in the garden with Mom and Dad. Here are 10 gardening gifts that you can enjoy along with your kids.
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01 of 10Got a child who likes to explore and look at things up close. This little kit comes with a magnifying glass, cutting tools, specimen boxes, and a flower press. Now they can go out in the garden and get to know the plants one at a time.
02 of 10The advantages of child garden labor aside, kids love to haul things (and each other) around the yard and this wagon is tough enough to stand up to the abuse. It's big enough to hold things, but small enough for them to maneuver. Handles are made of wood. The 7 in. tire is molded black plastic. The steel bucket dimensions are 20 in. (L) x 16 in. (w) x 4 in. (h) and it has no scratch edges, for safety.
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If your family likes board games every age can enjoy, I'd recommend The Garden Game. It's a little like playing SimGarden; there are seeds to plant, plants to feed and water, bad weather, natural disasters and hopefully, harvest festivals. The game takes players through the seasons of a garden. The player who grows the largest garden and saves the most seeds wins. If nothing else, they'll never look at their vegetables the same way again. Ages 6 and up, 2-6 players.
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I want this. This clever little set-up gives kids a window on how roots - or root crops - grow. It's a simple Styrofoam base with a window-fronted basin. Put in the included soil wafers and seeds, then watch and wait. It's not immediate gratification, but it sure is cool. There's also a 16-page guide full of experiments to run. Rated for ages 4 and up.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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What could be better than watching icky worms turn leftovers into compost. The WormLab can compost up to seven lbs of food scraps each week, with squiggly red wigglers and a Grow Brick to get started. You'll have to add your own garden soil and red wigglers. The kit only comes with the see-through house and colored sand (and instructions). But it's lots of fun and educational for the kids and a big bonus for your garden.
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Crafters, artists, and young gardeners all enjoy preserving flowers to last well past the growing season. This press is made of wood. It has 5 layers for holding multiple flowers and 10 sheets of re-usable blotting paper.
07 of 10We can't guarantee their plants will grow forever or even sprout at all, but a stepping stone is something they can take pride in for years and you can cherish for life. They're messy, but easy to make. You can imprint their hands, their names or any special memento.
This kit comes with7 pounds of stepping stone mix, 12 round plastic molds, a wooden paddle, writing tool, real stained glass mosaic pieces and instructions.
08 of 10I want this, too. It's the old familiar game with a botanical twist. Swap out houses and hotels and move in pots and greenhouses. Just watch out for insect infestations, weeds and drought. Who knew it could be so much fun? It's a great game for learning what goes into maintaining a garden and it's something you'll enjoy playing with them.
And for those of you who dread an endless game of whichever-opoly, Rest easy. There's a 1 hour version. Recommended for ages 8 and up.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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It's hard to keep kids interested long enough for plants to sprout. This domed terrarium helps to speed things up. Planting something they get to eat, like fast growing herbs helps, too. Indoor herbs can be temperamental, but they should get enough sprouts to tickle their tongues and they'll learn the sense of accomplishment and wonder from watching plants sprout and grow.
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Child labor is good for the garden and good for the kids, too. What kid doesn't enjoy a chance to play in the dirt? These child-size tools have sturdy wooden handles and metal heads, so they won't break with a little rough use. They will hurt, if the kids use them for dueling, so adult supervision is advised. But that's half the fun of kids gardening - working with them in the garden.