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Children today have so many various activities and past times at their fingertips. The digital revolution has meant that the whole world can be accessed from our bedrooms. Video games and social media have completely changed the way kids spend their spare time with more traditional past times taking a back seat.
Outside pursuits such as gardening or playing in the woods is now more than ever a rarity at best. One of the biggest problems we have today with children is obesity and mental health.
Unfortunately their is growing evidence to support the theory that digital forms of entertainment are directly facilitating these problems. Children today are dramatically less active than they were 30 years ago which is having an impact on their health and well being.
On the other hand it has been shown that spending more time in natural environments and gardening can boost mental and physical health. Gardening activities such as growing vegetables has an extremely beneficial and environmental educational narrative. The hypothesis is simple gardening is good for you and your children and should be encouraged from an early age.
The best way to start is to obtain some great gardening gifts for kids. These can be gifts which encourage the growing of seeds or a set of gardening tools. These cool gardening gadgets can be the first steps to getting your kids out and enjoying the garden this summer. Hence we have put together some excellent gardening gifts for kids your family will love.
1. Funky veg kit
Some of the best gardening gifts for kids are those which get them interested in growing vegetables. From sowing a humble seed to harvest can be such an exciting and interesting phenomena for young minds.
Growing unusual vegetables can also help them to try healthy food as they will naturally want to taste the fruits of their labour. This funky veg kit contains some very unusual and even whacky looking vegetables which will become a novelty in the garden.
The funky vegetable growing kit is the perfect way to get your children interested in gardening.
2. Grow your own pizza garden
Who doesn't like pizza? Well as most children love pizza I am sure that they will consequently love growing their own pizza making ingredients. This fabulous gardening gift set allows you to grow tomatoes and herbs to make the perfect pizza.
Not only will this gardening gift get your kids inspired to start growing it will also make them want to make their very own pizza from their freshly grown ingredients. This pack comes with seeds and growing tips so you have everything you need to get started.
3. Pull along gardening tool set
When kids start gardening the shear amount of new activities can be exciting but also overwhelming. Keeping young minds focused on the job at hand can be challenging at the best of times.
With so many jobs to do it makes sense to have as many gardening tools to hand as possible. This is easier said than done but this pull along gardening tool set is perfect for junior gardeners.
With this they can take all their gardening equipment anywhere they desire making projects quicker and easier every time.
4. Catapiller grow set
This caterpillar grow set teaches children everything they need to know about germinating and growing plants. The set comes with various vegetable seeds making for a perfect introduction into growing vegetables.
Not only does this gardening gift for kids stimulate activities in line with the national curriculum it also will have a positive benefit on their well being.
Research has shown that the process of nurturing and caring for young plants evokes a sense of responsibility and enhances a positive mood. This caterpillar grow set makes for a great gardening present for younger children in particular.
5. Seed sack grow set
One of the most exciting things about growing fruits and vegetables is there is simply so many to choose from. Not only that there are varieties you can grow from seed you will never locate inside a store.
This makes growing vegetables such a journey of discovery. A journey which is even more intriguing and beneficial to young minds.
The best gardening gifts for kids are the ones which capitalise on the exciting variety which is on offer to them. This vegetable growing seed sack contains many varieties to try out in the garden kids will love.
6. Flamingo watering can
Once kids have grown a passion for gardening there is little to stop their new found hobby. Although today we have so many digital forms of entertainment there is nothing better for our children's health than to be outside in the fresh air being physically active.
As their enthusiasm for growing plants from seed flourishes they will need to learn that after care and watering is also very important. Watering can be the difference between success and failure especially growing in pots or during warm summers.
This bright and loud pink Flamingo watering can will make watering not only continuous but lots of fun.
7. Outdoor explorer kit
Unfortunately today young people spend less time outdoors and simply just do not know what fantastic natural wonders are right on their doorstep.
All sorts of specimen plants and fascinating wildlife is there just waiting to be discovered! Many local and urban species have taken many millions of years to evolve into what they are today and are ready to be explored by young minds.
The outdoor explorer kit is a fantastic gift for kids giving them the tools they need to scientifically observe and learn about the natural world wether its in the garden or out in the wilderness.
8. Grow your own monkey puzzle tree
When getting kids interested in gardening the more exotic and interesting the better. Nothing can be more fun and exciting that the prospect of growing a monkey puzzle tree.
This wonder of nature can grow up to 50 metres and live for over a thousand years! It has very interesting large, prickly and shiny foliage which makes it a novelty growing specimen for kits.
This grow your own monkey puzzle tree kit is perfect for beginner gardeners and a perfect gardening gift for kids whatever their age group.
9. Grow your own terrarium
A terrarium is a unique growing environment created by an enclosed transparent, dome or tank. Terrariums can also be open at the top but ultimately allow you to create your own optimal biosphere for specific plants to thrive.
The small greenhouse type bowls allow heat to enter and humidity to be retained. This creates a miniature hydraulic cycle within the terrarium mimicking what happens within the natural world.
These cool gardening gifts can become like miniature tropical rainforests providing much interest especially for children. Growing your own terrarium can be extremely educational acting as a microcosm of the natural world.
10. Kids gardening gloves
It has long been said that touching and working the soil in your hands is a spiritual experience. Working with the soil is something which defies the human species and enabled us to evolve from hunter gatherers to settled farmers.
Many today say that the younger generations do not like to get their hands dirty but a love for gardening will soon change that!
On the whole getting your hands dirty is not a bad thing but many hours of gardening can leave young hands tired and sore.
A great gardening gift for kids therefore should be some suitable hand protection. These kids gardening gloves are great for all kinds of gardening projects both large and small.
11. Little gardener tool set
Gardening has so many varying activities and projects to be carried out and experimented with.
To those who are new to gardening therefore it can be surprising just how many tools gardeners need to carry out daily tasks. The best gardening gifts for kids provide them with the tools they need to be the best gardeners they can be.
This little gardener tool set gives them the general basic hand tools to start growing plants and working the soil. The tool set makes a great gardening gift for a birthday, Christmas or any special occasion.
12. Grow your own bonsai tree
One of the reasons gardening activities are so beneficial to children is it requires an amount of progressive care through continuous observation and monitoring.
With gardening there is no guaranteed outcome so it guarantees the development of experimentation and skill. One of the ultimate examples of this and best gardening gifts for kids is a grow your own bonsai tree kit.
This kit allows kids to germinate tree species perfect for bonsai and includes all the equipment and information to grow them into an awesome bonsai tree.
13. Bee seedball kit
Children have a infinite fascination with the natural world and a love of exploration. It is this love of our natural planet which has meant young people are the sole driving force behind the environmental movements of modern times. In the last thirty years we have seen a dramatic decline in all sorts of species large an small.
This has ranged from large predators from far away lands to bees in our gardens. Gardening gifts for kids which actually encourage these now rare species is a good thing for the planet.
These butterfly seed balls are a fun way to grow plants and flowers which will provide food for beneficial butterflies and bees.
14. Electric propagator
One of the most fascinating parts of gardening for kids is watching a humble seed sprout into a young plant.
This miracle of the nature never ceases to amaze young minds and will spark enthusiasm for the natural world like nothing else. What is especially great about germination is it teaches responsibility exercising the attributes needed for care and nurturing.
This makes germination a fantastic educational tool for children which needs encouragement. This electric seed propagator makes a great gardening gift for kids giving them the perfect environment to sprout and grow young plants.
15. Hanging flower pots
When children first start gardening it is important to progress slowly. If too much is taken on at once the constant care, watering and weeding can become overwhelming.
Also not every child has the benefit of a large garden to start off young plants. This means the best way to start for kids is to start growing plants in pots.
This allows them to focus in one area and master individual plants at a time. These hanging flower pots make a great gardening gift not only providing colourful bite size growing areas but giving the opportunity to grow vertically.
These hanging pots are effective if your children have a big garden or an urban balcony.
16. Paper pot maker
For kids there is nothing quite like making things in the garden. This paper pot maker not only inspires children to be more resourceful it also helps them to take care of the environment.
With plastic use at an all time high this cool garden gadget allows children to make their own pots which decompose back into the soil.
Plastic pots are by far the most common type of plastic in our gardens which can end up in landfill and pollute the environment. Curling the paper around the wood and twisting the bottom is actually very rewarding and even fun.
17. Grow your own mushrooms set
Mushrooms are a tasty treat at any time of day and can be made into a wide variety of dishes to suit all tastes. One problem parents face today is getting children to eat more healthy fruits and vegetables.
Mushrooms have been shown to be rich in vitamins and minerals and can actually be easily grown at home. Kids tend to eat more healthy food if they have grown it themselves. This cool mushroom growing kit is so easy to set up.
After watering within a matter of weeks they will be amazed and rewarded by tasty mushrooms! These are perfect if you also want your children to start an interest in cooking too!
18. Kids gardening wheelbarrow
When kids are first starting out gardening there is much adventure and experimentation. After a while though general messing about turns into serious projects with more of a purpose.
It is this focused effort which makes gardening such a constructive activity for children. They may decide they like growing a specific plant or identify a part of the garden they wish to change or develop.
One thing kids learn during these exercises is there is never enough hands or need to move things about when gardening. This means any gardening gifts for kids which make moving things about is a good idea.
This gardening wheelbarrow for kids is perfect to facilitate their gardening adventures what ever form they may take.
19. Rolling compost maker
Producing compost from waste garden material is a great way to recycle garden matter and fertilise the garden naturally.
Traditionally compost heaps have been just a heap of dead material left in a heap at the bottom of the yard. The only problem with this is it is not the best way to produce good compost. Effective compost production relies on good oxygen content and a reasonable level of moisture.
This has meant that gardeners would usually spend hours every year turning there heap usually with a garden folk. This can be extremely physically challenging for an adult let alone a young child. Nonetheless composting is very beneficial and educational for young gardeners.
This makes this rolling compost maker one of the best gardening gifts for kids. Instead of turning the compost by hand this gardening gadget allows them to roll their way around the garden making perfect compost in the process.
Wormeries are an amazing way to break down waste garden matter and produce amazing garden fertiliser at the same time.
The process involves an approach similar to composting but with no turning and allowing worms to break down the material for you. As the worms eat through organic material they produce a manure extremely rich in nitrogen perfect for feeding plants.
Not only is a wormery an effective way of breaking down waste it is also fun and educational for kids. It is fun to watch the worms pull vegetation down into the composting material and exposes kids to the ecological biodiversity of the soil.
Worm farming can turn into an extremely exciting hobby as well as feeding the garden at the same time.
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Paul Nicolaides is a Landscape architect and garden builder with over 30 years experience in designing, building and maintaining gardens. Contemplating just how important garden space is for nature and recreation he created 'Cool Garden Gadgets' to explore the best gadgets for enhancing outside spaces. From outdoor dining ideas to the latest garden technology we break it down for you here.