by Christina Cook
As spring approaches and the weather warms, kids will be buzzing with excitement to get outside, and a garden is the perfect place to play. Here are a few tools to help them get started.
1. Western Chief rain boots are perfect for tromping around in the mud or digging in the garden. $30, westernchief.com.
2. A bug catcher lets curious kids get a closer look at tiny garden dwellers. We like the reCAP Kids Explore bug catcher ($10, masonjars.com) and World of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar critter keeper
($10, amazon.com), which both have a magnifier.
3. The World of Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar tin pail is perfect for lugging dirt around the garden. $9, amazon.com.
4. Gardening is fun, but it can be educational too! For creative ways to inspire learning, check out The Garden Classroom: Hands-On Activities in Math, Science, Literacy and Art by Cathy James. $19. The Shop at the Gardens, botanicgardens.org.
5. Kids can lend a hand in the garden with their very own set of large garden tools. Set includes shovel, rake, hoe, and gloves. $65. The Shop at the Gardens, botanicgardens.org.