Pride of ownership is a plus for children, as is learning to care for tools, Neier said.
But, children can quickly outgrow child-sized rakes, hoes, and shovels, she warned. Some for-kids tools may not live up to quality expectations, either.
"Hand tools and child-sized gloves may be the better buys. Start slowly, selecting just one or two items that the child can call his or her own," Neier said. "But, keep safety in mind. For example, a small trowel can be less hazardous than a sharp-pointed dandelion weeder or hand rake."
More information about Kansas´ Junior Master Gardener Program is available at any local K-State Research and Extension office, as well as on Kansas 4-H Web site: www.kansas4h.org (click on "Programs" and choose "Junior Master Gardeners").
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