UCB Parents Recommendations
Where to Buy Child-sized Tools
Advice and recommendations from the UCB Parents mailing list.
This page is brought to you by
UC Berkeley Parents Network
Back to What to Buy & Where to Buy It
We are looking for child-size, real (wood/metal) garden tools (or other
tools) for our toddler. Any suggestions on where to find them, new or used?
I got my son his garden tools at Hearth Song a few years ago. I think there
some at OSH too
Try Montessori: The Joyful Child Catalog from birth to three.
They have a real wheelbarrow (30.00), a 3 piece garden tool set: trowel,
shovel and 3 prong child safe rake all with wood handles and metal digging
parts (14.50). They also have other good child sized stuff. the catalog is
5.00 and includes some interesting montessori philosophy as well ( and while
I like components of the montessori programs, I'm not a huge fan. )
The Michael Olaf Company
Post Office Box 1162
Arcata, Ca 95518
Montessori Services 877-975-3003 has great tools for woodworking and
gardening. Our preschool uses then and they are quite impressive and
I posted the question about garden tools and got a few responses. Among them
was a recommendation for the Michael Olaf Company. Here's their updated
They sell a set of three short-handle tools for $14.50, as well as
long-handle tools for about $11.
Smith & Hawkins told me they have a set of about seven short-handle garden
tools for $14.
I have seen Brio children's garden tools at Rockridge Kids, although the
age on the package (I know, I know, they are very conservative) is
something like 5+. But they are real wood and metal, and appear to be
The opinions and statements expressed on this page
are those of parents who belong to the
UC Berkeley Parents Network and
should not be taken as a position of or endorsement by the
University of California, Berkeley.