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Experiencing time in the great outdoors has so many benefits for kids.
From encouraging children to be active right through to benefiting their motor skills, gardening is a fabulous activity all-round. Getting mud under your fingernails by helping out in the garden is also a marvellous way of learning about the responsibility and role that humans have in maintaining natural ecosystems, a lesson that we believe is pretty important!
Let's be honest, a kids' wheelbarrow is a vital tool for helping all green-fingered kids get cracking in the garden, and we've summarised the top 10 kids wheelbarrows with which your kids can get gardening. There is no standard size wheelbarrow, some hold two cubic feet, while large ones can hold up to six cubic feet. When looking for kids, you probably want to focus on the lower end of this scale.
Don't forget to also check out our list of the best garden toys, too, so that kids can enjoy playing in the garden after all their hard work. We've also got the best walking boots listed, so that you can be sure your kids have the best support whilst they're getting mucky in the soil. Happy gardening!
Our Top Choice
Maxmass Kids Wheelbarrow
Fun but still functional, this lightweight wheelbarrow is a perfect tool to encourage kids to let their imaginations run wild. The wheel is sturdy and reliable, as is the plastic bucket, which can take a load of 15kg (that's a whole lot of nettles and brambles!). Anti-slip grips ensure no slippage. A nigh-perfect small wheelbarrow for kids.
- Price: £28.95
- Ages: 2.5 years old+
Best Kids' Wheelbarrow For Families On A Budget
DeAO Kids Wheelbarrow Gardening And Seaside Beach Play Set
Great for the garden, but also for the beach, this is a super bright set. There are two fun moulds and a bucket for sand castle designs or mud palaces, whatever floats your child's boat, along with a shovel and rake, watering can and water mill. This is an ideal toy wheelbarrow for getting splashy in the summer, and also fab for encouraging creativity and exploration.
- Price: £15.99
- Age: 3 years+
Best Mini Wheelbarrow For Early Years
Early Learning Centre Wheelbarrow Set
It's time for toddlers to get flexing their green fingers with this kids' wheelbarrow set. The wheelbarrow itself has two handles and a single wheel (all plastic), but also comes with a watering can, rake, scoop, and bucket, so tiny tots can emulate their parents and start to learn the basics of horticulture. Perfect for a three-year-old, but also for anyone up to the age of eight.
- Price: £17
- Ages: 3 - 8
Best Classic Metal Wheelbarrow
Rolly Toys Metal Wheelbarrow With Double Wheel
You'd be hard-pressed to go wrong with a metal kid’s wheelbarrow, and this one will help children get on in the garden with no issues. The double wheel makes manoeuvring super easy, even when the bucket is heavily loaded, thus ensuring extra stability. Plastic handles are easily gripped by small hands but still comfortable, and the metal bowl is super sturdy. The red back frame also allows for the wheelbarrow to rest evenly on the ground, which is great for younger kids who need to take a quick break from pushing.
- Price: £47
- Ages: 2 years+
Best Heavy Duty Kids' Wheelbarrow
Dino Children's Heavy Duty Wheelbarrow
Have you got kids who are a little older and looking to get into the garden for some hands on action? This option is for them. The wheelbarrow is made from a strong, UV-resistant polymer body, so is super sturdy, with pneumatic tyres for extra grip, and a tube steel frame. It's another of the German-engineered wheelbarrows, so you know that it is high quality and built to last.
- Price: £85.79
- Ages: We recommend from 4 years+
Best Bright Kids' Wheelbarrow
Little Roots Kids Wheelbarrow Gardening Toy
A simple, but nonetheless suitable tool for getting down with the muck in the garden. This wheelbarrow is self-assembled, so is a great way to introduce kids to DIY and following instructions, with easy-to-hold rubber hand grips that are specifically designed for children. It's a durable metal construction made brighter thanks to its zingy lime colour, and is suitable even for toddlers to begin their gardening adventures.
- Price: £19.99
- Ages: 3 years+
Best Personalised Wooden Children's Wheelbarrow For Early Years
My 1st Years Personalised Tenderleaf Wheelbarrow Set
Now this kids' wheelbarrow is something special. Made from wood, it's robust and easily wiped clean. It'll help develop creativity and motor skills in young gardeners, who can explore the wheelbarrow and its various components. We love the details of these parts: there are secateurs designed in the shape of a bird, three 'seed' packets, three flower pots complete with a sunflower, carrot, and tomato plant, and a trowel. There's also a little wooden snail, too, to complete the growing pack. Best of all, this wheelbarrow can be personalised with the little gardener's name for a truly special gift, on both the right and left side. Brilliant!
- Price: £65
- Ages: 3 years+
Best Wooden Child's Wheelbarrow For Early Years
Lullabuy Wooden Wheelbarrow Toy
It's an investment for sure, but this kids' wheelbarrow is German made, so you can rest assured that it's extremely high quality. The main body is made of birch plywood and steel, so it's incredibly durable but also sleek, with a minimalist aesthetic. We love that there's a red lever in the main bucket, which your child can pull in order to unload the wheelbarrow's contents, whether that be sand, weeds, or toys. It comes fully assembled too, so no grappling with instructions for you. It's one of the best kids' wheelbarrows for longevity, design, durability and eco-consciousness.
- Price: £164
- Ages: 3 years+
Best Personalised Kids' Wheelbarrow
Harmony At Home Personalised Wheelbarrow And Wooden Gardening Set
Looking for a personalised wheelbarrow set for slightly older kids? This eco-conscious set for slightly older growers will help them develop their skills in the garden. It comes complete with a 10 litre wheelbarrow, cotton gardening gloves, a spade, and a rake, both of which can be personalised with a child's name for an extra special touch. The supplier will also gift wrap it for you, should you choose, making this a great present option for a green fingered child.
- Price: £59.90
- Ages: 3 years+
Best Garden Wheelbarrow For Kids
Robert Dyas Kid’s Wheelbarrow
This kids' metal wheelbarrow will do the job nicely. The plastic bucket holds up to 15kg, the large front wheel and study metal frame are reliable, and the non-slip rubber hand grips will ensure your kids can keep hold of the tool even in the coldest and slippiest conditions. Self-assembly is required, but full instructions and fittings are included. The bright but traditional colours will mean it appeals to kids, whilst still having that 'grown up' look that kids so often long for.
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- Price: £29.99
- Ages: 2.5 years+
Alice grew up in London where she's now based, but she's happiest by the sea, or reading somewhere snuggled up with her 5 dogs. She has two younger sisters who keep her on her toes, and is passionate about all things art, literature, and culture - she's written a short collection of poems and continues to edit scripts for theatre, tv, and film on a freelance basis.