Best Kid Watering Can Set
The style and functionality of the Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can makes this product a winner. It is lightweight, the loop handle is comfortable for little hands to hold and carry, and the blossom rosette head is a lovely touch. We find this watering can to be the Goldilocks regarding capacity - not too big, not too small, but just right. Plus, the fill hole is adequate and accessible for kids to refill.
The rosette end creates a gentle shower effect, ideal for delicate seedlings. Although it may not be precise enough when targeting only the roots of plants. We recommend this watering can to family and friends looking to shower flowers with water, and we think your beginner gardener will be perfectly equipped for the job.
Little plant caretakers will smile using the adorable Cado Elephant Watering Can. This can is inexpensive yet durable, and it will last years assuming it is not sitting in direct sunlight. The long, slender trunk is best for precision watering, such as roots of plants, or hard-to-reach places.
The trunk spout may not be suitable for certain watering jobs like showering plants outside. However, if your objective is to inspire and encourage your child's participation with plant care, indoors, or outdoors, despite its stream-like water flow, then we recommend this elephant for your family.
The Green Toys Watering Can is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and is ready to join your child in the garden or at the beach. This sturdy and durable watering can has a rosette sprinkler end, along with a cotton rope carrying handle. Plus, the set includes a rake and shovel for additional outdoor fun.
With gardening and outside play comes dirt, and we worry the cotton rope handle will show dirt over time, plus it is not easy to wash. However, this may not be a deal-breaker as well-loved toys typically show wear and tear. With that said, we feel this watering is high-quality, and recommend this option to eco-minded families who appreciate the watering can plus hand tools.
If you are searching for a watering can, and appreciate a toolset for your beginner gardener, the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can is the way to go. This set includes a metal watering can (a perk for those folks that prefer to avoid plastic), along with gloves, a shovel, fork, rake, plus a tote bag to carry and store the tools. We appreciate the rosette sprinkler head for its gentle shower, and overall, think this set will be an inspiration for any little gardening enthusiast.
The watering can is on the smaller side, and although it features a pouring handle, it does not offer a carry handle. We do not view this as a deal-breaker because its size is not suitable for big watering projects anyway, and our little tester was able to carry it easily. We recommend this product to any family who appreciates having a beginner gardener toolset that includes a watering can for their child. We are confident it will spark your child's interest and a "green thumb."
The bright and small Gowi Watering Can is best for a pint-sized, rookie gardener who wants to water and tend to a few plants or enjoy water play. It is lightweight, features a decent fill-hole size, sprinkler rosette head, plus an easy to grasp handle.
Considering its small capacity, this can is not fitting for older kiddos or big watering projects as multiple trips to the hose is an annoyance. However, if you are after a smaller watering can for your young toddler, then we recommend this product.
The creative and lovable Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can is perfect for a reptile fan or kids who love the Disney movie Tangled. The plastic feels sturdy, high-quality, and the can holds enough water to get the job done. Instead of a rosette end, it features a spout, which delivers a steady stream. The chameleon's tail becomes a handle, and it is easy to carry and pour.
The spout's somewhat wide opening creates a strong stream that may not be ideal for delicate flowers or seedlings. Also, the watering can is on the heavy side, and when filling with water, it may take some muscle and oomph for little tots to carry. However, if you can overlook its weight, we recommend this watering can to toddlers ready to engage in water play outside.
The playful Novelty Gnome Watering Can is big, holding 1.5 gallons of water. Besides the gnome, other character options are available, including a pig, fish, and duck. Each watering can is UV and frost-resistant shatterproof plastic. While testing, we found this plastic watering can to be sturdy and durable, and without a rosette at the end, it pours a steady stream.
Keep in mind, with larger capacity comes more weight, and this can will be heavy when full, making it more suitable for an older child. If you have an older child that needs a higher capacity can to help in the garden, we think this product could be a fit.
Why You Should Trust Us
When it comes to baby gear and toys, BabyGearLab has expertise and knowledge (thanks to nearly a decade of testing), to help recommend a product to meet your needs. Leading this review is Molly Bradac, Research Analyst, and Nanny, with over 14 years of experience. Molly knows the ins and outs of creating fun activities enriched with learning opportunities, and outdoor play falls right in her wheelhouse. Each product in our review was researched, purchased, and rigorously hands-on tested to find the best of the category, and identify key similarities and differences through side-by-side comparison.
Analysis and Test Results
Lots of filling, watering, play, and experimentation went into our hands-on testing.
Determine the size of your watering can based on your child's age and goals. Keep in mind, the bigger the watering can, the heavier it will be when full. The Gowi Watering Can and the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can are the smallest among the competition, whereas the Novelty Gnome Watering Can is one of the largest.
Most kid watering cans are plastic because children are not always careful nor mindful, so they are less likely to break or dent from drops. The only product in our review that is not plastic, but is the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can, which is metal. Most of the plastic watering cans in our review feel durable and sturdy, including the Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can and the Green Toys Watering Can.
A watering can typically sports a spout or rosette sprinkler end. If you are watering delicate flowers or seedlings, the rosette sprinkler end is best because it offers a gentler shower, which is less likely to snap stems. Most of the products in our review feature this end, including the Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can and the Gowi Watering Can. However, a watering can with a slender, long spout produces a steady stream, which is best for reaching plant roots or hanging pots. The Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can, Cado Elephant Watering Can, and the Novelty Gnome Watering Can fit this profile.
Children are naturally curious creatures, who are eager to discover and help, so equip them with a watering can and invite them to help care for houseplants or backyard gardens. Plus, they will learn important life skills, like responsibility and kindness, along the way. We are confident there is a kid watering can here that will meet your family's needs and budget. And, like flowers, watch your little one grow and flourish as they learn.
— Molly Bradac