Need a kid-friendly watering can? Our roundup ranks the best 6 kids' watering cans available today. To determine the best, we've researched the market before purchasing well-loved and promising contenders to send through hands-on testing. Influencing our overall ranking is the evaluation and comparison of each contender's design with tiny tots (and little hands) in mind, such as size and material, spout style, and carry handle. We also took note of any included accessories for extra fun. So, whether you seek a watering can to inspire your little gardener or for water play, we are confident that our review will help guide your search for the perfect watering can so your child can get in on the action.
The adorable Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can offers style and functionality. Thanks to its lightweight body and comfortable loop handle, it is easy for children to carry. The blossom rosette head is a lovely design touch, right? We think so. When it comes to capacity, we consider the size of this watering can to be the Goldilocks - not too big, not too small, but just right. The fill hole is wide enough and accessible for kids to refill the vessel independently.
The blossom rosette end creates a gentle shower effect, ideal for delicate seedlings and other adventures around the garden or backyard. However, the shower is not precise enough to target the roots of houseplants. Your little gardener will be perfectly equipped with this Melissa and Doug product. We recommend it to toddlers and children ready to shower flowers.
Little plant caretakers will smile with the Cado Elephant Watering Can, which costs a fraction of some competitors in our lineup. The elephant's long and slender trunk makes this product great for precision watering, such as plant roots or hard-to-reach places. This plastic option is durable and long-lasting, assuming it will not sit in direct sunlight.
If you're looking to shower delicate plants gently, the Cado may not be for you, given the trunk spout and its stream-like flow. But, if that factor is not a deal-breaker, we recommend this inexpensive elephant and think it will encourage your child's participation in plant care.
Consisting of 100% recycled plastic, the Green Toys Watering Can is ready to join your child at the beach or in the garden. This watering can is sturdy and durable and sports a rosette sprinkler end and a cotton rope carrying handle. Plus, the set includes a rake and shovel for extra outdoor fun.
With gardening and outside play comes dirt, and we wonder if the cotton rope handle will show dirt over time. However, this may not be a deal-breaker as well-loved toys typically show wear and tear. Despite this, we think this watering is high-quality and recommend it to eco-minded families who appreciate the company's effort to repurpose recycled plastic and the bonus perk of hand tools.
If you seek a watering can and toolset for your beginner gardener, the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can is an option. This all-in-one set includes a metal watering can (a perk for folks who prefer to avoid plastic), gloves, a shovel, a fork, a rake, and a tote bag to store the tools. We appreciate the rosette sprinkler head for its gentle shower, and overall, we 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 unsuitable for big watering projects, and our little tester could carry it easily. We recommend this product to any family who appreciates owning a beginner gardener toolset with a watering can for their child. We are confident it will spark your child's interest and a "green thumb."
The creative and lovable Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can is perfect for a reptile enthusiast or children who love Pascal, Rapunzel's pet chameleon, in the Disney movie Tangled. The plastic feels sturdy and high-quality, and the can holds enough water to do the job. Instead of a rosette end, it features a spout, which delivers a steady stream. The chameleon's tail becomes a handle (we love this creative design!), and it's easy to carry and pour.
The spout's opening is wide and creates a strong stream that may not be ideal for delicate flowers or seedlings. When filled with water, this watering can also is heavier, so it may take some 'oomph' for younger tots to carry. However, if your child can manage its weight, we recommend this contender to older toddlers ready to engage in water play outside.
The whimsical and durable Novelty Gnome Watering Can stands out among the competition (literally) as one of the biggest contenders (holding 1.5 gallons of water!). Besides the gnome, other character options are available, such as a pig, fish, and duck. The manufacturer states the plastic watering can is UV, frost-resistant, and shatterproof. We think this plastic watering is sturdy and has the potential to be long-lasting, and without a rosette at the end, it pours a steady stream.
With larger capacity comes more weight; when filled, this watering can is heavy for young children. If your child is older and ready for more volume to water a larger area in the garden, we think this product might fit your needs. Otherwise, if your little one isn't ready for a heavy watering can, we suggest looking elsewhere in our lineup.
Tip: With assistance and help, let your little one use the hose to fill their watering can. Alternatively, fill a bucket with water, and if your watering can is small enough to fit, submerge it to fill it up.
Why You Should Trust Us
BabyGearLab has the expertise and knowledge (thanks to nearly a decade of testing) to help recommend a product to meet your needs regarding baby gear and toys. Leading our review is Molly Bradac, Senior Review Editor and Nanny with over 15 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. We researched, purchased, and tested each product in our review to determine the best in this category. Our hands-on testing also helped us identify the essential qualities that make a kid's watering can great.
Analysis and Test Results
We enlisted little testers' help for our review, and lots of filling, watering, and garden play went into our hands-on testing.
A few factors, such as your child's age and goals, will help determine which watering can size works best for your tiny gardener. Remember that the bigger the kids' watering can, the heavier it will be to carry when full of water. The Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can is petite compared to 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 metal, is the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can. 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.
Tip: Avoid leaving a plastic watering can in direct sunlight, as the plastic will degrade and cause fading and weakening.
Typically, watering cans have 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 and is less likely to snap stems. Most of the products in our roundup feature this end, including the Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals 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.
Tip: As a fun, alternative idea, use a small watering can with a rosette sprinkler end to rinse hair at bath time.
Children are naturally curious creatures who are eager to explore and learn. Equipping them with a kid-friendly watering can and inviting them to help care for houseplants or the backyard garden, where they can play and learn, holds several benefits in their development. Regardless of your goals, our lineup consists of an assortment of kids' watering cans that will meet your needs and budget. And, like flowers and plants, we think you'll enjoy watching your child grow and flourish as they learn.
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