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The 4 Best Kid Watering Can Sets of 2024

We tested popular kids' watering cans from Melissa and Doug, Green Toys, and others to find the very best available
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Best Kid Watering Can Review (Each product in our review was purchased and experienced hands-on testing to determine the best.)
Each product in our review was purchased and experienced hands-on testing to determine the best.
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By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Friday February 23, 2024

Need a kid-friendly watering can? Our roundup ranks the best 5 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.

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Editor's Note: We updated this watering can review on February 23, 2024, with consideration to product availability and pricing.


The Best Kid Watering Cans for 2024


1

Best Overall Watering Can


Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Medium
REASONS TO BUY
Stylish
Lightweight
Easy to hold and carry
REASONS TO AVOID
Not for precision watering

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. If you require better precision, check out the adorable Cado Elephant Watering Can.

kid watering can - the melissa and doug pretty petals watering can is a favorite among...
The Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can is a favorite among our little testers as it is easy to carry, refill, and the sprinkler rosette end creates a shower-like effect.
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2

Best Bang for the Buck


Cado Elephant Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Medium
REASONS TO BUY
Precision watering
Easy to carry
REASONS TO AVOID
Not for showering

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 plan on gently showering delicate plants, the Cado may not be right for you due to the trunk spout and stream-like flow. But, if that factor is not a deal-breaker, we recommend this inexpensive elephant and think it will encourage your child to participate in plant care. On the other hand, if the lack of showering is a no-go, the Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can may be more suitable.

kid watering can - the cado elephant watering can is inexpensive and best for reaching...
The Cado Elephant Watering Can is inexpensive and best for reaching plant roots.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

3

Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Set


Green Toys Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Medium
REASONS TO BUY
Sturdy and durable
Includes rake and shovel
REASONS TO AVOID
Handle may show dirt

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're looking for a non-plastic option without the rope, the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can features a metal watering can.

kid watering can - the green toys watering can is sturdy, durable, and includes hand...
The Green Toys Watering Can is sturdy, durable, and includes hand tools for extra garden fun.
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4

Best Gardening Set with Watering Can


Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can


Material: Metal | Size: Small
REASONS TO BUY
Non-plastic option
Includes multiple tools
REASONS TO AVOID
No carry handle
Not for big watering projects

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.” Consider the Green Toys Watering Can if you want an option featuring both pouring and carrying handle.

The Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can includes a metal can...
The Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can includes a metal can, which may be small in size, but perfect for a toddler looking to help out in the garden.
The tote bag from the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can is...
The tote bag from the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can is durable and perfect for holding and carrying tools around the yard.

5

Best for Reptile Enthusiast


Melissa and Doug Chameleon Watering Can


Material: Plastic | Size: Medium/Small
REASONS TO BUY
Attractive design
Durable and high-quality
REASONS TO AVOID
Strong stream
Heavy

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. Inside house plants might also be a no-go if little ones don't have the coordination to keep the water in the pots yet. This watering can also be heavier when filled with water, 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. For a more manageable capacity, we like Melissa and Doug Pretty Petals Watering Can, which also has a gentle shower for more delicate plants.

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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.

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Why Trust GearLab


We researched, purchased, and tested each product in our review to determine the best watering can in the business. Our hands-on testing also helped us identify the essential qualities that make a kid's watering can great. We did hands-on testing with tots to gain input that only kids can provide, ensuring little ones will find the award-winning cans engaging.

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.

Besides using a hose to refill the watering cans, we found it...
Besides using a hose to refill the watering cans, we found it helpful to keep a bucket full of water ready to go.
Whether you have houseplants or a garden, teach your child how to...
Whether you have houseplants or a garden, teach your child how to care for growing plants and flowers.

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.

kid watering can - the green toys watering can is easy to carry thanks to its flexible...
The Green Toys Watering Can is easy to carry thanks to its flexible cotton rope handle.
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Size


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.

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Most of the products in our review are plastic, except for the Kinderific Gardening Set and Watering Can, which is metal.
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Material


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.

kid watering can - some kid watering cans feature a spout, while others have a rosette...
Some kid watering cans feature a spout, while others have a rosette sprinkler end, which creates a gentler flow for watering delicate flowers and seedlings.
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Spout Style


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 and Elephant Watering Can fit this profile.

kid watering can - besides watering plants and flowers, let your little one enjoy some...
Besides watering plants and flowers, let your little one enjoy some backyard water play. Any product in our review will be a perfect fit for that activity.
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Tip: As a fun, alternative idea, use a small watering can with a rosette sprinkler end to rinse hair at bath time.

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Conclusion


Children are naturally curious creatures who are eager to explore and learn, especially outside as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer. Equipping your little one with outdoor kid-sized tools can encourage them to take part in the action. Finding 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. No matter what fun you have in mind, our review includes an assortment of kids' watering cans that will meet your adventure needs and budget. And much like plants and flowers, we think you'll love seeing your child grow and flourish through play.

Molly Bradac