Here are some tips to teach your kids how to do yardwork
How to get kids involved in yardwork
- Teach Safety
Safety is always our primary concern with our kids. So before anything else, we make sure to use proper safety practices when working in the yard. We always use eye and ear protection, gloves, and adult supervision. I’ve linked our favorite safety gear below.
Start small with little kids, like using small rakes and shovels to weed the garden and then work your way up to more complex tools and more difficult tasks as your kids grow and learn.
Once they are able to use smaller tools appropriately, you can introduce more advanced tools, according to their capabilities, and with adult supervision.
I believe that when kids are old enough, we should let our kids use yard tools- like shovels, rakes, lawnmowers, trimmers, and leaf blowers. But each child is different, and we should make sure they are responsible enough and are trained properly in using these tools.
While our children are allowed to use some tools, we also use a lot of tools in the yard that our children are not allowed to use, like our weed sprayers and bug foggers. Be aware of your own child’s capabilities and adjust the tools and work accordingly. We always want to stay safe.
- Work together
If you are trying to teach your kids anything, teaching by example is the best way to teach them. In learning how to work in the yard, they often learn by seeing mom and dad, and then working alongside their parents. We work together as a family. Even our youngest kids are outside, working and playing beside us as we go. And the little kids learn from the big kids too! That toy lawnmower has mowed a lot of pretend grass over the years!
- Teach by example
Handing your kid a trimmer or a leaf blower can be intimidating. But we make sure to teach safe practices, like wearing safety glasses, using hearing protection, and keeping our hands in the proper places on the tools. We let our kids watch us do something, and then they are able to try. We also keep a really good eye on our kids while they are using yard tools. We are never too far away
- Get the right tools
Just like any job, you are usually more successful when you have the right tools for the job. When my kids were little, we started them off with a simple garden tool set and a child size shovel and rake set. But as they have grown, so have their tools and responsibilities.
When my son turned 12 years old, he wanted to start trimming the lawn, so we got a battery operated string trimmer that was easy for him to learn to use. We knew we didn’t want him worrying about cords and plugs, or gas. So we made sure this one ran off of 18v batteries– the same batteries we use for all of our hand tools. that he wasn’t too heavy, so he is able to carry it and use it easily.
- Make yard work fun
My kids actually think yard work is fun. They love that we let them use our yard tools. We usually turn on some music, and work together to make it more fun. One of their favorite things is using the battery operated leaf blower. They know these tools aren’t toys, but they are still pretty fun to use! We’ve made sure to teach them safe practices, so they aren’t just left to their own wild antics, but we still have fun while we work.
- Teach them young
Our kids are never too young to help in the yard. Even when they were toddlers, we taught them how to work along side us. We have made sure to teach and demonstrate safety with our kids as we work together in the yard, and we are always watching them. But we also trust them and know that they are capable of working hard. Plus we grow closer to each other when we work together. This is a family tradition- this picture of my kids shoveling snow with their grandpa is my favorite. You can find the small snow shovels at Home Depot.
Safety Protection Items for Children
Here is a list of my favorite safety protection items for children
- My favorite safety glasses for kids. Or these Safety Glasses are really nice for kids too- the strap helps keep them on
- My favorite Ear Protection for kids
- Child Size Gloves
Yard Tools for Children and Adults
Here is a list of my favorite yard tools for children and adults. Before you buy any tools, make sure the batteries coordinate with one another. I really like the Ryobi one+ series, because all of the batteries are interchangeable between my yard tools and my shop tools. I like being able to use the same batteries for everything.
- Ryobi battery operated leaf blower
- Ryobi battery operated string trimmer.
- Ryobi battery operated weed sprayer
- Ryobi battery operated bug fogger
- Child yard tool set
- Child size snow shovel
- Child garden tool set
- Toy lawnmower
- Amazon has a lot of fun toy yard tools.
This post was sponsored by Ryobi. All opinions are my own. I never recommend anything I wouldn’t use personally.