Children traditionally have "helped" in the yard work and gardening with tools specifically designed for their smaller size and hands. Some children's yard tools are as well made as adults and are designed to last seasons, and even generations. Others are inexpensive plastic disposables that a few weeks' hard work will break. From toddlers to pre-teens there is a proper sized tool to do the job.
Child-sized garden gloves protect tender skin and fingers from abrasion, scratches and splinters. Brightly-colored kneepads shaped like insects or flowers keep knees from wear and tear, and encourage the child to spend more time in the garden.
Playing in the dirt fascinates many children and proper sized tools help them do it productively. Shovels, hoes and cultivators such as trowels and forks allow the child to dig, move and chop dirt while accomplishing something of value for the yard.
Raking the autumn leaves with the family is almost a rite of passage for many children. Shorter handles with matching tines enable young children to easily scatter the leaves back onto the lawn nearly as fast as they are raked up by the adult.
Getting important yard "stuff" from one side of the house to the other is important for a well-maintained yard. Whether it is a bag of topsoil or a bundle of tulip bulbs some kind of carrier is going to make it easier. Wheelbarrows designed for children allow them to participate in carrying material around the yard. Some parents prefer the balance that a four-wheeled garden wagon gives.
Probably the most enjoyable activity for a child in the yard is helping with the watering, especially on a hot summer day. Watering cans designed for children range from fanciful flowers and animal shapes to simple ones that are easy to use. Usually lightweight, they hold just enough for a child to easily carry.