In order to raise a helper, you need tools for raising helpers.
When you give a child a tool it is as if you are saying, “you are good enough to help, you are valued, and you are worthy.” That is EXACTLY what they need and want to hear. Wouldn’t that make you feel like helping?
Give children the tools they need to become the helpers they were born to be!
Tools for Raising Helpers
Tools are magical objects to children. They see us using them and they want to be like us. There are many types of tools for raising helpers. Tools for cleaning, gardening, building, etc. Our favorites can be found below.
Household Tools for Raising Helpers
Kids love to have their own supplies to help with around the house. Having their own cleaning kit makes them want to clean. My concern has always been the toxic chemicals in cleaning supplies. This one is chemical-free!
This children’s 3-pc house cleaning set is the perfect size for kids! It includes a 33″ broom, hand brush and dust pan.
The perfect mop for your little helper. The soft cotton mop head is made of 4-ply cotton yard that will standup to any mess. It has a sturdy, easy to clean plastic handle and can be hung up and out of the way for storage.
My daughter loves using this silly little tool! She is always making off with it to dust something. It has a light, fluffy, microfiber head that is great for dusting picture frames, knick-knacks and other delicate items without the need for cleaning chemicals.
These are awesome for kids! When we were on vacation last summer the home we stayed in had one. Whenever I tried to use it my daughter threw herself on the floor until I let HER clean. Works for me!
This is my favorite tool for quickly sweeping the kitchen floor, and my daughters favorite tool for helping mama vacuum the house. All I have to do is get out my vacuum and she goes and does the same. Monkey see, monkey do… awesome!
We have an older model of this vacuum pictured above. It doesn’t pick up every last speck of dust on the floor but it does a darn good job!
My daughter also likes to use this to clean up when she makes a mess. It even has a 2-in-1 detachable handheld vacuum that she can use AND clean when she is done! Thanks for teaching her how to do that dad. 🙂
Yard & Garden Tools for Raising Helpers
These stretchable cotton colorful print gloves with coordinating knit wrist to help keep dirt out and hands clean.
2. Mini Haws Watering Can (Pictured in photo collage at the bottom of the page.)
This is a small, well-balanced, mini version of the classic haws watering can that is perfect for kids.
My daughter LOVES watering and uses this for both indoor and outdoor plants. If ever I can’t find her, she is usually outside watering the plants.
I recommend gluing on the removable brass faced spout or your child may lose it like mine did – ha! You can see it missing in the photo collage at the bottom of this page.
Another one of my favorite types of watering cans for kids can be found in the hand garden tool set below. My daughter uses both regularly.
A sturdy canvas bag containing a rake, fork, spade and watering can especially made for smaller hands and curious minds. The tools in this set are good quality compared to other sets I’ve seen.
The tools are metal with wood handles and very durable and totally functional. They are not cheap plastic junk like other low priced sets.
This kid-sized set of sturdy tools includes a shovel, rake, hoe and leaf rake. Each metal tool is attached to a solid wood handle so kids can really help!
5. Push Broom
The perfect sized push broom for your little helper!
Another one of my daughters favorite tools. This wheelbarrow is as functional as it is fun. The perfect wheelbarrow for little ones to haul their toys or help with chores in the yard or garden.
My daughter helping us move wood from a truck to the wood pile in the backyard. We go to our property every summer to collect wood for the following winter.
I think my daughters grandma loves this wagon as much as may daughter does. She is always borrowing it! It has many uses above and beyond the yard and garden that make it well worth the purchase price.
We have the first one listed. It is all wood with removable side walls that come in handy. I also really love the second option because the wagon is metal with wood sides that are not removable. The right wagon for you depends on your needs and which features make the most sense for your family.
These wagons can be used for hauling around toys, tools, heavy plants and equipment, bringing in the groceries, farmers markets, trips to the park or beach, and picking berries or visiting the pumpkin patch!
Building & Construction Tools for Raising Helpers
1. Children’s Safety Goggles and/or Kids Safety Glasses
These safety goggles and glasses are not just for building and construction. They are also perfect for science projects and any other activities that you want to make sure little helping eyes are well protected.
We have used these not just for science projects but also cooking, art, and wood working. If you have kids who are creative and love to be hands-on I recommend one or both of these.
These comfortable earmuffs are fully adjustable to fit little ones comfortably while still fitting snug over the ears for superior protection against loud noises that can cause hearing damage.
These are great for when the kids want to be outside with you when you are working with loud equipment such as lawn mowers, blowers, hammers, skill or chop saws, etc.
3. Kids Work Gloves (Leather, Synthetic Leather, or Nitrile Coated)
Protect kids’ hands while they’re working and playing!
These tool belts can be used for real work and pretend play.
Everything a kid could need for all types of building and wood working projects.
A real working cordless drill that enables supervised children to drill holes and screw bolts into wood pieces. Not the best drill, but perfect for kids.
Tools for Raising Helpers
Children want to be just like their caregivers working and using tools. Give children the tools they need to become the helpers they were born to be!
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