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This Yeominis scoop is a children's garden tool that we bought from our local garden centre for our son. The range is made specifically for children by Yeoman's which has a good reputation for making adult tools so I hoped the same quality would be transferred to the children's range. We have a fork and small spade set from the ELC but this scoop with it is curved scoop looked as it might be easier for him to lift soil with compared to the trowel so thought we would give it a try.
The handle of the scoop is lovely and comfortable so it is very easy for my son grip on to and hold. As it is only 8 cm it is ideally suited to young hands as it is not too long nor is so chunky that they can't get their hands around the whole of the scoop. The handle is screwed into the scoop so it appears initially to be quite tough and well made. The short stubby design of the handle allows my son to be in full control of the scoop and manoeuvre it around with ease. When he cuts into the soil or compost he is able to lift this out and direct the contents to where he needs it as it isn't too long for him to co-ordinate.
The scoop itself is made of metal and coated in a tough yellow metallic paint. In the several months we have had this and it has been in use the paint has shown no signs of damage and this is in spite of the scoop being left out in the rain or left submerged in soil for days at a time.
My son actually now prefers the scoop to the normal children's trowel that he has and I think the main reason for this is the scoop is actually a better design for children as it holds the contents of what they are trying to move better. It doesn't matter if it's the soil he is moving or the some small stones to make a garden for some worms he has found they all stay nicely in the scoop where as in his trowel they often fall off as the sides are not curved enough for him to move it around with out spilling bits.
My son loves using the scoop in the garden whether it is to plant things out with me such as peas and beans and others seedlings or just to dig around in the soil to find worms and other beasties. The scoop seems to cope with this very well and allows him to be free to do what he wants with very little frustration as it is so easy for him to use. Equally as it is so easy for him to sue I need to supervise him less and can say get on with weeding whilst he digs around in the mud.
The only criticism I have of this and it is a minor on is that I have had to tighten the screw that attaches the scoop and the handle on a couple of occasions as it has come loose. Now I am not sure if this is down to my son handling this in a rough manner or if has been due to him moving heavy clay soil as we have in the garden and the weight being a bit heavy for it. However a few turns of a screwdriver are all it takes to make it as good as new again.
I would definitely recommend this tool for budding gardeners as it is fun to use and at £1.99 from Amazon or garden centres it is a good buy. The age it says that it is suitable for is 3 plus but I personally think as long as they can lift this item a child from 18 months to 2 years would be more than able to use this tool.
I can't say I'm much of a gardener. Every Spring, filled with optimism, I go through the same ritual; out comes the compost and the seeds and I get planting, then invariably the rest of the year is a succession of disappointment at things being eaten by slugs, things dying, followed by a long period of raking leaves. Still, I like to encourage the youngsters to join in with my failed attempts at being green fingered - there's always the hope that this year will be the one we finally grow something worth eating -and so we own quite a few Yeominis mini tools, including this one. The range is made specifically for children by Yeomans, who most gardeners will be familiar with as making tools for grown ups. All the items they make for their younger customers are a cheery yellow and green, perfect for little girls and boys alike.
This particular item, the scoop, which I bought for a very reasonable £1.99 has been much used this very afternoon as we have been putting our tomato seedlings into slightly bigger pots. For this purpose it's pretty ideal for a child to use, it's only a small tool, the handle is definitely child-sized being only about 8cm long, and made of robust plastic. Where an adult will struggle to hold this comfortably, a child is able to fill up a flower pot with ease - it's better than using a trowel in this respect and perfectly in scale for little hands. As the scoop part is made of strong coated metal, this tool does cut through compost quite effectively as far as I can see, and I like the fact that it makes the children feel like they are using a proper tool rather than a pale imitation of my trowel. The scoop holds quite a good amount of soil, and is better for this than the mini trowel (which we also own), it's less frustrating for a child to use as only two or three scoops will be required to fill up a smaller pot - with younger children that's definitely a good thing.
Though we have recently tidied up the shed and sworn to tidy everything away at all times, this scoop has been left out in all weathers during its lifetime and, though the metal surround to the handle (which you can't see on the photo) has rusted slightly and the yellow and green on both metal and plastic have faded a little bit, there's no actual damage to this item due to our neglect at all. It's been used for supervised potting up but also for a fair bit of digging holes in interesting places in the flower beds and even seeking out the odd worm or two - all part of the fun of gardening with little ones! Like the rest of the items in the range it's a sturdy and well made item which is more than just another toy, and really helps a little gardener do "proper" gardening. The manufacturer says this is for use from age 3, but I'd say this can be used with supervision from 18 months or so, certainly both my children have enjoyed "gardening" from an early age.
This is a simple yet effective traditional toy that I think is great value and well made and I really would recommend it for every budding gardener.