Newest Review: ... 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 han... more
A great tool for little hands
Yeominis Hand Scoop
Member Name: jillycat
Yeominis Hand Scoop
Advantages: Easy for children to use well made contents don't fall out unlike trowels
Disadvantages: handle needs tightening at times
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.
Summary: A great garden tool for budding gardens to dig around in the mud and plant out seedlings
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