The 8 Best Lawn Mowers For Kids

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This wiki has been updated 20 times since it was first published in March of 2019. It's common for children to want to do whatever their parents are doing, but when it comes to cutting the grass, helping out with the real thing is probably a little too dangerous. With one of these toy lawn mowers, however, your kids can pretend in safety, whether in the yard or your living room. Most models even have moving parts and produce sounds to make them more engaging and authentic. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Little Tikes Gas 'n Go

2. Melissa & Doug Snappy Turtle

3. Craftsman My First Garden Set

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Editor's Notes

July 27, 2020:

These lawn mowers for kids can provide a fun way for youngsters to imitate Mom or Dad, and many feature eye-catching colors, realistic noises, and sturdy handles that help young toddlers who are learning to walk. Like sandboxes and toy gardening kits, these outdoor toys are good for hours of backyard fun and can often be passed on from sibling to sibling. In today’s update, we added the Craftsman My First Garden Set to the list, and this all-inclusive kit includes not just a lawn mower, but also a wheelbarrow, a watering can, and five additional small and large tools. They’re made with the brand’s signature red and black colors, with firm handles to provide a comfortable grip. The German-designed Small Foot Wooden Toys Playset also joins the selection. It sports a height-adjustable handle and a pretend motor that comprises five components that kids can have fun stacking and disassembling. It’s made with safety in mind, thanks to smooth rounded edges and nontoxic water-based paint. Today the John Deere Real Sounds leaves the list, as it contains small parts and is therefore not intended for children younger than age three.

The Little Tikes Gas 'n Go retains its top spot in this update, thanks to its bright and cheerful primary colors, as well as the variety of fun engine sounds it can make when youngsters pull the cord. It’s equipped with a pretend gas can that stores onboard and is easy for little hands to remove when it’s time for an imaginary fill-up. For another noise-making selection, consider the Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn, which emits songs, sounds, and phrases that can be adjusted as little ones mature. It can help teach numbers and counting, and plays more than 30 sounds in total. For one of the most realistic-looking choices around, look to the Husqvarna Toy Mower, which is based on a real-life model available from the brand. It runs on three AAA batteries and features engine sounds and lights. Our list wouldn’t be complete without the classic Fisher-Price Bubble Mower, which emits bubbles as kids push it along. A mechanical motor spins and makes noise as you go, so it sounds like the motor on Mom and Dad’s lawn mower.

March 26, 2019:

When it comes to toy mowers, it's tough to beat the Little Tikes Gas 'n Go, for several reasons. For one thing, the popping beads are attention-grabbing, and for another, it's sized well and is relatively realistic. It does have one drawback, however: it doesn't perform well in thick grass. This problem is actually common to most models, as they're designed with stability in mind, which means low wheels. If you'd like something that offers rugged performance over varied terrain, the Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force is perhaps the better choice, although it's certainly not inexpensive. But it does offer quite a bit of functionality for the cost, including a reverse option and a lockout that makes the top speed inaccessible, if need be. Finally, we selected a bubble mower option from Fisher-Price. It's cute but can spill, so this one is best for the patient parent.

4. Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force

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5. Small Foot Wooden Toys Playset

6. Husqvarna Toy Mower

7. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn

8. Fisher-Price Bubble Mower

Karen Bennett
Last updated by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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