Whether it’s fixing lunch in a toy kitchen or mowing the grass with a toy lawn mower, kids adore pretend play. Helping mom or dad do the yardwork is something almost every child wants to do. It makes them feel like a contributing member of the family.
That makes a toy lawn mower an excellent choice when you are looking for a toy to get your child out into the fresh air. Let’s look at the ins and outs of buying these products, and we’ll share our 10 picks for best toy lawn mowers.
- Has 4 unique sounds
- Includes rotating ball
- Collapsible handle
- Realistic engine sound
- Tall handle
- Large wheels
- Sturdy, good quality construction
- Has bubble reservoir
- Realistic sounds with spinning motor
- Over 30 sing-along songs
- Activated when mower is pushed
- Three levels of play
- Has two speed levels
- Has a working fm radio
- Includes a trailer
- No batteries are needed
- Removable gas can give
- Has a fun dome full of balls
- Sturdy mower
- Includes gardening accessories
- Includes spare gloves & safety glasses
- Has a wooden construction
- Has pull string and wheels
- Comes with 8 felt grass strips
- Mower blades have felt grass
- Removable wooden engine block
- Made from FSC certified wood
- Moving parts & realistic sounds
- Recommended for 4 years and up
- Includes extra power tools
What are the Benefits of Mowing Toys for Kids?
There are several benefits of having a toy mower.
- When children have toys that allow them to “help” around the home, it can build their self-confidence.
- If your child is indulging in pretend play alongside you, it can strengthen the bond between the two of you.
- The CDC recommends that children under 6 stay physically active throughout the day (1). Toy mowers require your child to be physically active.
- Toy mowers can help develop your toddler’s walking skills (2).
- Many of the toy mowers we looked at have additional features such as blowing bubbles or activity centers that provide entertainment. That’s a lot of fun for your child.
Before you’re ready to buy one, you should consider some things first. When you are looking for a toy lawn mower, the most important feature to look at is the handle height. While most toy mowers have an age range identified by the manufacturer, your child’s height and how comfortable they will be holding the handle of the mower is a more appropriate measurement.
Then, consider the build quality of the mower. If you are looking for some readily available fun with some bubbles, your child might be fine with a light plastic mower. But if you have a little one who is just starting to walk, a sturdy toy mower that will not tip is more suitable.
The Best Toy Lawn Mowers of 2020
Not sure what you want yet? Browse the categories we’ve put together for 10 of the best toy lawn mowers we were able to find.
1. John Deere Electronic Lawn Mower
We put the John Deere electronic lawn mower in first place because we love the fact that it has so much play value.
The age range says 2 years and over, but many people I know have toddlers of 18 months who adore this mower.
- There are four large, sturdy buttons on this mower. Each one has its own unique sound, and there is also a voice that reminds your child to check the gas and the oil.
- The plastic ball at the back of the mower has “grass” cuttings that rotate as you push the mower along.
- The collapsible handle makes it relatively easy to store.
- Some reviewers have said this mower is not easy to push along in longer grass, so you might have to relegate your little gardener to the areas you’ve already cut.
2. Husqvarna Toy Lawn Mower
This mower is meant for children who are a little older, although it is still for the preschool set.
The box says it’s for children 3 to 5 years and this seems like a pretty accurate suggestion, even for the taller children in this age range.
- It has a realistic engine sound and a flashing light which makes it fun to use.
- The handle is taller than on most toy mowers, which means your 5-year-old can enjoy the same kind of pretend play yard work as their younger siblings.
- Slightly larger, chunkier wheels make this model easy to push on grass, gravel, and, unfortunately, recently planted flower beds.
- The higher quality of this toy mower is reflected in its price tag. It is still affordable, but not in the same range, as some low-end, cheap mowers on the market.
3. Fisher-Price Bubble Mower
The only bubble mower on our list, this pick comes from one of our favorite toy manufacturers.
On this model, I am especially fond of the bubble mixture bottle holder which means refills are always on hand.
- Sturdy, good quality construction — it feels like a safe toy for your child to be pushing around outside.
- The bubble reservoir is enclosed. Mowers with open reservoirs often suffer from problems due to debris falling in and clogging up or breaking the blower mechanism. This mower does not.
- Realistic sounds and a “spinning motor” add to the fun.
- The design of the mower is such that the bubbles are released from the side of the mower. As a result, if your child is in longer grass some bubbles can pop before they have a chance to fly freely through the air.
4. Fisher-Price Laugh And Learn Smart Stages Mower
This is another hit from Fisher-Price.
The Laugh and Learn Smart Stages mower was designed with the help of a child development psychologist and is just as much an activity center as it is a mower.
- Over 30 sing-along songs and phrases.
- It can be activated by pushing the mower along or by pressing the buttons.
- Three levels of play which can be adjusted as your child grows.
- Most kids will have grown out of this toy mower by the time they are 2.5 years old.
5. Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force Ride On Tractor
If your yard is large enough to require a ride-on mower, then your child will need a ride-on mower too!
This one will make your child feel like they are driving a real vehicle.
- This mower has two speeds and reverse. The speeds are 2¼ and 4½ miles per hour and the higher speed can be locked for beginners.
- It has a working FM radio.
- The trailer is included.
- Not the most practical toy lawn mower for everyone.
- The assembly process requires some time.
6. Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower
As you would expect from Little Tikes, this mower is a sturdy plastic toy that feels like it will last for years.
- Sounds are mechanical, so no batteries are needed.
- The removable gas can give kids another way of emulating mom or dad.
- It has a fun clear dome full of balls that pop up and down as you push the mower.
- Not the tallest of handles, so it may become too small quite quickly.
7. Sunfun Children's Complete Landscaping Set
When you have a kid who enjoys all aspects of yard work, you’ll need something that gives them more options than mowing the lawn.
- The mower is sturdy.
- It includes a hardhat, gardening gloves, toy chainsaw for the trees, metal hand tools, and more. Kids love accessories.
- There is a spare pair of gloves and safety glasses for friends to use on a play date.
- Not everyone wants their children let loose in the garden with a bunch of hand tools.
- The accessories aren’t as durable as the mower is. They may not last long if your toddler plays a lot with them.
8. Push Along Wooden Mower
This is a well-constructed wooden toy lawn mower that will stand up to a lot of use.
- Wooden construction gives this toy lawn mower a more robust feel.
- The pull string and wheels with rubber tread make this much more like mom or dad’s mower.
- It comes with eight felt grass strips for pretend play indoors.
- Some kids especially enjoy lights and sound, which this mower doesn’t have.
- It’s hard to push on tall grass.
- The weight makes it a bit tippy, which isn’t good for young toddlers who haven’t fully mastered the art of walking yet.
9. Small Foot Wooden Toys Lawn Mower & Baby Walker Play Set
Nominated for the Toy of the Year 2019, this wooden toy lawn mower is an interesting retro yet modern twist on the traditional toy mower.
- The mower blades have felt grass applied to them which gives the impression you are really mowing the grass. It is affixed by velcro, so it can be easily removed for washing.
- The wooden engine block can be removed and is also a “plug in the shapes” toy.
- Made from 100 percent FSC certified wood.
- Although the handle is adjustable and your toddler can use it as they grow, this toy mower is best suited to those under three only.
10. Constructive Playthings Power Garden Tools
Along with the toy lawn mower, this set has a play chainsaw, leaf blower, and weed trimmer.
And because safety is important, it also has gloves and safety glasses.
- All four toys have moving parts and realistic sounds.
- This set is recommended for ages 4 years and up, so your older preschoolers can continue to enjoy pretend play.
- The extra power tools allow your child to emulate you carrying out other tasks in the yard.
- To use the entire set, you need a total of 11 AA batteries.
How Does a Bubble Mower Work?
A bubble lawn mower has a reservoir that you fill with bubble liquid. When your child pushes the mower, the bubble wand passes through the reservoir. Then, depending on the model of bubble mower, a bubble is blown either by the air pushing through the wand as your child pushes the mower or by a motorized blower.
How Do You Fill a Bubble Mower?
To fill a bubble mower, you either buy or make some bubble mixture. Then it will depend on the model of mower you have chosen. Some have an open reservoir that can be filled easily, while others have an enclosed reservoir — the top of which must be removed in order to refill the mower.
Gardening Fun For All Weather
Whether it’s indoors or out, a toy mower can be great fun for both you and your child. Working with you in the yard makes your child feel important and helpful. Meanwhile, you’ll have a buddy who will, hopefully, grow to enjoy helping out in the yard.