Involving kids with DIY projects is a good way to nurture their creativity and to keep them busy. Here are DIY Projects kids can help with during the holidays or weekends.
Getting your kids to help with household chores can be a nightmare for most parents. Unless you find the right combination of ‘carrot and stick’ you may never get those little rascals to do anything at all. There is another way, though; a way through which you can help them nurture their creativity while teaching them important lessons about work ethic and responsibility. DIY projects. If you can find a few fun projects that the whole family can undertake, you just might get them excited about joining in and helping you out. Here are some ideas you can mull over.
I know! I know! This doesn’t sound like fun at all. But what you are forgetting is that kids like getting dirty, for whatever reason. Getting them involved with some gardening work is the perfect way to introduce them to actual work. We are talking about light duties like raking the leaves, helping you transplant potted plants and maybe even building a mini-garden for the vegetables that they certainly do not like.
This is yet another way to excite their creative side. From a young age, kids have loved playing around with colours. If you hand a mind to upgrade the way your curb looks, how about you give that front door a paint job? Get the kids to help. If you want them really invested in this, ask them to join in when you are still thinking about the colours to use. Ask for their opinion and have everyone quantify their answer with reasons why their colour should be chosen.
No, ‘because it’s my favourite colour’ is a cute answer, but it is not substantial enough. Teach them how to look at things objectively and from a practical point of view. This will not only teach them how to look beyond themselves but to critically think about their choices. Once they are this invested, you can be sure they will want to see it through. Go ahead and paint the window shutters too and even the entire porch. What do you have to lose?
Build something for them
Maybe a swing or a goal post, whatever you decide to build for them, make sure it is their choice and that they have a big part to play in the building of the said choice. It will give you an insight on their interest and it will teach them to cherish their belongings once they see how much work goes into making them.
Undertaking these projects with kids can be fun. Not only do they make for awesome teachable moments, but they give you time to bond and to get a good look into your kid’s inner workings as a child. That insight may lead you towards the more important interests that they hold; interests that could well reveal a hidden talent in your little munchkin.