November 5, 2012
If you are like most parents, you are a very busy person. Taking the kids to school, cooking dinner, doing household chores – your schedule is jam-packed with important activities that have to get done. With everything going on, it can be nearly impossible to find the time to do a little bit of home maintenance.
But what if you could include the kids in the projects? It would be a great way to spend time with them AND tackle some items around the house. The five home improvement projects below are specifically designed to be kid-friendly!
Painting is a great project for kids and can be on walls, furniture, or whatever project needs to be finished. Mistakes are easily fixed and the kids will like feeling like they are contributing to the overall decor of the house.
Have you been thinking about putting in a garden in your backyard but just haven’t found the time? There is no time like the present and no helper like your kid. Gardening is the perfect activity for them – it is fun, educational, and long-term. You can plant many of your family’s favorite vegetables: tomatoes, zucchini and cucumbers are all easy to grow. Your whole family will enjoy eating the literal fruits of your labor!
Build a Playhouse
If the idea of building a playhouse yourself sounds a little overwhelming, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of kits available to help you in the project. Of course this is not an activity suited for young children, but older ones taking the proper safety precautions will enjoy this project a lot. Learning to use a hammer is a basic skill and there is no better way to learn it than with your parents.
Decorate Your Mailbox
Go a little wild and let your kids have their fun with your faded mailbox. Take them shopping for fun art supplies and let them turn this improvement project into a crafty one. Just make sure there is a visible house number and that nobody paints it shut!
Install Outdoor Solar Lights
Putting solar lights in your yard is surprisingly simple. Solar walkway lights are sold online and at most home improvement stores. Your kids can place them along your walkway or around garden beds. They will enjoy seeing the lights turn on as the sun goes down. It’s good for the environment – and for about $50 for a pack of eight, they’re good for your wallet too!
Note: With all of these projects it is important to remember that safety always comes first. Take all the necessary precautions and keep an eye on your child. Also, remember to prepare for messes – use an old sheet or some newspapers to cover your floor and move as much furniture as you need for your work space. Involve your children from step one and keep them involved until the end, including clean up.