Looking for something fun to do with the entire family? Instead of going out, why not stay in and spend a productive day at home checking off a few items in your list of house projects?
Getting your kids involved may be the last thing on your mind, but you may be surprised at how valuable experience will be for them and for everyone. With proper guidance and lots of patience, your kids may even help you get the work done faster.
Check out these DIY home projects you can do with your entire family.
Making Holiday Decor
The holidays are here, and what better way to raise the excitement and anticipation than to get working on your decorations?
You can search for tutorials for DIY holiday decorations and have everyone decide which one you would like to make. Then, everyone can head to the store to shop for the supplies you need. Alternatively, you can put your heads together to come up with ways to use recycled materials in your holiday decorations.
Kids love to do arts and crafts, and you may be surprised at how enjoyable you’ll find it do. Making things can be very therapeutic and educational. Plus, it’s a great way to deepen your bond as a family and learn a few skills while you’re at it.
Creating Wall Art
Tired of looking at the same boring old walls? Give your walls a makeover with a little help from the kids.
You can give it a fresh coat of paint, with you working on the high parts and the little ones in the lower areas. Use a non-toxic, odorless paint to make sure it doesn’t harm the children’s health and yours.
If you don’t want to repaint your walls, you can also create a wall-art gallery filled with original pieces made by the entire family. Choose a specific wall where you can set up your art gallery, maybe somewhere in the living room or dining room.
You can spend days to weeks with the kids making personal art, following a theme for cohesion, and slowly form your wall gallery.
Organizing and Labeling
Chaos is a given when you have little children in the house, but it doesn’t have to be that way all the time. Let the kids get involved and be responsible for decluttering the house.
Set up storage containers for toys, clothes, art supplies, and basically every item that the children use. Next, work with the kids to make sticker labels for each container and cabinet in the house.
When the labels are done, you and the kids can go around sticking them on organizers while demonstrating where items go.
Planting a Small Garden
Kids love to get their hands dirty, literally, so why not plant a small garden for your next DIY home project with the family?
First, choose resilient plants that are easy to grow in your area and climate, so the kids can see the results of their work sooner and feel more encouraged and rewarded for it. Once you’ve got the seeds, you can prepare the area where you’re planting the garden.
The children can help out in clearing the weeds then making holes for the seeds. You can teach them all about how plants grow and how to take care of a garden to make sure everything grows strong and healthy.
Time and the elements can wear the looks of your mailbox. If yours hasn’t seen a good cleaning and freshening in a long while, now’s the time to give your mailbox a makeover.
Get everyone involved in cleaning the mailbox, scrubbing off dirt, sweeping the inside, and removing all debris. The whole family can then decide on the mailbox’s new look for the makeover.
Let everyone share their input on the colors, decorations, and changes to do on the mailbox, and divide the work among yourselves.
There are some projects that you can’t put off or ask the kids for help. Most of these tasks will require more care and precision to do. However, this doesn’t mean that you should discourage the kids’ involvement. It will help them learn about what it’s like to be an adult if you can let them see the responsibilities you need to handle.
While they may not help you in doing the bulk of the work, they can still offer a helping hand. They’re certainly not going to help you do the bulk of the work if you’re, say, replacing a toilet, but they can aid you in bypassing tools and things you need and helping clean the mess after.
As long as it’s safe for them, involve your kids in your home projects often. It will help them become better and more prepared adults later on.