Are you looking for something to do with your kids when “there’s nothing to do,” here are some good home improvement jobs that are good for the whole family – spend time together, educate your kids, AND get jobs done!
What do kids learn from home improvement projects?
It’s more than just a project! It’s an education.
- How to create budgets;
- How to shop for what you need and navigate a home improvement store;
- How to choose tools they need;
- How to work with them safely.
Here are some fun jobs.
Paint! Paint walls or paint furniture. If the job isn’t super detail-oriented, kids can add to the fun and help you get walls painted sooner. The best thing about painting is that following behind and fixing mistakes is easy.
Garden! Kids love to get dirty, and when is it easier to get dirty than when you’re playing in actual dirt. Younger kids and older kids alike can be great helpers when it comes to pulling weeds, raking leaves or pine needles, or digging holes to plant flowers. They are also great helpers when it comes to watering flowers and other plants. Look around at your yard. This is a great place to bring in their help.
Go solar! Let your kids create a little solar light walkway in the yard. Kids can place these around sidewalks or garden beds and love to watch the lights go on as the sun goes down.
Build! If your child is old enough, he or she may be able to hammer some nails for you, as you work on a fence or deck. You can start the nail by knocking it into the wood and then let your child come by and finish the job. You can also be bold and build equipment storage, bird houses or other things.
Decorate! Are you hanging pictures or re-arranging a room? It’s easy to include them by letting them tell you “a little to the left” or by letting them move some unbreakable and light pieces like books or small paintings, etc.
Craft! Do you need a new bulletin board in the study? Let your kid decorate the border or a small place on the board. Looking for a new pencil holder? A clean can and some stickers can go a long way. Look around at places that a personal kids’ touch can be perfect and let them play.
Not sure where to start? Ask your kids if they have a project they would like to tackle. If it’s something they’re interested in, then getting the job done is easier!
It’s all in the family when it comes to making your house your home.