With spring break quickly approaching, it’s good to have a plan and some structured fun for your kids. One way to do this is to create some home improvement projects for your kids to help you with during their time off from school.
They will love doing something unique, and you will have some helpers with those projects you’ve been putting off. Most of these projects are quick and easy for kids as well, which makes life a little bit easier for you!
Here are 10 ideas to help get you started:
1. Make a birdhouse
You can usually find plans and materials for a birdhouse at a home improvement store, like Home Depot or Lowes. This makes a perfect afternoon project to do with your kids, and you can show them how to use tools like a hammer and nails. They will have so much fun watching birds enjoy the house they built!
If your kids aren’t into birds, try building a bat house. Bats can get rid of the pesky bugs around your yard, so having them around is a good thing.
2. Build a sandbox
Your kids will love playing in their homemade sandbox. You can find sandbox plans all over the internet, making it easy to select exactly what you’re looking for. You can even build a sandbox with a built-in bench!
But, if you’re looking for a simpler project, all you really need is a large bag of sand, the right sized lumber and the tools to build it with. This is a great weekend project to do with your kids, and it will continue to keep them entertained all summer long (whenever it gets here!)
3. Paint your mailbox
This project is fairly simple and is easy to accomplish. Your children will love making the mailbox look prettier. Choose some fun paint colors and sketch out an interesting design. Then, have them fill it in with the paint!
4. Build a playhouse
This project might take longer than a few hours, but it will last a long time. It’s the perfect summer project for your kids to help with, and it will be a place you all can enjoy during those warm summer afternoons.
Since you’ll be using things like nail guns, you may want to consider investing in a portable air compressor. Portable air compressors have less power, so they are a little bit safer. It is still a situation, though, where you can teach your kids how to be safe when dealing with power tools and equipment.
5. Plant a Garden
There’s nothing more fun than planting a garden. Show your kids the different plants you will grow, and then teach them about planting seeds and the process of gardening.
Do some research and make sure you choose plants that are good for the soil you have and the time of year. Try out vegetables, flowers or beans. Your kids will get a kick out of watching everything grow. Give them the job of watering the plants and pulling weeds — it’s a great opportunity to teach them about responsibility!
6. Redecorate your backyard
Look around your backyard and decide what you and your kids can do to make it better. For example, you could repaint your outdoor furniture, hang a hammock or plant some flowers.
Typically, a backyard needs some sprucing up each summer. Have your kids help you brainstorm some ideas and then let them help you complete the projects!
7. Paint a chalkboard wall
A chalkboard wall is a great project for kids to help out with. You can choose an interior or exterior wall, buy some primer and chalkboard paint and let the kids help out with painting.
Show them painting techniques to get a smooth surface and teach them why it’s important to prime a wall first. When they finish painting, they’ll will have so much fun decorating their new wall with chalk drawings!
8. Create a backyard mini golf course
Backyard mini golf is a great summer project if your kids love the game. You can easily find some plans to build your own mini golf course, and your kids will have a blast all summer — right in their own backyard.
9. Add solar lights
This is probably the quickest, easiest home improvement project. Simply pick out some solar lights at your local hardware store and carefully show your kids how to push the stakes down into the ground. Line your sidewalk with the lights, and your kids will love watching them illuminate your walkways each night!
10. Create outdoor stepping stones
This is a fairly simple project to do with your kids. It won’t take long, but it can get pretty messy!
You can pick up stepping stone kits at your local home improvement store. Next, have your kids help choose a place to put the stepping stones. Then, get to work making the stones and enjoy a fun, personal touch in your yard!
Home improvement projects don’t have to be complicated, and they can be kid-friendly, too. Try out these ideas with your kids this spring or summer. They will enjoy their time with you and the time they get to be creative — and you’ll enjoy crossing some of those to-do items off your home improvement list.
Megan Wild is a home improvement blogger who enjoys spending time fixing up homes. When she’s not hanging out in the midst of her workshop, she’s writing about her adventures on her blog, Your Wild Home.
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