3 Tips on Including Children in This Summer’s Home Improvement Projects
Summer’s here, school’s out and the kids need something to do.
As you contemplate your summer to-do list, from re-organizing the garage to finally fixing that hanging cabinet door, consider inviting your kids to help you. Few things are as satisfying as working with your child (or parent) and seeing the fruits of your labor.
- Ask for their opinion(such as paint color or flower type) and really listen to it
- Stock up on kid-sized toolsthat will fit their hands
- Create side projects— if your child is too young to actually wield a hammer, let them work with a kid hammer and some wood next to you as you tackle your project
Check out local kids’ programs for building and crafts — The Home Depot offers a series of kids’ workshops. This August, participating stores are running a workshop on “Making Pencil Box Holders.” For more information, visit The Home Depot’s Home Improver Club site.
Home Owner Net breaks down, into four steps, how you can involve your child:
- Design and planning — take advantage of your child’s unfettered imagination.
- Painting — what kid doesn’t love to paint? Put down enough protection so you don’t have to worry about making a mess.
- Installing — a great opportunity to show your child the answer to “why does it do that?”
- Building — nothing feels better than making something out of nothing. Share the joy with your child.
For more kid-friendly summer projects, visit Squidoo’s Summer Projects To Keep Your Kids From Being Bored.