At some point in their lives, every child will want to start getting creative and learning new skills. To prepare them for when they are older as well as to get yourself a pair of extra hands on the job, a great way to bond with your kids is through DIY. Everyone will need to learn some basic DIY skills in their lifetime, and now is the perfect time of year to start getting the kids involved in projects around the house. Here are some of the skills you can start to teach your children this year to get them ready for having a home of their own.
Sure, sanding isn’t the most exciting job for you to do in the house: but your kids will probably enjoy the task because they get to be involved in your renovations. Let’s say you have a piece of Wooden Furniture which needs to be revarnished: you can show you child how to sand the wood and then leave them to it as you start with other jobs in the house. It’s the perfect way to teach them a skill and palm off a job you don’t want to do yourself!
The spirit level is a tool which your child will likely love because they get to play around with the little bubble in the centre of it. If you want to teach them about the spirit level, you could grab a piece of artwork for their bedroom wall and get them to make sure it is straight. It will teach them how to level off pictures and make them feel a sense of achievement too.
If you need to measure your home for a big renovation project, why not ask your kids to do it for you? You can teach them how to measure the walls and then get them to write down the measurements in a book. This will be handy for you to have around for later on, plus it will keep your child occupied for an hour or so as they do it!
One of the skills you may not think to teach your children is how to spot for you on a ladder. It is important to explain to your kids why it is necessary to do this, and then show them what they need to do as you climb the ladder. Even if you don’t need the help it is important to show them how to stay safe when using equipment in the home or outside it.
Using A Screwdriver
Sure, you don’t want to trust your child right away with an electric screwdriver: but you can work up to it by starting off with a handheld one. Give your child a plank of wood which you don’t need, and let them play around with a screw and screwdriver. Once they have nailed this skill (pardon the pun) you can move on to letting them use an electric one. This is a relatively safe power tool to use and is the best one to introduce to your child first. It will let them get used to holding a power tool and using coordination to carry out small tasks. They will likely feel incredibly proud of themselves afterwards which is a great bonus.
Once your child knows how to control screws, you can move onto nails. Nails can be a little more hazardous than screws because you need to yank them out with a hammer: but this can be a great skill for your kids to learn. Show them a few examples on how to do it, and then let them start to remove the nails and collect them in a bowl.
This is a skill that you will likely not need to teach your child how to do. However, it is one which they enjoy and should make them useful during your decorating. Just pop the paintbrush in their hands and let them get to work. You could also show them how to avoid streaks on the wall as they paint. You can even let them choose the paint colour they want in their bedroom and let them do it themselves!
Organising Your Tools
Kids like to arrange things and put them in order, and it can be the perfect excuse for you to avoid tidying up your tools box full of screws, nails and other parts. All you need to do is empty the toolbox onto a table and let your child go through and rearrange it all for you. They will learn the skill of organisation as well as how to put and object in a group with the same thing.
Weeding is one of the more annoying gardening jobs which can take up a massive amount of time and stop you being able to tend to the rest of your garden. However, if you have a child it can be a great way to teach them about plants and which ones you want to keep in the ground. Show them which type of leaf to look out for when weeding and then show them how to pull them out. Let your child carry on pulling out weeds and collecting them in a box to later put in the bin. It will free up time for you to do other jobs like pruning and mowing the lawn.
Children love nothing more than to be creative and let their imagination run wild. If you want to give your child a fun job: let them draw out a sketch if their bedroom and decide where the furniture will go, what colour to add to the wall and more. It will keep them entertained for hours and they will love the job. You can even put them on Sims to create a room virtually and give you an idea of what exactly they want. It can be a fun way to play around with interior design and learn about space.
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