According to reports, adults spend less time doing DIY, gardening, reading and other activities compared to at the start of the pandemic. With this in mind, there’s never been a better time to embrace this pastime with your family.
It will help to improve your home in some way, while also encouraging you to spend quality time with those you love. Plus, you can learn new skills while you’re at it – and so can the kids. It’s a great opportunity to encourage the little ones to learn new skills that go beyond conventional knowledge taught in schools.
But which project should you start with? Here are some ideas to get the ball rolling.
It might be a good idea to compile all your tools in a toolbox, so that everything can be stowed away neatly. This will also prompt everyone to tidy the items back into the toolbox, rather than leaving tools lying around and causing an accident. Make sure any safety equipment is nearby and accessible too. This might include goggles, gloves and masks.
It’s sensible to highlight and explain the risks before you get started so that the kids can learn about what to look out for not only in this project but in future projects too. Then, when you’re all set, it’s time to get to it.
Build a bookcase
Creating a bookcase is ideal for your first family project. It’s relatively simple and can be achieved safely as a team. Woodworking skills are ideal for DIY as they’ll certainly come in handy for future projects. The kids will be exposed to classic woodworking skills like drilling, sanding and more. Then, at the end, you can paint them together. Another bonus is that it might encourage the family to buy and read more books after feeling fulfilled by their hard work.
Construct a treehouse
Who doesn’t love a treehouse? This DIY project is bound to get the kids excited to get stuck in. Go for something simple or go all out with additional embellishments – it can be a work in process, where you add new features over time. Think furniture, internal shelves, roof embellishments and more. This could be a great way to reuse materials too, giving the kids a glimpse into how you can upcycle items and give them a new life.
Make a bird feeder or birdhouse
Attract nature into your garden by building your own birdfeeder or birdhouse. They can be super simple to craft as well, making it a good beginner project. Choose from standing or hanging models to suit your outdoor space. Either way, you’ll be attracting colourful birds from all different species in no time. Depending on the design you go for, you could get it done and dusted in a matter of hours.
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