With kids home throughout the holidays, you may be looking for something fun for them to do. Instead of letting them spend all their time playing video games, get them involved in some household projects that you can work on together.
Asking your kids for their ideas and for help with designs gets the process started. Children are very creative and imaginative; they may think of things you hadn’t considered. They can visit websites and look at magazines and books from the library, and then discuss their ideas with you. They learn how to research a project, how valuable their input is, and the importance of sharing ideas with others.
Kids can be in charge of tools; younger ones can coordinate them and hand you what you need, and older ones can use certain tools. They can learn to use a level, a tape measure, and a screw driver, along with the adage “measure twice, cut once”.
Working on any project teaches patience, including checking for all parts before beginning a project. For example, if an older child will be helping you put together a bicycle for a younger child’s Christmas present, they learn to be organized and focused, and they develop pride in creating the finished product. Younger helpers will also learn to clean up after a project; they can help rinse out paint brushes, return tools to their rightful place, and help pick up trash.
Project ideas to work on with your kids include landscaping (pulling weeds, planting flowers and small trees), adding solar lights to a walkway (measuring, inserting lights), painting a chalkboard wall or a small section on a wall, painting your mailbox, building a sandbox, and building a birdhouse. Your local home improvement store will have ideas, instructions, and supplies for whatever projects interest you and your kids. For more information, please contact:
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL