When it comes to DIY, it’s easy to see your children as something of a hindrance. After all, it’s in their nature to make a mess, get in the way, and create havoc – none of which are ideal for when you are trying to hammer a nail into a 12” piece of wood in your attempt to build a bookcase.
But there’s another way of looking at it. When you are trying to get things done, your kids will be more demanding of your attention. The TV might keep them distracted for ten minutes or so, but the reality is that they will always want something before too long, whether it’s a playmate or something to eat.
So, how about getting them involved with the DIY projects at home? Not only will it keep their attention, but you will be giving them some invaluable life skills. Your kids will grow up more creative, handy, and know how to make something from nothing. With this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the things you can get them to help you with.
Obviously, there are a few things that you absolutely should not let your kids do. Heavy duty tools and materials are not a good mix for youngsters, and should only be used under strict supervision. And bear in mind that when they see mum or dad doing something in real life, they will often act out those very same actions later on in the day when they are playing. So keep your tools well out of harm’s way, and consider investing in a toy DIY set for them to use instead.
So, what can you get your child involved with when it comes to DIY? Painting is the perfect starting point, as long as you are using chemical-free paints. They could help you clean the brushes, use stick rollers to paint walls, or even assist you with sticking down border protection if they are dexterous enough.
Sticking, pasting, glueing
Kids can help you with pasting wallpaper, too, as well as using glue products to stick things together. You can pick up a glue gun from somewhere like Glue Guns Direct and teach them how to use that once they have a little experience, too. As long as you are aware of the safety dangers and they understand they can only play with adhesives with mum or dad, you can provide them with plenty of opportunities for DIY fun.
The helping hand
Children can also be an invaluable assistant when it comes to passing you nails or screws. Once they are old enough to understand basic measurements, you will quickly find that your children are more than capable of measuring with tape or a metre ruler, too.
It’s all about experience
Finally, DIY is a good way to get a good safety message across, and the experience should prove invaluable for your kids. Get them some safety goggles, for example, and make sure they are always wearing them at all times. As your kids start to get more experience, you can start showing them how to use more dangerous items. We’re talking chainsaws and blowtorches here, of course, but simple things like small hammers and nails. Introduce one or two tools at a time, and give them the opportunity to master each one in turn.