While kids are on a break from school, parents the world over are looking for ways to keep them busy and out of trouble. Young kids are bundles of seemingly limitless energy, so finding something that keeps them busy and entertained at the same time can be difficult to do.
Below, we’ve listed a few fun and easy projects you and your kids can do together to spruce up your house. Not only will they improve your home, but they will also give your little helpers an outlet for their boundless energy.
1. Give Your Mailbox a Fresh, New Look
Kids love to paint, so gather a few supplies, and let them use your mailbox as a canvas to express themselves. Your mail carrier is sure to appreciate the fresh, new look, too.
All you need to complete this project is some medium-grit sandpaper, painter’s tape, aluminum primer, and a can of spray paint in a bright, fun color.
Depending on the age of your child, enlist his help with each step of the project. Begin by sanding off any rust that’s present before taping off the address and/or flag to protect them from accidental coverage. Apply a coat of primer before applying a coat or two of your favorite color. Use stencils or freehand designs to make the mailbox unique.
2. Build a Raised Flower Bed
Raised flower beds are all the rage these days, and they’re easy to make. All you need is some lumber, a few screws, and some tools to build a flower bed fit to grow flavorful herbs, tasty veggies, or beautiful flowers.
Grab a drill and have your child hold the lumber pieces while you screw them together. Attach 2 x 4’s to corner posts to create a box that sits flush on the ground. Fill the box with soil, and have your kids help you choose plants that will go inside your raised flower bed.
This project is not only fun, but it’s also educational as it teaches children both physically and mentally.
3. Change the Drawer Pulls in Your Kitchen or Bathroom
You’d be surprised at how much changing the drawer pulls in a kitchen or bathroom can improve the look of the room. This is a great project for little hands as all they have to do is hold the new pulls while you use a screwdriver to tighten them up.
4. Build a Birdhouse
It’s lots of fun watching the birds come and go, so building a birdhouse together is the perfect project to not only keep the kids busy but to also teach them about wildlife, too.
Pre-cut birdhouse kits are available online or at any home improvement store. Have older children help screw or glue the pieces together, and let younger children personalize the house with paint once it’s built.
Kids are full of energy and are always looking for something fun to do. The simple projects listed above will help keep them busy and give your home a fresh, new look at the same time.