Teach Your Kids to DIY

landscape-1469563342-diy-kidsA child’s energy and curiosity make them ideal candidates for trying new things, including how to use tools and make stuff. Get them started with some basic skills and tools that will pique their interest and have them wanting to do more. An added benefit is the time spent with your kids and the memories you’ll create.

Sanding for Everyone
Sanding is a great woodworking task for all kids. Just give them a sanding block and a piece of wood and turn them loose. (Just keep an eye on them in case they get a little too enthusiastic.

Measure Twice, Cut Once
Teach children how to read and use a measuring tape. Ask them to take measurements all over the house and record them in a book.

Ladder Help
Let your kids help stabilize a ladder while you are on it. Whether you really need the help or not, they’ll feel involved—and thinking of safety.

Drive Screws
A powered screwdriver is a great first power tool to introduce to young children. It doesn’t spin as fast as a drill and the bits aren’t as sharp. Driving screws takes patience and coordination, which are both great lessons.

Remove Nails
Allow older children to remove nails from a past project and safely collect them in a jar.

Kids Love to Paint
Put a paintbrush in a kids hand they’ll know exactly what to do. Let them shop with you to select colors and have them help with paint prep, painting, and cleanup.

Pump it Up!!
Put a paintbrush in a kids hand they’ll know exactly what to do. Let them shop with you to select colors and have them help with paint prep, painting, and cleanup.

Pulling Weeds
Household jobs like pulling weeds and removing rocks from lawns can be a lot of fun for the really young ones. Get them started early before they view it as a chore.

Draw & Design
Designing a project is almost as fun as building it for kids. Allow them to be as creative as possible and try not to set limits as to what they want to design.

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