UPDATED: Mar 24, 2020
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As your child gets older, he or she will get more interested in the things you are doing around the house. See this as a teachable moment. They’re probably getting to the point where they want to creatively express themselves.
This expression can be displayed around your home in rather destructive ways despite their good intentions.
Here’s your chance to channel some of their seemingly endless energy and expression into fun home improvement projects!
Now that you’ve made it through the baby proofing phase, you’re officially ready to have your child assist in some simple home improvements. You’ll find that there are plenty of possibilities. Here are a few projects around the house that you and your child can work on together.
#1 – Improve Your Home with a Garden
Do you have a bare space outside your home or rental property that you want to spruce up? Maybe you have a windowsill that gets a lot of sunlight. Either way, using whatever sunny space you have to make a garden with your child can be lots of fun.
Gather Your Gardening Supplies
Even if the “garden” consists of a couple of complimentary plants in a pot, this can make a very entertaining activity for you and your child.
You can purchase simple pots or planting boxes from your local hardware or grocery store and let your child decorate them.
Then you and your child can go through the process of planting the seeds or replanting pre-grown flowers. Throughout the months to come, you and your child can practice taking care of your newfound plants together.
#2 – Make a Bookshelf to Declutter
When you have a child or children, living a minimalist lifestyle can be difficult. Luckily, there are lots of things you can make with your child that can also help with your lack of space.
For example, creating a bookshelf with your child can be a great bonding experience. You can put your minds to work by planning out what pieces of wood you need and the measurements you’ll use. You can also buy all the pieces that are pre-cut and practice assembling it by following directions.
Either way, it can be an activity that really gets you both thinking and working together. And don’t forget, there’s always time to decorate it after you’re done.
There’s also an array of things that can be held by this bookshelf, such as:
- Plants (See activity #1)
- . . . and so much more!
Years later, the bookshelf can be a nice reminder of the bonding you and your kid did together.
Once you have built a bookshelf or two, you and your child can try your hand at building a toy box.
#3 – Get Your Sewing Kits Out and Create Some Curtains
This one’s a bit different. Honestly, it’s one that I wouldn’t have thought of until I was researching. But when I thought about it, I realized how fun it can be! Better yet, it can be a home improvement that saves you money!
I loved going to the fabric store with my mom and thinking up all of the possibilities for projects. If you have a child that loves to create, making curtains with them can be an excellent project.
Create a Learning Opportunity
Maybe you need curtains for their room or another “creative” space.
Going to the fabric store with your child will enable them to embrace their creative side.
Finding out how much fabric you need and what pattern you should use can be a blast for a child who loves measuring and doing simple math.
They can also learn to sew if they’re ready. If not, that’s fine! They’ll be just as happy with the completed curtains because they got to make them with you.
#4 – Paint Your Walls Together to Improve Your Home
If you need to spice up your walls, painting them with your children can be an extra efficient way to add some life to a room. Even if you don’t want murals on your walls, letting your child pick the wall color, whether it’s from a few select choices or not, can make them feel really good.
It can also give your child a renewed sense of trust in you and themselves because you’re letting them make the final decision on something so important.
#5 – Spice up Your Walkway by Making it Yourself
When I was little, I was given a kit to make my own stepping stones. It was honestly one of the best things ever. Getting together with my mom and putting the stepping stones together was an absolute blast.
The best part was after the stones dried because then we got to put them outside to see anytime we left or came home.
Over the years, getting to look at our handmade, personalized stepping stones and being able to reflect on the memories we made together while creating them, made us cherish the walkway even more.
I highly recommend this home improvement project if you have a child that loves to make things.
Parent Tip! Inspiring your children to be creative is extremely healthy and can help improve both you and your child’s mental health and overall happiness.
Spark Their Creativity & Put it to Good Use
You can say goodbye to the days of driving distracted because you’re rushing home out of fear that your child is doing something destructive to express their creativity.
When you work with your kid to expand their minds and creative side, you’re building a connection with them that is especially unique. It helps you both get to know and trust each other just a bit better. And believe me, that connection is definitely worth having.
Whitney VanNostrand is an avid horse rider and home improvement writer for Dickson Plumbing LLC, a plumbing company in northeastern North Carolina.