If you’re feeling a little bored during this time where we’re all supposed to be staying home, consider some DIY home projects you can do with the whole family. There are a lot of activities that can be really good for children to partake in. Getting the whole family together to work on a project will also help strengthen bonds between the family. Though it may seem like quality time together is the last thing you need, blowing off steam together by working on a project can be a great way to get through the stress of close-quarter living.
Here are a few project suggestions you can do with the family to help pass the time and do something fun while you’re at it.
Though we are going into the winter months now, this is a great time to start thinking about what seeds you want to plant come spring. It is estimated that in the next five decades at least 17 million acres of forest land will be lost permanently to urbanization and development. For this reason, gardening and landscaping is a great way, though small, to do your part for the environment. Consider planting trees if you have the land or large shrubs that can help eliminate the carbon dioxide from the air. Not only is this a relatively easy task for you and your family to undertake, but it’s also a good way to teach some basic science to your children.
Another great and simple activity you can do with your kids is repainting rooms. While it may get a little messy, so long as your kids are old enough to not paint the floor, they should be able to help you repaint some walls. And if you’ve just moved your home office to a smaller space — the individual workstation has shrunk considerably in the last few years, after all — a fresh coat of paint can help bring new life to an old room. Repainting a room can really change the mood of the house. If you’re looking to change things up but still keep it pretty easy, repainting is a great option.
Another super easy project for the whole family to partake in is cleaning. While this may not seem like a big renovation, cleaning can have a big impact on the home. Sometimes you don’t realize how much clutter there is until it’s been picked up and put away. You also may not realize how much more space and potential there is for actual home improvement renovations to take place. Once you’ve cleaned your space, you’ll have a better idea of what else you can do with it. Not only that, but cleaning is a good way to teach your kids responsibility and is something everyone should partake in anyway. Doing your part of the cleaning as a parent will help your kids feel more comfortable with doing their fair share. However, be sure not to lift anything too heavy — a human lifting a 10 kilogram box puts approximately 180 kilograms of force on their spine. You want to be sure not to hurt yourself!
Though more dangerous, teaching your kids roofing, as long as they are old enough to understand the risk and be careful on the roof, is a valuable skill to pass down. You can save a lot of money by taking care of roof maintenance yourself. Not only that, but learning how to roof is another relatively easy task. Four out of five homes in the U.S. are covered with asphalt shingles, and to replace them you simply tear the shingles off and apply the new ones. So long as you’re careful, it’s not very hard to do. The most difficult part about roofing is the fact that you’re on a roof. If you’re able to be safe, this is a great skill to pass along to your kids.
Basic home renovations are a great thing to teach your children. Someday they will have homes of their own and being able to do the work themselves will help them save money in the long-run. Additionally, your kids will always remember who taught them how to reroof a house or know which plants will do best in their environment. These teachable moments are valuable and will stay with your kids throughout their life. Include them in your projects so they can be more prepared for their own future projects.