Doing home renovation projects on your own is fun, but if you manage to get your kids involved in the process, it can become a genuine bonding experience.
Kids are going to feel proud and all grown-up if you include them in home improvement ventures. They might enjoy getting their hands a bit dirty, and creating something together with you as well.
On top of that, home renovation brings change to the environment your kids have grown used to, so getting them involved in the project means less stress about how they will feel in the new surroundings.
Here is how you can get kids involved in home renovation projects.
Let the Kids Choose Materials
One of the best ways to get kids involved in the process of remodeling your kitchen and the rest of the home is to allow them to choose some of the materials for your project. Give each child one material selection to be in charge of, or put it up to a popular vote.
This measure gives your kids some control during a time when they may be feeling powerless—and you’ll also get to smile and remember their happiness every time you look at the paint color or cabinet hardware they chose.
Even if you’re not comfortable giving your kids full power over choosing an element of your home, you can still provide them with a say in the decision by selecting between a few choices that you’ve narrowed down.
Decorating a Pathway
A great outdoor activity can be creating a pathway with stepstones for a side yard or through a landscaped space. Even younger children can help paint or decorate pavers or step stones that you can lay out together when the weather is nicer, and later you can get back outside and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Laying Down Tiles and Flooring
Depending on the kid’s age, this task can vary from dry fitting 12×12 tiles to more complicated combinations of tile and stone. If your child quickly takes to it, you can have them spread the thin-set and lay the tile. Plastic spacers make most patterns foolproof.
The same goes for laying down the flooring—many manufacturers of flooring offer ‘lock-in’ flooring options that do not require nails for proper installation. As with tiling, participation can vary from layouts to the actual building.
Getting Supplies Together
It’s a big day in the life of a parent—the day your child takes his or her first steps into the local home center. Help them get acquainted with the aisles of supplies. Read signage and product labels. If an in-store recommendation is needed, your polite exchanges with store staff are great examples of problem-solving and reminders that we all need a little help from our friends.
Painting Their Room
Painting a room is one of the easiest ways to bring fresh energy to a living space without spending a lot of money. It’s also a lot of fun to get the kids involved. If you want to create a kid-friendly space, painting is the place to start. Get some paintbrushes (watch out for rollers) and let them help you pick out the colors for their playroom. They may want to paint scenes of animals, clouds, or anything else they are interested in. They’ll love the activity and learn valuable skills that will come in handy when they have a home of their own.
You could also allow the children to decorate their rooms. Kids will be delighted to get to choose their own carpets, wallpaper, lighting fixtures, and new furniture if the budget permits you to get rid of the old furniture.
Decorating Your Mailbox
Another fun, creative home project is painting or decorating your mailbox. Before you get started, check with your homeowners’ association to see if they have restrictions. If there is no limit, you can have a lot of fun designing and painting your mailbox to freshen it up or make it stand out. Imagine your children telling their friends how to find your house by looking for your unique mailbox on the street.
Planting a Garden
This is one of the most popular home improvement projects for kids. It can be done indoors or outdoors and can be as big or small a project as you want. Plus, it is eco-friendly!
Kids love getting their hands dirty, handling seeds and gardening tools, and of course, eating the food that they helped to grow—it’s one of the most educational and exciting kid-friendly home improvement projects out there.
Consider either an indoor herb garden or a small raised bed outside. These will keep kids busy and provide new fun every day.
Building a Playhouse
Children will have a lot of fun building something specifically for them to play in, and they’ll learn a lot about carpentry along the way. Young children are not suited for dangerous tasks such as sawing lumber, but they can help measure, paint, and hammer with supervision.
We hope you found this blog post How to Get the Kids Involved In Home Renovation Projects useful. Be sure to check out our post Your Guide to Updating a New Home with Children for more great tips!
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