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Lawn & Garden

Ideas for Kid-friendly DIY Home and Yard Projects

Want to spend time with your kids, but need to work on home projects? Have fun with your kids and get work done with these fun DIY home project ideas.

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Many parents wish they had more time to spend with their kids, but sometimes parents need to work on things like home maintenance and doing yard work.

But have you ever thought of working with your kids on home projects?

Having your kids help out with home and yard projects can be a great way to bond with your children while teaching them a little about home maintenance and improvement.

If you are looking for ideas of things to do with your children, here are a few fun DIY projects and home repairs that you can do with your kids.

DIY Water Sprinkler

One of the easiest and cheap DIY projects you can do with your kids is making a water sprinkler. This project takes just a few minutes to complete and all you need is a large used soda or juice bottle, waterproof tape, a drill and a garden hose.

Simply take the empty plastic soda bottle and unscrew the cap. Attach it and seal it to the hose using plenty of waterproof tape.

Safely, use the drill to drill some holes on the side of the water bottle that will be facing upwards. The holes can be located randomly and drill as many holes as you want.

Finally, place the contraption on the lawn and turn on the hose to enjoy your new water sprinkler.

Kids will enjoy playing and running around in the water during the summertime. Plus, you can save a little money by not having to buy a sprinkler from your local hardware store. This is a great DIY project for the kids to enjoy in the yard.

Here's an example of a homemade garden sprinkler: http://www.housingaforest.com/sprinkler-fun/

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Potted Plant Gardening

One way to get kids to start learning about plants and nature is through potted plant gardening. With some creativity, you and your kid can create a nice decorative table centerpiece using real plants and a few simple decorations.

To create a decorative potted plant, you will need the following:

  • Ceramic pot
  • Soil
  • Flowers, miniature plants or seeds
  • Colored pebbles or marbles
  • Gardening kit with shovel and other tools
  • Centerpiece - Ceramic figurine, miniature birdhouse, painted stones

Start by adding soil to the pot, but not filling it all the way. Add any seeds you have and cover them with soil.

For flowers and plants, you can use a small shovel to dig a hole and insert them in. Then cover the roots with more soil.

Adding a centerpiece to your potted plant can be fun for children and it can also make your plant look more festive. Some ideas for centerpieces include clay or ceramic figurines, a miniature birdhouse or painted stones.

You can check local arts and crafts store for DIY ideas for centerpieces. They may have clay figurines or a small birdhouse that your child can decorate or paint.

If you don't want to buy anything, then find some large rocks outside and have your child paint those. Rocks can be painted so that they look like ladybugs, caterpillars or other creatures.

Adding some colored pebbles or glass marbles on top of the soil can be a nice finishing touch to your potted plant.

Potted plants are a great way to start teaching your children about gardening. If you planted some seeds, then have your kid water them regularly so that they can watch them grow and enjoy the results of their work.

Here's a great example of what a potted plant centerpiece might look like: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/a33567/fairy-garden-how-to/

Painting

Another project that kids can participate in is painting their room or the backyard fence. Painting is not difficult to do and you can take care of the higher, more hard to reach places while your kids paint the lower areas.

Get some non-toxic paint and make sure your kids are wearing clothes that they can get dirty along with the proper protective gear. A plastic poncho can keep kids from getting paint on their clothes and a breathing mask might be a good idea for indoor painting.

Set up the area by laying down newspaper to catch falling paint and tape to protect the trims. Let your kid see how you mix the paint and then let them use a roller to get some paint and start painting the walls or fence.

Painting their own room is a task that a kid might actually enjoy as they will be decorating their own living area.

Homemade Bug Traps

Bugs can be a nuisance and bug sprays can contain toxic chemicals that you may not want in your home.

Fruit flies can are hard to catch and are annoying, but you can create a simple trap to catch and help get rid of them.

Start by filling a bowl with soapy water. Get a smaller bowl and add some red-wine or apple cider vinegar to it and let it float in the bigger bowl of soap water. You can also add a little sugar to the vinegar.

Flies will be attracted to the sugar and vinegar, but when they die, they will land in the soapy water.

You can also use a soda bottle filled with vinegar and sugar solution to attract flies. Flies will get into the bottle, but many won't be able to find their way back out.

Kids will enjoy watching their invention work and learn about natural  pest control solutions.

How to Bond With Your Kids While Developing Their Skills

Home and yard work doesn't have to be something that parents do entirely by themselves. Whether you are doing simple home repairs or looking for Pinterest crafts, look for ways to get your kids involved in the things that you do.

These are just a few ideas for DIY projects you can do with your kids. You can even set up your own DIY workshop. With a little creativity, home projects can be a great opportunity for kids to learn about home and garden maintenance while spending time together as a family.

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