Repair, and Remodeling Fun with Kids
Today’s post is inspired by my good friend Stephen, founder of Today Is Fun, a wonderfully idea-filled and witty site offering parents free daily adventures and tips making every day fun! Approaching a change in your life like a home remodel or update can be an interesting process for adults-imagine the excitement your child might have about a project in your home! Here are some fun ideas for involving your kids in your home improvement projects care of http://www.todayisfun.com.
But, Why? How many times a day do you hear this question? Give your kids a detailed, interesting answer. Explain the process, from meeting a contractor, to picking materials and colors, to having someone working in your home.
Tell your children why it’s time to make an update or repair and they will feel more comfortable with the coming change. Parents could have fun “hiring” their kids to find things that might be broken around the house!
Decision making-The Right Tool for the Job.
What a great opportunity to talk about using the right tool for a given job! For instance, if you need to hang a picture, then you need to first put a nail into the wall. Really, only one tool in the toolbox will work for this chore. It’s not the hacksaw, it’s not the screwdriver, it’s not the tape measure. It’s the hammer!
But if you need to open the battery compartment on a toy robot, the hammer is definitely not the tool to use! There’s one right tool for that job, too . . . Sometimes, more than one tool will work (for instance, one could sometimes use a drill or a screwdriver), but you still have to choose the right one.
Kids obviously need to make a decision as to the right tool to use for the job..
Kids playing with grown up tools.
Also, of course, kids can play with tools and pretend to fix things. These “things” in question could be a cardboard box, a chair, or any sturdy household item. Parents could choose to talk about real steps with kids, such as, “Okay, you’ve got your tools and you’re going to hang a picture. What’s the first thing you need to do? What’s the first tool you need to use?”
Finally, kids can sometimes, occasionally handle real, grown-up tools. The boys over at http://www.TodayisFun.com love to play with the family’s level — watching the bubbles move in the little, see-through tubes. Stephen’s five-year-old can pretty much use a level, too, much to my absolute delight!
Thanks to http://www.TodayIsFun.com for kid-friendly remodeling fun!