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Repair, and Remodeling Fun with Kids

May 15, 2009
Tools of the trade...         

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

Process, Please!

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.

If kids have toy tools, then they can bring their tools along as Mom or Dad makes minor repairs in the house.  Kids and parents can compare kid tools with grown-up tools.  How are they different?  How are they the same?

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 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 for kid-friendly remodeling fun!




4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 15, 2009 4:54 pm

    Hi Laurie, great post! I’d suggest doing a mention of safety. Warn children about the dangers of playing around the construction site. Nails, broken glass, released bugs, splinters and worn constuction electric cords all pose issues for small children. They should look but not touch. Or have Mom or Dad present to get their curiosity out of the way.

    John aka OrganizingLA

  2. wendy timmons permalink
    May 17, 2009 1:16 am

    Great post Laurie! Better for kids to have instruction than to “go it alone”. And they will- my friends son just got 9 stiches from “using” his Dad’s chisel.

  3. May 27, 2009 6:10 pm

    Great article, My kids are always wanting to help with repair jobs around the house big or small.
    Thanks for the good read. Jerry.

  4. June 2, 2009 4:34 am

    My Son Brandon Has the same tool kit Loved the post

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