A UK company called Victorian Plumbing has a suggested that a creative way to stave off boredom is to get the kids involved in some DIY.
As well as being educational and entertaining for little ones, a spot of DIY can also provide them with some life skills, which could prove useful for setting them to work on tasks around the house.
Here are eight tasks that you could set them to work on.
Make A BirdHouse
This is the type of DIY task kids love getting stuck into, and it will help them learn all about nature. Your little helper can design and build their very own bird home with a helping hand, obviously.
Top Tip: Keep the excitement flowing by encouraging your child to monitor the birdhouse visitors. And, continue the learning by searching online for interesting facts about each wild guest.
Painting is an essential DIY skill they’ll use for the rest of their lives. So, if an outdated room needs a spruce up, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your child involved. Teach young DIY'ers how to prepare a room for painting, and the importance of covering furniture.
Top Tip: Before your child begins to paint, get the area ready. Tape off areas not to be painted, and paint a border around the wall so the child can paint within.
Practice makes perfect, right? Get a large scrap of old wood, and let your children practice using a tape measure, tightening screws, and hammering nails. But, to avoid any injuries make sure your child is fully equipped with protective wear.
Top Tip: Introduce tools one at a time, allowing them to examine and get to know the tool before starting to use. Practise holding the tool safely, talk about how to use it and how to carry it.
Turn Trash Into Treasure
With a little dirt, you can turn any household item into a repurposed planters for your vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Your children can learn all about sustainability by repurposing their old toys, coffee cups, and tea tins.
Top Tip: For your impatient little ones use quick-sprouting seeds such as sunflower, cress and salad seeds.
Grab any old pieces of wood, or bits of any old furniture. Lay them out on a protective sheet, and let the kids sand them down until they are smooth. Once smooth, let them decorate with glitter, paint, and all things colourful.
Top Tip: Introducing power tools to children can be scary, start with a screwdriver. It doesn’t spin fast and doesn’t have sharp parts.
Dismantling and Putting Back Together
If you have any broken gadgets lying around, let your little DIYers dismantle and reassemble them. Kids get the chance to unscrew and put things back together, the perfect entertaining and educational activity.
Top Tip: Avoid using any electronic items, as they may still have dangerous parts attached and they might hold voltage.
Bikes are essential to every kid’s childhood, so learning how to fix them will come in handy as they get older and start to ride independently. Start by showing them the basics: check brakes are working correctly, fix a loose chain, how to change a tire and add air.
Top tip: Bike maintenance can be a dangerous task, spinning wheels, brake rotors, chain, and cogs are all dangerous for little fingers. Teach your child how to prevent injuries with protective wear, such as eye goggles.
Fixing Squeaky Hinges
Little DIY maintenance jobs around the house are a great way to get your children involved. Your little helper can assist in tightening squeaky door hinges and door handles. Introduce your child to the different tools and equipment you can use for small DIY jobs.
Top tips: When a tool isn’t being used, teach your child about how to store properly. For example, putting nails away in boxes and screwdrivers in draws.