If your kids say they’re bored and have nothing to do, give them a DIY project! Not only will they learn important skills that will help them in years to come, but these tasks can take a load off your to-do list. Here are five DIY tasks your kids can do around the house.
Help in the Yard and Garden
If you have a vegetable garden or flower beds, your child can help with some regular garden upkeep. Help them identify weeds and how to pull them up from the root. Then put them to work on weeding the garden and flower beds. They can also help collect garden-ready produce and when it comes time, you can teach them how to dead-head flowers. Finally, have them water the plants to help them stay healthy. If your lawn needs to be mowed, most kids ages 10 and up can handle a push or walk-behind mower. You may have to help them fill it up with gasoline and get it started, but most kids can handle mowing a flat lawn.
Clean Off the Deck and Patio
Cleaning off the deck, porch or patio is a task that is certainly doable for most kids. Have them sweep off the area, remove any cobwebs and wipe down furniture. They can also help set up the area for a cookout or gathering by arranging furniture and accents such as outside pillows, candles and lanterns.
Organize the Garage or Basement
While kids may not be able to organize everything in the garage or basement, they can certainly tackle some areas that need tidying. Start this DIY task by having them organize their own stuff, such as their sporting equipment and outdoor toys.
Clean the Bathroom
Children 10 years of age and older can certainly take on bathroom cleaning as one of their DIY tasks, whether daily or weekly—depending on how often it is needed. Show them how to clean the toilet, wipe down the sink and counter and scrub the shower. (Of course, be sure your kids aren’t using any harsh chemical cleaners.) Have them finish by sweeping or vacuuming the bathroom floor and organizing bathroom products on the vanity.
Help With the Laundry
Do you feel comfortable having your child help with the laundry? If so, this can be a great DIY task and a big help to you! Show them how to strip the beds and start a load of sheets. Perhaps washing towels can be a DIY task they can do once or twice a week. Show them how to properly use the washer and dryer and how to make the beds and fold the towels when they are done.