One of the joys of
having kids is seeing them learn new skills and grow in confidence. Most
parents realise that giving their children the chance to help them with DIY and
home decor projects is a good way to encourage them to try something new.
for your walls
There are plenty
of ways you can get your children involved in decorating the walls of your
home. For example, you can order some nice Hello Canvas prints
using photos that your children have taken. If they are old enough you can get
them to edit the images and actually place the order. This is a great way of
starting to teach them graphic design skills. Later, they can use this ability
for other DIY projects as well as for their school work.
Let them do some painting
Potentially, even quite young children can help you
with painting. Start them off with a small project like painting a chest of
drawers or a table. When they are older and understand how to load a brush or
roller with paint you can let them move onto other projects.
Get them involved in wallpapering
If you prefer to wallpaper your home you could
potentially get your young ones to help. However, it is best to cut the wallpaper
into the right size strips without the kids being around, especially if you are
working with a double drop pattern. Kids can be very distracting, so any
complicated tasks that require a lot of concentration need to be done before
you get the children involved.
However, they will enjoy tasks like mixing up the
paste and applying it to the paper. When they are older they can move onto
simple tasks like cutting the bottom off of the wallpaper. However, it is still
wise to let them do the bits that don’t show, for example, behind the sofa or
other furniture. Once you are sure they are good at it, you can let them do the
more visible parts.
Kids are surprisingly good at tiling. They just need
to be old enough to understand the importance of checking they are level and
using the tile spacers. Again, set everything up before you get your children
involved, and lay the first run yourself. That reduces the chances of things
going wrong. Periodically check their progress, and continue to do the tricky
jobs like cutting the tiles. Grouting is another job you can let the kids have
a go at.
Where to get more inspiration
If you like the above ideas, you can find more here.
I particularly like the Lego table idea. It is an easy project to complete, as
well as a great way to encourage your kids to keep their building blocks tidy.
This greatly reduces the risk of your treading painfully on a piece of Lego,
which is an almost daily occurrence in some homes.
Don’t overdo things
The trick with getting the kids involved is to let
them do a little bit. You want them to enjoy learning about DIY and want to do
more the next time you have a new project. So, if they get bored it is usually
best to let them do something else while you carry on.