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Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

Most of us would prefer if our kids were busy with a craft or gardening project instead of being glued to a television or computer screen. 

 

But how do you encourage your kids to get into D.I.Y. and build their skills, interest and confidence? 

 

Obviously the key is to make it fun. 

 

In the discussion below, please share your tips and strategies you've successfully used to get kids excited about making their own creations and growing their own plants. 

 

It would also be great to hear about projects that kids love to do.

 

The following videos should provide some inspiration and ideas. Some of the projects featured include making play tents, soccer goals, puppets, masks, worm farms, garden pots, toys and games. 

 

Jason

 

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Isobel
Valued Contributor

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

I find kids absolutely love planting seeds and watching them grow. Succulents are also great. You can also buy little terracotta pots really cheaply and get the kids to decorate and/or paint them.

 

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Mick
Junior Contributor

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

I reckon a good old fashioned cubby house is a brilliant project to get the kids into D.I.Y. Get them involved right from the start, creating plans and salvaging materials, then introduce them to the tools. 

Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

A billy cart is another classic project...

 

timjeffries
Established Contributor

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

My boys love the garden, especially my oldest son Tuscan. I can't pull my boots on without offers of help. I think the key was getting them involved really young. Letting them play in the dirt as I worked while they were babies. Getting them picking fruit for themselves. Planting seeds with them and watching them grow. Letting them water the garden despite the significant waste that inevitably occurs.

 

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Dale
Established Contributor

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

I find that if you can relate the DIY project to stuff they like, then you'll have no problems in getting them involved.

 

At the moment I've got my boys interested in building skate ramps and stuff.  They love going to the skate park and this is something they can do related to that when they're home that keeps them off the electronics.

 

I've got them currently researching on YouTube how to make skate boards themselves.  Might have a go at making a long board.

Andy_Mann
Trusted Contributor

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

I'm a classic case of a kid being allowed to have a go, & although it was 60 years ago, it's still a fond memory.
As a bit of background, I was a born gentleman, I let my twin sitter have first dibs & as a consequence, I was tiny. I mean, tiiiiiny.
I loved being the littlie, it gave the extra urge (though I was never pushy) to do stuff like the big people.
Dad was going to paint our kitchen cupboard doors, he'd laid them out on the back lawn, & my big brother was the designated helper. I was only 6, so wasn't asked to give a hand. I was dying to have a go, & it became clear that my big brother was doing it under sufferance. Dad saw that I was busting to have a go, so he found a little paint brush, & let try the inside of a door. I still remember the smile on his face when he saw what I'd done, he gave me the bigger paint brush that my brother had left behind, & I was allowed to paint the front of the doors with my hero Dad. : )
Lesson to all, some kids won't be interested, so don't force it, but let the one that wants to have a go, have a go, it could become a wonderful memory for you both.
Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

School holidays start tomorrow for many kids. Have you got any D.I.Y. projects planned with your kids?

 

Jason

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CathD
Super Contributor

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

I really like this Lego table.

 

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CathD
Super Contributor

Re: Getting your kids into D.I.Y.

This was a cute one...

 

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