When you’re next looking to redecorate a room, build a shed or do a range of DIY jobs, why not let your kids get involved? They’ll probably be interested in what you’re doing and want to help out anyway, so this provides a great time to teach them about some simple tasks. For anything involving power tools it’s best to wait until they’re into secondary school before supervising them, but the following are a few DIY jobs they can help out with in a safe manner.
Measure, Cut and Sand Wood
You can use a plank of wood you actually intend on using in a project or start with a spare, and show your child how to use a measuring tape. Ask them to mark out a set measurement with pencil, working together if there are two of them. Then assist in cutting the piece of wood, ideally making it a thin plank where a simple and safer hacksaw will do the job. Finally, get them to sand down the edges with a sanding block, while making sure they don’t go overboard.
Lay Flooring and Tiles
There are lots of modern lock-in flooring options, that don’t require nails for installation. You could do the groundwork and then get your child to help out with working out the layout and installation, depending on their age. The same is true for tiling floors or walls; treat it like a giant jigsaw puzzle to get them interested in helping out. They can even help spread the thinnest for laying the tiles, though may need a guiding hand for accuracy.
Children of all ages can get involved with painting. Especially if you’re just repainting walls it doesn’t matter too much how accurate their strokes are on the first layer, as there will be another one or two on top. Letting them loose when repainting their own room will likely lead to greater enthusiasm and if they’re a bit older you could let them do something more artistic around the skirting boards if they want.
Holding the Ladder
Many DIY jobs require someone going up a ladder, though it’s not advisable to send young children up unless it’s a small step ladder. For large ladders that can be used for home applications ask one of your kids to hold the bottom, to teach them about the importance of safety. Even if they don’t actually need to be holding it, this is still good practice and should hammer home the point about being safe when doing DIY jobs.
Using a wrench is a good, fairly safe tool for many children to get their hands on. If you’ve screwed a few bolts into some furniture or a board then let your kids finish off the job by tightening them. It’ll be best when there’s a range of different sized bolts for some variation, where possible. Once they’ve had a go, always double check to ensure it will be stable enough.
These are a few easy and fairly safe DIY jobs your kids can have a go at and who knows, maybe in a few years they’ll be doing all the jobs around the house so you can put your feet up!
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