10 Ways Your Kids Can Help You DIY

Kids are usually ready, willing and able to help you with your do-it-yourself project and it can be a great opportunity to spend quality time together as well as teach them a new skill. You might also create some fun memories.

1. Need to straighten art? Take out the level and let your kid eye the bubble.

2. Allow your child to use a hammer to remove nails from past projects. Give them a jar and stand by.

3. Demonstrate the measure twice and cut once technique. Teach proper cutting technique.

4. Teach your kid to use a bike bump to fill their tires as well as a needle with the pump to fill basketballs and footballs.

5. Let your child use a screwdriver to release chair pads you’ve been meaning to recover.

6. Instruct your child how to organize your toolbox which at the same time teaches them about tools.

7. Kids love to paint! Make it fun and let them paint a wall first with the color you’ll be using then have fun going over all the new artwork with a fresh coat.

8. Always wear eye protection and show your kids at an early age how to handle a drill and change out bits. It’s the most common power tool they will grow up using.

9. Trust your child to help stabilize a ladder for you (even if you don’t really need their help, they will feel as if they are involved).

10. Give a child a project they can finish within a reasonable amount of time such as clearing an area of weeds or painting a gate.


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  • Peter Costello
    3 Mar ’13 at 9:38 pm

    One thing I let our boys help with is tightening bolts with the socket set. They love it and then they get to say. “Dad, look at the table WE built” Ace!

  • Built by Kids
    4 Mar ’13 at 9:44 am

    Thanks for the comment @petercostello:disqus! That’s brilliant!!! Sockets are great.

  • Built by Kids
    4 Mar ’13 at 9:44 am

    We’d love to see some photos next time.