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10 Ways to Let Your Kids Help With DIY Projects

Here are 10 ways to let your kids help with DIY projects so they learn valuable skills in a safe, supervised setting.

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Assembling furniture with daughterRonnachai Palas/Shutterstock

Assemble Furniture

Kids like to help out, so next time you buy a bookshelf or table from IKEA, get them involved. Show them how to follow the assembly instructions and the importance of making sure you have all the pieces sorted out before you get started. Here are 16 reasons why IKEA is a DIYers dream destination.

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Painting room with child on shouldersStokkete/Shutterstock

Paint a Room

They should learn how to use a paintbrush at some point, right? Get them excited about the project by having them pick out a paint color for their bedroom. Of course, you don’t want a young child painting an entire room, but depending on their age and skill level they can certainly help you out with the project by taping off trim, stirring the paint or even using a roller on the wall. Don’t forget to check out these DIY projects that cost less than $100.

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Child helping using a screwdriverSergey Novikov/Shutterstock

Fix a Door Handle

Small DIY maintenance jobs around the house are perfect for including children. Grab a screwdriver and show them how to tighten up screws next time you have a loose door handle. When was the last time you cleaned your door handles? Here’s how, along with more cleaning tips that will make your home shine.

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Father working wood with sonUfaBizPhoto/Shutterstock

Build Wooden Toys

Older kids will enjoy learning woodworking skills by making wooden airplanes and cars. Take them to the lumber yard, home center or hardware store to buy supplies and spend the afternoon working with them on skills such as using a saw and sandpaper. Then, have them enjoy the satisfaction of assembling the project with nails, screws and wood glue.

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Father and son making a birdhouse togetherHalfpoint/Shutterstock

Make a Birdhouse

A birdhouse is a simple afternoon project that will teach your child skills such as measuring, using a saw and painting or staining wood. Plus, bird-watching is a relaxing pastime they may also enjoy. Here are complete instructions for how to build a birdhouse that requires only a few simple tools.

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Parent and child working together on an upturned bikePressmaster/Shutterstock

Bicycle Maintenance

Bicycle maintenance is a skill that will come in handy as kids get older and head out biking on their own. Show them how to fix a loose bike chain, how to put air in a tire, check brakes and change a tire. Here’s a helpful guide so you can teach your child how to change a bike tire.

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Mother and daughter hanging wallpaperRawpixel.com/Shuterstock

Hang Wallpaper

Depending on your child’s age and skill level, have them help you out with home decorating projects such as hanging artwork or even wallpaper. Show them the importance of prepping the wall first and having patterns line up correctly. If they’re able, have them hang a piece or two on their own. Speaking of wallpaper, have you seen Joanna Gaines’ home goods line from Anthropologie?

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Father and son in matching flannel outfits working on a sinkPAKULA PIOTR/Shutterstock

Fix a Clogged Drain

Next time you have a clogged sink drain, have your little helper grab a wrench and show them how it’s done. Show them the importance of using a bucket to catch water and how to successfully remove a clog and put the pipes back together. Make sure you’re not putting these 12 items down the drain.

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Father and son measuring togetherLightField Studios/Shutterstock

Measuring

Measuring is an essential DIY skill they’ll use for the rest of their lives. So, any time you need to measure something, it’s an opportunity to get your kids involved. Teach young DIYers how to use a tape measure, the importance of checking their measurements and how to convert to the metric system, when necessary.

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Mother and daughter gardening togetherzlikovec/Shutterstock

Gardening and Yard Work

Get your hands dirty and show kids the joy to be found in gardening and yard work. Plant a vegetable, herb or flower garden together. Depending on their age, show them how to use a lawnmower and the value of having a compost pile. If you’re new to composting, follow our 8 simple steps to get started.

Originally Published on The Family Handyman

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