By Guest Blogger Rose Morrison
Summer is an excellent time for home projects, but it can be a tricky process when the kids are on break from school. Incorporating your whole family into your summer activities is a great way to bond, teach life skills and entertain them when they’re away from their friends. Here are a few summer projects your children can help with!
Create a Garden
Summer is the perfect planting season. You and your family can create a garden bed for growing fruits, vegetables and flowers.
Dig up a site for your plants, create a raised garden bed, or grow items in pots or containers. No matter which method you choose, having a garden is a great way to beautify your space, produce delicious food or cultivate beautiful flowers. Planting crops and watching them grow is a great way to teach kids about caring for the land and growing their food, while also giving them a project that they can be responsible for all summer long!
Summer is a great time to paint as long as the humidity isn’t too high. Warm temperatures and the summer breeze make it easy to open the windows as your whole family brightens your space with a new look. Open windows help to dissipate some of the paint fumes, while also allowing your paint to dry faster, too!
Painting your exterior is another excellent summer project and helps to brighten up your house and increase your curb appeal. Let children paint part of the siding with brushes or allow older kids to help with a sprayer. You can make your family feel even more involved by letting them choose the paint color and some new indoor or outdoor decor to match the fresh paint.
Make Bird Feeders
A bird feeder is a fun craft on a summer day and can benefit your outdoor plants! When you have birds around, they can eat the predatory insects that can attack your crops, allowing your garden a safer space to bloom.
There are many ways to create feeders, but an easy DIY for kids of all ages is to cover a pine cone with peanut butter and birdseed. Hang the feeders on branches or yard hooks to attract feathered friends, but watch out for sassy squirrels!
Summer is a great time to power wash your exterior, eliminating the dirt and grime from winter snow and spring mud. While your children should never use a power washer, they often enjoy seeing the spray instantly clean your siding, gutters and patios.
Power washing can serve as entertainment as long as your children are at a safe distance away with a trusted adult present. Have them direct where the spray will go to make different pictures as you clean. They’ll love seeing you carve out their favorite emojis, animals or even their name on the side of the house.
A terrarium is a fun craft for you and your children to enjoy watching this summer; the whole family can make their own mini ecosystems to grow plants with only a few supplies.
Layer pebbles, horticultural charcoal, and potting soil into a container like a glass jar or clean fish bowl. Then, plant small flowers or shrubbery — examples include tropical ferns, mosses and air plants. Most of these plants thrive in a low-light, humid environment.
You can set them in a window for a fun summer decor item. Have your kids decorate and care for their terrariums, letting them take pride in what they’re growing throughout the season and beyond!
Getting your kids involved with your summer projects can help them feel like a part of your home’s decision-making process. This can boost their confidence by letting them know you trust them to help out! These projects are great learning opportunities made fun and provide screen-free activities to do together all summer long.
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Categories: DIY, Homeowner, Shorewest Tips
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