08 May While you’re at home… home improvements that will keep the kids entertained
While kids may long for school holidays, parents often can’t wait for them to be over. Yes, you’ll start off thinking that it’ll be fun, but after weeks of ‘fun’, even the most patient parent will long for the peace of term-time once again. With this in mind, parents are under even more pressure from their little angels during this coronavirus crisis – not only has it lasted longer than any summer holiday, but the kids have been kept cooped up, away from friends and family, unable to run around and blow off steam, so we thought we’d help out with a few home improvement projects you can do with the little darlings to keep them entertained and you sane (that means no nail guns or excavators please).
With a mind for clouds and silver linings, an extended period at home has probably made you aware of a few things that could be done to make your home all the more wonderful (or maybe the odd job that’s been put off for far too long). So, here are our top four home improvement jobs you could do with the kids this spring/summer.
A fresh lick of paint
Yes, it’s messy, but that’s half the fun. Step one is choosing the right colour for your room. There are many apps out there to help you do this, but the one we’ve chosen to introduce you to is the Dulux Visualizer. It can not only show you what your room might look like in a new colour through augmented reality, but it can help you choose the perfect colour by just pointing and clicking your phone at anything and Dulux will find a colour match. Get the kids involved in choosing and viewing different colours on your walls. Step two is the messy bit. If you’re feeling brave, hand them brushes and tell them to go for it, though make sure the floors, furniture and the kids themselves are adequately covered. They can have fun with a variety of colours, can gain huge satisfaction from a job well done and, even if they make a complete pig’s ear of it, it’s paint, so you can always cover it over with your master craftsman touch.
Kids like to smash things up more than they like to build something beautiful. It’s just a fact of life – the giggles they let out when your attempt at a Lego tower collapses with a crash is far more likely than an awestruck silence at the majesty of the castle you’ve built that touches the living room ceiling. So, while ensuring that they have all the relevant protective wear and what they are breaking apart is not going to harm them, let them loose with a hammer on those built-in wardrobes or kitchen units you were looking to have removed.
Strip the walls
Another fun demolition job for the kids is wallpaper stripping. Unless they are older children, we’d recommend keeping them away from steamers, but tearing huge long strips of paper from the wall is incredibly satisfying and the kids will love to join in. It’s like tearing up homework over and over again. It’s work that often needs to be done and kids of all ages will have a ball doing it.
Green fingers and thumbs
It’s certainly on the lighter side of home improvement, but planting can be something the whole family can do together. Whether it’s herbs for the kitchen, seeds in pots that you can chart the progress of over the coming months, planters in front of the house to add a little colour, flowers from the garden in vases in the living room, or getting busy in the garden to upscale your landscaping. It can be a project for school with the kids doing a daily diary of their work and how the seeds are growing. The kids will be muddy, the carpet may get a little dirty and you’ll be scraping the muck from under their fingernails for weeks, but this could be a job that you can do over and over in the coming weeks.