The modern, digital age is perfect for raising sedentary children that will one day become even more sedentary adults. With the rise of smartphones, computers, and tablets, it’s becoming increasingly more interesting for a child to spend their time in front of glaring screen than playing in the fresh air.
But what if there was a way for you to spend some quality time with your entire family, and get some household chores done at the same time? What if there was a way to make your little devils go outside and learn some valuable lessons in life as well? There’s no better way to instill positive values into their little hearts and minds than by giving them a sense of purpose by having them help with pending outdoor improvements. Here are some of the best projects to enjoy with your munchkins.
Create a backyard oasis
Tidying up the backyard doesn’t have to be a simple mundane chore, it can actually be a fun and rewarding project your kids will love! You simply need to give them a set of ground rules and let their thriving imagination run free.
From planting various greenery around the backyard, to raising a big flower or vegetable bed, and even putting up a birds’ nest, you can easily create a true oasis right in your backyard. Complement the setting with a garden table and some comfy chairs in the center, with lanterns dangling from above and your project is complete.
Do some exterior painting
Okay, there’s no need to turn your kids into full-time contractors and painters, but there are several fun and challenging projects they will most certainly enjoy. Simple things really, such as painting the fence, the doghouse, and the mailbox.
These might seem simple enough for you, but if you give your kids the tools and the freedom they need to bring their imagination to fruition, it will keep them occupied for an entire afternoon. Plus, you will have rejuvenated your curb appeal to boot.
Tidy up the driveway and front lawn
Speaking of your house’s curb appeal, one of the best ways to bring it back to its former glory and even surpass it, is to launch a full-blown overhaul of your front lawn and your driveway. You want to let your kids mow the lawn, lay down new soil and plants, plant their favorite flowers and greenery, and even a tree or two.
Next, by cleaning the driveway and applying durable concrete sealers and coatings for added protection you will not only let your kids play Handyman safely, but you will also bring up the aesthetic appeal of your driveway – a perfect foundation for the next step.
Make stepping stones
Now that the front side of the house is all shiny and sparkly, the time has come to add a personal touch to the ambiance. Think about making various stepping stones leading from the driveway to the front door, and from the door to the street.
Luckily, all of these projects are extremely simple, so to make stepping-stones you will be using ready-to-mix concrete or mortar. A 40lb bag equates to about 5 stones, so keep that in mind. You can use anything and everything you don’t need to make these, such as old cake pans, wood, saucers, anything that has a relatively flat surface. Decorate with pebbles, beads, marbles, and tiles, and you’re done!
Add some solar lighting
Finally, you can add a finishing touch to your home’s exterior by introducing solar walkway lighting up and down the premises. Your kids can add them along the pathways, patio edges, the driveway, or at the edge of the garden beds. A beautiful solution to bring some warmth and intimacy to the setting, you have to admit.
It can be quite difficult to get your kids to go outside and enjoy different forms of fun, especially in the modern, technology-driven world. Fortunately, by introducing these outdoor improvement projects, you will have no problem inspiring your kids to love the great outdoors.
If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.