Nothing quite compares to spending some quality time with the whole family. Whether it is around the dinner table or watching a movie together, these times are special and precious. Times have changed however and kids nowadays, from a very young age are exposed to sitting with digital devices and hardly get to go out in the open air and work with their hands.
We’re here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be that way, at all! Why not involve the kids in everyday activities and chores around the house? Get them to help you work in the garden or fix the squeaky door or maybe to paint the house. Kids love spending time with parents and what better way to do it than have everyone making an item everyone could enjoy?
In this post we take a look at 5 of the coolest woodwork projects that you can do at home with the kids. We cannot stress enough that these projects should always be done with the help of an adult. If larger tools are needed, an adult should use it. Enjoy!
Get the kids excited about building a home for the birds in your garden! Obviously this is a more complex project, so adult supervision and help with cutting and sawing is compulsory. Firstly, you’ll need to draw a plan. Ask the kids to draw a birdhouse and work from there. Keeping it as simple as possible, of course.
Secondly, according to the plan you draw, you’ll need to go buy some supplies. To give you a rough idea, you will need four squares of plywood, a rod, some nails, and of course a chain to hang it. Follow these instructions and you should be done in no-time.
Once the pieces of wood have been sanded and put together, you can get the kids to pick a colour and paint it! A perfect project for a Saturday morning.
What better way to teach your kids to keep their things neat and tidy and organised than having them help you make a very handy crayon holder for them? This one is also not for little’uns hands, so please make sure you are assisting them every step of the way.
You will need some heavy duty tools to make the holder, as well as three pieces of wood, some clamps, wood filler and whatever you want to decorate it with. Simply follow the steps as stipulated here.
It is advisable that you do the heavy lifting on this one. The kids can help with the sanding and decorating afterwards, personalising it to their own liking!
What do kids adore more than sweets? Colouring and painting, of course! These plans will allow you to help your kids create the funkiest stamps to fill their days with artsy fun. And it is super easy. All you need is a decent (thickish) branch, a saw (to saw the branch in four pieces), a hammer, nail, screw, nut, chisel and some sanding paper.
After you have cut the branch into separate pieces, have the kids help you sand it. Then, using the tools as stipulated above, make indents in the wood by hammering it in the wood. This will give your stamps a unique pattern. Once you’ve got your pattern, sand it again a bit and off you go! To stamp heaven.
Kids love to camp out and just be out in the open. Why not get them to help you make their very own tent? What’s neat about this project, is that with their help they will have a tent for themselves that can look whatever way they want.
You will need four pieces of wood, a dowel, some fabric, ribbon, and a drill to get all the pieces to fit snug together. Your kids will love this special project, and you will have some extra quality time with them while making it!
This project is versatile, and can be made as a storage unit for the kids in their bedroom, or even something made as a gift. But we are pretty sure the kids would want to keep it close-by just because of the fact that it is their own handy work on display!
Follow these instructions and you should be done, quick sticks. All you need to make this storage case is 6 wooden rulers, 3 pieces of plywood cut into the correct dimensions, sanding paper, wood glue and nails to fasten everything together. So much fun for the whole family. If the kids are keen, they can even paint it whichever colour they want, just add their own personal touch!
We hope that this post has inspired you to get the kids involved in some fun DIY projects at home. More often than not kids will thank you for the time and effort you take to make handy things with them.