Several months ago my grandparents gave us their mid century nightstand. It needed some work, but the lines on it were beautiful. I decided to offer it to our daughter and help her paint it. She and I went to the paint store together while on a trip to Hobby Lobby (her favorite store at the moment, which makes this Momma's crafting heart happy.) And to my surprise she did not pick pink or purple paint. She picked a nice bold aqua. The paint store employees were surprised I let her choose, and it made me question, is this not common? A DIY project is a great way for little ones to focus on leadership, hard work and creativity!
5 Reasons Why Kids Should Work on DIY Projects
1. Shared Quality Time Between You and Your Child.
Is your child a perfectionist or do they work quickly? Praise them for their hard work and enjoy the quality time with your little one.
2. A DIY Project is Screen Free.
This is especially helpful in the summer when the days can feel a little long and you are tired of the pool!
3. Coach a skill they can use the rest of their life.
Sanding and painting, for example will help their fine motor skills. Teaching them how to use screw drivers, a hammer, paint brushes, etc are skills and tools they will use their whole life.
4. Watch the excitement of child, proud of their accomplishment.
There is nothing quite like completing a task you design yourself.
5. As a parent or caregiver we get to let go of perfectionism and watch the next generation learn a new skill-set.
It is so easy to take over and want to show the “best” way to do a task. While it is helpful to show them how to paint a wall or make a light brush stroke—let them be a child and explore creating and completing the task without hard rules. So much is learned through doing!
Do you paint or complete DIY projects with your kids? What is your favorite thing to make with them?
*Projects should always be completed with proper adult supervision, in a safe and responsible way.