Category: Kids

Do It Yourself Projects for Kids

It is important for children to develop deductive and building skills as these will help them during their school years. There are different theories on how to encourage those sorts of interests, but I have always found that the best way to get kids involved in something is to make it fun.

Do it yourself (DIY) projects are something that many homeowners do regularly in order to get things done and save money. I thought that perhaps there must be some DIY projects that kids could do as well. Here are four I found online that you can try with your own children. Each will help them develop new skills and provide both you and them with some fun diversion. These are especially useful during the summer when kids are home and sitting around with nothing to do.

Mason Jar Animal Snow Globes

A real perennial, snow globes have been around for ages and you can make your own with the kids. All you need is a mason jar, a plastic animal figurine, and a handful of other low-cost materials. See more here.

Ocean in a Bottle

Here is a related project that will appeal to children who love the sea. This is also easily put together and provides them with something they can put beside their bed for those times when they want to think about the ocean.

Simple Wind Chime

Young children love looking at objects that are colorful and make sounds, hence the reason so many parents hang a mobile over their child’s crib. Here is a simple project that will allow you and your kids to make a wind chime for the side of your home.

Egg Carton Art

We used to paint egg cartons when I was a child, but we certainly didn’t come up with anything like this: a really lovely and colorful dragonfly.

Looking for more ideas? Pinterest is a great source.

Family Time Well Spent

I’m a father of two teenage girls and I know how difficult it is to get them to spend family time with my wife and I. There are certain activities that will get them definitely interested in spending time with us. These include vacation, vacation, and more vacation.

I know it sounds bad but when you’re trying your best to raise two teenage girls (hardest part of being a parent, I swear), especially as a dad, they don’t really talk to you very much. The only time they’ll give me is when they’re forced to spend time with me. This basically only happens during vacation when the whole family is together. Otherwise, they’ll go to their mom for any advice or information they need.

vacaWhen we go to on vacation, it is usually somewhere tropical and warm where we can just lay on the beach and do some water sports. My younger daughter loves sports and that’s one way that we spend time together. We’ll go water skiing or jet skiing for the day. And then she usually ditches me for her sister or new friends they’ve made. Hey, I’ll take what I can get!

It’s a bit harder to spend time with my older daughter. She’s currently in her rebellious phase, where she does everything the opposite of what my wife and I say. Sometimes it’s easier to just let her do what she wants instead of arguing.

The best times we have spend as a family is going on excursions. Typically the resort will bus us somewhere and we’ll do a fun activity like climb a waterfall or go on a party boat. During these times, we’ll laugh as a family and have tons of fun!