10 DIY Tips for the Kids

In the latest issue of ReadyMade magazine which has been redesigned for Feb/March 2010, they share 5 ways to DIY with the kids.
1. Need to straighten art? Take out the level and let your kid eye the bubble.
2. Allow your child to use a hammer to remove nails from past projects. Give them a jar and stand by.
3. Demonstrate the measure twice and cut once technique. Teach proper cutting technique.
4. Teach your kid to use a bike bump to fill their tires as well as a needle with the pump to fill basketballs and footballs.
5. Let your child use a screwdriver to release chair pads you’ve been meaning to recover.
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6. Instruct your child how to organize your toolbox which at the same time teaches them about tools.
7. Kids love to paint! Make it fun and let them paint a wall first with the color you’ll be using then have fun going over all the new artwork with a fresh coat.
8. Always wear eye protection and show your kids at an early age how to handle a drill and change out bits. It’s the most common power tool they will grow up using.
9. Trust your child to help stabilize a ladder for you (even if you don’t really need their help, they will feel as if they are involved).
10. Give a child a project they can finish within a reasonable amount of time such as clearing an area of weeds or painting a gate.
photo: WoodleyWonderworks

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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