1. Container Gardening
If you’re planning an herb garden or just want to spruce up a window, invite your kids to help you plant. They can help choose what to plant, what containers to use, and with the actual transplanting process. It’s an opportunity to talk about growing food, to teach responsibility through plant maintenance, and to show them how home-grown food is used in the kitchen. Check out 7 Fruits and Vegetables That Are Easy for Kids to Grow.
Re-painting a room or outdoor area seems like a massive change, but it’s actually quite superficial (read: easily fixed if something goes wrong). So if there’s a fence that needs a face-lift, or if your kids have been begging to change the color of their walls, don’t be afraid to say yes. Work with your kids to choose a non-toxic color and prepare the room for painting. Then, give them a brush or roller, and have at it!
3. Bird Feeder
Backyards can be a haven for wildlife, providing a unique opportunity for observation and connection with nature. Attract more flying friends to your yard by using our tutorial to make a DIY milk carton bird feeder.
4. Backyard Beehive
As more people learn about the plight of the pollinators, backyard beekeeping is making a comeback. If you’re interested in opening a home for local honey bees, building your own DIY hive is a great project with tasks for all ages. Allergic to bees? Try this insect hotel made from reused materials instead.
5. Composting Bin
If you’ve got a garden, you might as well be composting. It’s a great way to repurpose kitchen scraps into the best soil treatment known to man. Your kids can help you make one from a trash can using this simple tutorial. For extra fun, just add worms!
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