If you want to reduce screen time for your kids while encouraging them to pick up new skills, then get them involved with a DIY project. These projects are centred around ecological ideas and can motivate children to become more mindful of the environment as they grow up. Here are five fun projects that you will enjoy doing with kids.
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Design a Pond
Whether you have a large garden or a small outdoor nook, ponds come in all shapes and sizes and can fit into most spaces. Ponds are impressive yet simple DIY projects and can inspire a love for wildlife in children. They are a magnet for birds, insects, and amphibians and can be filled with different types of fish. What’s more, the addition of a water feature to your garden, and the natural sounds that come with it, can promote a sense of peace and tranquillity.
To build a basic pond, you need a strong container, some rocks, and one or two pond plants. Dig a hole, place the container inside and then arrange the rocks and plants. Once this is complete, just add pond-safe water, such as rainwater. Children can participate in all elements of creating a pond, and they will enjoy monitoring the wildlife that will eventually revolve around your pond.
Create a Raised Vegetable Patch
Kids will require a bit more help and supervision with this one, but it is a worthwhile project that can go on for as long as you desire. This project allows kids to gain some practical woodworking skills and will gain a sense of responsibility as they look after their vegetables. Not to mention the endless supply of fresh, organic vegetables you will have afterward. To create a simple, wooden bed, you need some quality wood, soil, and some tools to make the bed physically. All tools needed for this project, such as screws, a hand saw, a carpenter’s level, and a drill can be found at Tradefix Direct.
Construct a Bird-Feeding Station
Attract a flock of songbirds to your garden and enjoy the melodious tweets with a bird-feeding station. The great thing about this project is that it can be as extravagant or as humble as you like. Get your young one practicing their woodwork and painting skills with an ornate, wooden bird table, or simply craft a few ring-shaped feeders with wire. All you need to do is feed through a few pieces of fruit through the wire, make a ring shape, and then use some string to hang it up. Make a few rings, and then find a designated space to create your feeding station.
Make a Mini Garden
If you don’t have access to an outdoor space, then creating a mini garden with your kids indoors can be equally as rewarding. Terrariums are miniature gardens cultivated in glass containers. These self-contained ecosystems are easy to maintain and can be fun for kids to create. To begin from scratch, you will need a glass container, a few hardy plants (succulents are an excellent choice for this project), rocks for water drainage, and some potting soil. They are simple to put together and are easy for kids to maintain.