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3 Tips on Including Children in This Summer’s Home Improvement Projects

Summer’s here, school’s out and the kids need something to do.

As you contemplate your summer to-do list, from re-organizing the garage to finally fixing that hanging cabinet door, consider inviting your kids to help you. Few things are as satisfying as working with your child (or parent) and seeing the fruits of your labor.

Erika Riggs, from Zillow.com Blog, offers a few tips on how to include your children and keep them interested and safe:

  • Ask for their opinion(such as paint color or flower type) and really listen to it
  •  Stock up on kid-sized toolsthat will fit their hands
  • Create side projects— if your child is too young to actually wield a hammer, let them work with a kid hammer and some wood next to you as you tackle your project

Check out local kids’ programs for building and crafts — The Home Depot offers a series of kids’ workshops. This August, participating stores are running a workshop on “Making Pencil Box Holders.” For more information, visit The Home Depot’s Home Improver Club site.

Home Owner Net breaks down, into four steps, how you can involve your child:

  1. Design and planning — take advantage of your child’s unfettered imagination.
  2. Painting — what kid doesn’t love to paint? Put down enough protection so you don’t have to worry about making a mess.
  3. Installing — a great opportunity to show your child the answer to “why does it do that?”
  4. Building — nothing feels better than making something out of nothing. Share the joy with your child.

For more kid-friendly summer projects, visit Squidoo’s Summer Projects To Keep Your Kids From Being Bored.

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Originally from center city Philadelphia Fairmont section now called the "Art Museum Area" ( how fancy ) I now live outside the city in Devon. Licensed real estate (selling since 1980) broker with Keller Williams Real Estate in West Chester PA, representing sellers and buyers for single family homes, townhomes, condominiums, investment properties, rentals in Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties. In my free time I can be found at the movies (anything at the Ritz) the gym (spin class) or by the pool at my condo (Old Forge Crossing)
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