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How To Get Your Children Interested In DIY

Getting children interested in DIY can give both you and your children endless hours of fun as you start new projects and create things from scratch for the home. Your job when it comes to DIY is to make it exciting for the kids and to stop them from thinking that it is some form of chore. There are several ways that you can get your children to show an interest in DIY and here are some tips on how to spark their imagination.

Start a Project

The best way to get your kids involved in DIY is to simply get started and get them involved, the key here is that they choose the project, give them four or five options and let them decide what they would like to create. Make sure the project is to make something that will benefit them, something for their room, a toy or even a figure of their favorite princess or action hero. By choosing something that will benefit your child then they are more likely to buy into the project and feel excited about it.

Toy Replacement

If there is a particular toy or toy series that they are interested in right now then instead of heading out to the shops to buy what they want, consider making them. I can remember years ago when there was a huge demand for Tracey Island, the headquarters of the Thunderbirds, stock was limited and then all of a sudden a TV program showed every one how they could make their own and before we knew it every had made their very own Tracey Island. Such is the way of the internet these days you can find a guide for almost anything so once you’ve decided on the toy that you’re going to make, check online to see if there is a step-by-step guide to help you.

Treat

Whilst you are trying to get your child involved with DIY, it is important that you still offer them treats every now and again for their hard work, this will encourage them to continue doing it before deciding whether they like it or not. Remember that when you do DIY projects at home, you are saving money by not having to pay someone to do work for you so you can spend a little of the money that you’ve saved on your budding DIY expert.

Excitement

It is absolutely vital that when teaching your child DIY skills that you keep it exciting, the last thing you or your child needs is to be arguing or fighting as a result of doing a boring part of the job. It is up to you to keep the fun going, be silly, tell jokes or whatever it takes to keep things light hearted and fun, naturally there will be times when you need to be serious, when it comes to safety advice and so on but in general you need to keep the fun going whilst teaching your kids.

DIY Halloween Costumes That Your Little Ones Will Love

Halloween is one of those times in the year when parents the World over face the dreaded realization that they forgot to purchase an outfit for their little one. At times like this, it is time to get creative, search through all of the cupboards and drawers to find whatever you can to cobble together an outfit that is good enough for your child to avoid looking foolish. If this happens to you then here are some great outfits that you can quickly put together to turn your Halloween nightmare into success.

Ghost

The ultimate go-to Halloween costume is the ghost, all you need for this ghoulish outfit is a white sheet, cut the white sheet to size for your child and place it over their head. Once you have done this you will need to cut two holes for the eyes, make the holes larger than the eyes of your child as the sheet will no doubt move as they walk. If you wish you can add some blood to the sheet with red pen just to add to the effect.

Witch

Another incredibly basic Halloween outfit that you can lash together at the last minute is a witch. Simply take a black refuse sack or garbage bag , cut a hole in the top for a head and use a black belt to gather it in at the waist. For the witches hat you can use some card, shape it like a cone and use sellotape to attach, witches hats are very populous at this time of year so if you have time then you can pick one up in most grocery stores. To finish the outfit, get creative with your make-up to give your child a truly haggard looking face.

Gangster

The outfit of a gangster is very simple, black suit, white shirt, black tie, most kids already own such outfits from previous parties or events and it makes for a super cool Halloween outfit. You can get a little creative with the outfit by adding a pair of sunglasses or a toy gun and if you really want to get into the Halloween spirit then add some splashes of blood to the white shirt. Nothing says Halloween like blood and it will look like your gangster child has just made somebody and offer that they couldn’t refuse.

Ladybug

To turn your little one into a ladybug for Halloween all you need is a red cape or dress and some ping pong balls. Ping pong balls can be picked up cheaply and easily from any sports store, simply paint them black and attach them to the red outfit. For the antennas you can either purchase them from an accessory shop or use some craft wire to wrap around a headband and attach ping pong balls to the top. This is a great last minute outfit and one that will make your child stand out and look cute.