Fun, summer ‘jobs’ the kids might not hate

July 25, 2017

in Lifestyle

 

As we’re well and truly in summer break now, you might be running out of ideas of things for the kids to do. A clever way of killing two birds with one stone is to suggest a job that’s cunningly disguised a fun activity! There may be varying levels of success with this tactic, but worth a shot, right?

 

Washing the car

Who doesn’t love a water fight? As long as it’s a warm day and you’re not in a rush, enlisting the kids in helping to wash the car could be a fun idea. Tip: you might want to set some ground rules with the hose and wear some really old clothes incase you end up dirty and soaked to the skin! Assigning them individual jobs will help to keep their focus (wheels, roof etc) and could get the job over with in record time.

 

Painting a room

Whether it’s giving them just a few minutes with the roller doing the really low or high bits you can’t reach, or if their dexterity surpasses yours and you delegate the fiddly work, let them have a go (think about whether it’s correctable first!) If it’s their room you’re redecorating, ask them for some ideas about what colour they’d like or suggestions for room features – giving them an input into the redecoration might just make them feel more invested and likely to play a valuable part when it comes to actually getting the work done.

 

Upcycling

You can prepare the furniture as much as you need to depending on their age and ability. Look in store or online for second hand furniture websites to find old children’s chairs and get them delivered by Shiply if it’s coming from a little far away. If they’re too young to be sanding down rough edges or get involved in remedial work, prepare the furniture to a stage where you can pass it on to them – perhaps buy something that needs minimal work or is already ready to paint. You’ll end up with a unique piece of furniture (for better or worse!)

 

Money counting

If you’ve got a stash of change in a big piggy bank or thrown in a drawer, see if the kids will count it up for you. It’ll keep them concentrated for a little while and I’m sure if you offered the incentive to them of being able to keep it as pocket money on vacation they’ll be more than happy to get to work!

 

Good luck!

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Lindsey Renuard is a blogger, YouTube beauty expert, and the Managing Editor of the Skiatook Journal.

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