If you’re looking for ways to unplug your children and get them some fresh air, try these engaging outdoor projects. You’ll introduce them to a little pride of home ownership. Get your kids
outside and spark their creativity with fun, simple home improvement projects. Read up!
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!
Planting a Shrub - There’s some delayed gratification with this project — the payoff doesn’t happen until the critters find the shrub — but the fun factor is high when they do. Keep the digging to a minimum — one or two plants are plenty. Make a generous hole and have the kids fill it with outdoor potting soil, and put them in charge of watering as the plant roots in. Hold a contest to see who spots the first wildlife visitor. Nectar-producing shrubs that attract hummingbirds include Hibiscus, flowering quince (Chaenomeles), and Lantana. Butterflies like butterfly bush (Buddleja) and Potentilla.
Stepping Stones - This classic kids’ project never gets old — it’s gooey, messy, and arty. You’ll make the stones using ready-mix concrete or mortar; a 40-lb. bag makes 3-5 stones. Make your own forms with wood, or use old pans, aluminum cake pans, or anything that’ll create a 2-inch-thick stone. While the concrete is still wet, decorate with beads, tiles, marbles, and polished pebbles. Wait 48 hours until the concrete is dry to remove it from the form.
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.
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.