There’s nothing quite like learning a skill that will last, but there are many DIY tricks that are not suitable for little ones. Here are a few activities, though, where children can help [and learn].

Measurements

If you’re an avid woodworker, or you’re just trying to get the kitchen cabinets right, measurement is an area in which you can engage the kids. Of course, for the sake of your project you will probably want to make sure you double-check the process, but it’s simple, safe, and helps invest them in learning some basic DIY.

Daddy or Mommy’s little helper

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There’s a ton of passing and fetching kids can do to make your DIY life easier without risk. It’s also a great way to reinforce the ‘don’t run with scissors’ option. From holding the nails for you to running to the kitchen for a cold beer, get the little ones active and involved.

Basic hand screwing.

While we don’t advise using an electric screwdriver until they’re old enough, you can start a manual screw in the hole and then let them finish.

As your kiddies age, you can gradually bring them more and more into the DIY fold. By the time they’re grown, they’ll have a wealth of useful tasks under their belts and never feel lost in a hardware store again.