Getting your kids involved in yard work can sometimes prove difficult. It’s nearly impossible to get my nieces and nephews involved when they’re around because they think it’s boring. So, what better way to get them involved than making it fun! I’ve learned some neat tips and tricks to get my kids outside to pick up a rake or shovel.
Show Them The Outcome
One of the best ways you can get your kids involved in yard work is to show them the outcome of it. Think about it; why would they want to help with something if they have no idea what they are doing it for. It’s a good idea to take them outside and show them what their hard work can amount to.
Whether it’s taking them to smell the flowers from the garden that needs weeding, or showing them the vegetables from the garden that needs watering, or even raking the leaves so the snow looks brighter when it falls or just for some good exercise. Whatever it is, show them what it looks like so they can have a better appreciation for all of the hard work.
Give Them Something Of Their Own
For my nieces and nephews, having something all their own that they need to take care of, makes them want to get outside. I created a flower garden just for them and when they are spending time with me, they can go outside and water it, weed it, fertilize it with some compost, and pick their own flowers. They’re aware that if they don’t take care of it, the flowers will die or won’t grow. They love taking them home to their mom, so they enjoy making their own creations when it comes to flower placement.
Give Them Their Own Gear
I have fun going out and buying new gear for my next outdoor project. Kids also love to buy things, even if they don’t know what it is. No, not all kids are going to appreciate a pair of pants or a pair of working gloves that get bought for them, but they will appreciate the things that they get to pick out on their own.
Who wants a boring pair of black gloves? Kids don’t. That’s why you should take them out and let them pick out whatever colors they want. It’ll get them excited to use them and they’ll be more likely to want to help. I also get some fun at it when I get to take a look at some string trimmers to help me around the yard.
Kids love to play games, right? You can turn just about any activity into a game, So why not make yard work fun by turning it into one. You could make weed pulling a race, see who can rake the leaves into the biggest pile, you can even see who can load a wheelbarrow up the quickest with leaves, compost, or whatever else is needed.
Not only can you make it a game, but you can also reward them for all of their hard work or offer an incentive. Offer them a special, healthy snack or even some money for their hard work. Who doesn’t love money or snacks?
Teach Them Young
The best way to get kids to help you with something is to teach them to do it when they’re young. This is a good reason to get them started at a young age with inside chores. This way, they’ll be more likely to want to go outside and help with chores. They’re already accustomed to chores, so going outside to help may not be too tough for them to do.
Bringing kids outside to do yard work is beneficial to both you and them. You get a helping hand and they learn the value of hard work. Whether it be from picking the vegetables that they helped grow, the flowers from the garden they helped weed, or even from playing in snow that has no leaves in it. No matter what, kids should learn that helping out is important, so take my advice above and get them outside.