Woodwork projects to do with your children

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Woodwork projects to do with your children

Kids of today definitely know how to use their hands to work a TV remote, tablet or cellphone. But gone are the days when kids would play outside, colour in a colouring-in book (not a colouring-in app) and create things with their hands. Okay, so those days aren’t exactly gone, but they aren’t as popular as they used to be. Schools cover the basics in art and a handful of kids choose to carry on with that through to university.

But the next time your children get home from school and slump down in front of the TV demanding food and insisting they have no homework – it’s time to put your foot down. Take them outside or to the garage, take out some quality timber and do some woodwork together.



Everyone wants a treehouse but never gets one. Well, that ends today… if you have a sturdy-enough tree that is. Otherwise, you could always work on building a wendy house for the kids as well to put in the corner of the garden. The goal here is to build a space for them where they can relax and play outside of the house. Yes, it may be another room with four walls for them to hide behind, but there’s no technology for them to use so they can play around with their other skills and switch their minds off in a constructive way.

The bulk of the treehouse building you’ll probably do yourself, but when it comes to where the doors and windows go, passing along tools and decorating it at the end, that’s up to your kids. Keep them included in the process as much as possible because you really want them to like it. If they like it, they’ll use it and that means you’ve done your job of getting them out of the house.


Teepee tent

Not every garden can accommodate a treehouse or wendy house, but there’s still a “hide-out” option that you can build together with your kids to give them their space and freedom. A teepee tent is pretty simple to build.

To start off, you’re going to need four timber poles, the width and length of which will vary depending on how big you’d like your teepee tent to be and plenty of rope that will be strong enough to hold the four poles together. Then you’re going to need some canvas, nails and a whole lot of pillows.   

Teepee tents are simple to construct and can be up in a matter of minutes. If the garden isn’t a viable option, you can even build these for the kids’ bedrooms. Wherever it goes your kids will be happy to play in it and you might find that you enjoy it yourself.



Assembling a bookshelf isn’t too much trouble, which makes it an easy project for the kids to join in on. Planks of wood, nails or even just wood glue (depending on the size and average weight of the books) will put together a very simple but homemade bookshelf.

The fun part, of course, is taking out the spray paint or paint brushes and getting the kids to match their bookshelf to their bedroom’s theme. There’s nothing as adorable as seeing how proud your child is of what they have created and if there’s a chance that it will get them to read their books or put them neatly away every day, why not build one?



Another scheme to get your children to interact with the world around them and not just the catchy showtunes of their favourite Disney series is by building a birdhouse with them. Along with this birdhouse, you can give them the responsibility to put bird feed out every morning and get them a bird species book so that they can learn more about the winged visitors.


Nail and string artboard

This is ridiculously simple and you can give your kids the freedom to decide how they want to go about creating their string art. A plain timber block of wood, a couple of nails and a stencil of what picture they’d like to create is how you get started.

Outline the stencil on the wood with evenly spaced dots where the nails need to go and then it’s a matter of supervising the knocking of nails into the wood that you need to worry about. Make sure the nail is securely enough in the wood but still sticking out enough to easily wrap the string around.

Then you can hand over the colourful string to your kids and watch them sit for hours as they create patterns of different colours around the nail heads and get excited as their stencil design starts taking shape. So much more productive than playing Candy Crush on your cellphone.

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