5 reasons why I encourage DIY by my kids?

Like I always say my kids are my best teachers! Frankly speaking the credit and inspiration behind this post is my kids – who showed natural inclination towards DIY right from the toddlerhood and because of them, I actually learnt how rewarding and fulfilling DIY activities can be for kids.

DIY is Do It Yourself. The term itself indicates freedom to do anything and come up with something creative in your own way, independently and without any baggage. Read my 5 reasons why we should encourage DIY activities by kids.

They try, they fail, they learn, they succeed

DIY activities however small they can be are great confidence boosters. It might be as simple as creating a dough flower or coloring a small picture – kids take it as a project and try their best to complete it in the best possible manner. Recently read about these awesome DIY ideas that kids can try with flowers. DIY has no limits. It all depends on kids’ imagination which is boundless. In fact, sometimes they are hell bent to perfect it according to their point of views. My daughter recycles a lot of pages to get that one “master piece” of a drawing or son keeps arranging and rearranging Lego pieces to create “Fire Fighter cum Submarine cum Car”. DIY sets them free in terms of creativity, imagination, thinking.

For me as a parent, the final output doesn’t really matter much. The process of creating their own “something” makes kids very happy. A note to myself when my kids DIY: It might not be perfect, it might not look great, it might have many flaws. But it’s Kids’ creativity, time, efforts that matter the most and hence each DIY creation of the kids is always priceless and beautiful.

DIY improves patience, focus and determination

Only if they concentrate so much when they do studies! Jokes apart, I have found that DIY is the best motivator. They get an idea and they painstakingly work towards it with complete focus. Otherwise, my kids are impatient but somehow when they do DIY slime and so on, surprisingly, they are patient and ready to wait overnight for that slime to get desired consistency.

Making of customized Fidget Spinner

Kids do their own research, find out what will work the best for DIY project and with determination create what they want. Again, for me as a parent, it’s always nice to see them working towards DIY goal – howmuchever small it is.

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Sibling Bonding, Family Bonding

Do it Yourself, Do it Together – DIY has proved to be a great way to promote sibling bonding for us. We have elder girl and younger boy and as siblings, one moment they are at loggerheads and second moment they are all hugs and kisses. To bring them both on the same page, DIY projects help a lot.

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Some months ago they customized fidget spinners and came up with DIY design for it. It was very heartwarming to see kids’ camaraderie during that period. They also made Slime at home. Though the girl took the lead, boy helped a lot in his own little ways.

DIY pulls parents also in contributing towards the creation. Example: This Deepavali, we together created this Rangoli AKA Kolam AKA Diwali Decor together. Girl decided the overall design and color scheme. She also drew the outline and filled colors to an extent. Little brother helped to color the feathers of this peacock. Final shading and Deepavali light was completed by Dad.

Don’t you think DIY is an excellent opportunity for Family Bonding?

Health Benefits of DIY

Have you observed the kids after completing DIY? In my case, they become very hungry…After all, they really put so much – mentally and physically for their DIY. This mom becomes very happy when they eat heartily.

In DIY, it’s the whole body that works in Sync. Sight, touch, smell, taste and sound – all senses are put to use together. Kids’ brains are planning and hands are working. This whole body exercise is very stimulating. Apart from working on fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, DIY helps Kids to learn new skills and hone existing skills. This in turn boosts their confidence and self-esteem.

Also, the knowledge and skills they acquire during DIY projects are going to stay with them for life.

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I get to know my kids better when they DIY

When kids DIY, they are totally involved in it. What they think about surroundings, what are their interests, what they would like to become – all I can see and know through their DIY creations. Their love for parents, do they face any issues with friends etc. is all over written in clear and abstract terms when they sit and do-it-yourself.

While planning and discussing about their upcoming creation, I know their opinions about different things. They talk and express their feelings wholeheartedly. Every parent has a sixth sense and that enables me to see if something is wrong somewhere or all is okay.

What kind of DIY projects your kids undertake? What’s your role in it? Do share with me.

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29 comments on “5 reasons why I encourage DIY by my kids?”

  1. Maria Reply

    this is such a great example of good parenting 🙂 my mother did the exact same thing with me and my sister and the truth is sure, we failed a lot on most things, but we learned from those mistakes which eventually made us better!
    Your kids are lucky to have you 🙂

  2. thenafranssen Reply

    Way fun DIY! My kids love anything DIY. It makes them feel creative and happy, and our home is filled with all their projects!

  3. Blair Villanueva Reply

    I agree with all your points. Being creative will leads you farther and to more posibilities.
    Jack Ma recently said that it is a must to teach kids to be creative. Because this talent is something that a machine cannot and will never do.

  4. ktmommyscene Reply

    You guys are adorable. Your kids look like they had so much fun! My kids love painting projects, and painting themselves. ^_^

  5. Stephanie JNote Reply

    Wow! When you say creative you are not kidding. I love all the many projects you guys have done together. I especially love the art on your son’s shirt and the decoration he added to that Hasbro box. Very cool.

  6. yreviewme Reply

    Reading this post reminds me of my niece; just give her a piece of paper and she’s able to play by herself – be it drawing or writing on the piece of paper, or to fold something. Encouraging DIY really boosts creativity and promotes thinking out of the box. Your kids are doing great! I’m sure you’re a proud mom 🙂

  7. Maya Marzuki Reply

    Agree with you that we should encourage DIY by kids instead of just buying something ready. This is good for their creativity. Arts and crafts should really be incorporated into everyday’s life

  8. Yvon Lux Reply

    Love that you’re starting them young to be creative and playful. Who knows! You maybe grooming them to become the next world class designer, architect, artist, etc!!

  9. Words of a Texas Nerd Reply

    It’s been a process. I’m very OCD. So controlling things is a problem with me. I have a hard time stepping back and letting them take the lead. However, I’ve been working on it. I let them design Mother’s Day gifts for my mother and mother-in-law. I had them help with pumpkin carving for Halloween. I am learning that DIY is an important part of their development. That I need to nurture it more.

  10. emi Reply

    I am naturally a diy lover, ever since i was a kid. I love spending time alone doing some diy projects instead of going out playing toys with my childhood friends.

  11. Emily Reply

    Your children are really creative, Shub. I’m sure it is heartening as a parent to see how much they enjoy themselves will building skills.

  12. Paige Reply

    I love this so much! You are such a good and involved parent. You can tell how much your kids love you through their faces in these pictures.

  13. Ithfifi Williams / IthinityBeauty Reply

    You are teaching your children something wonderful, there are so many benefits of DIY like you’ve mentioned, its a great way of teaching them to keep trying and practicing things to further their skills and I love that siblings are bonding together. Your posts actually fill me with happiness when I read them 🙂

  14. Ankit Reply

    DIY activities helps kids to be mentally tough and physically fit..it also helps in bringing much more creativity within them.

  15. Isaac Tan Reply

    getting them to DIY stuff really brings out the creativity in them. My eldest kid is 5, and he loves arts and crafts.. not so into reading.Let’s hone his skill in this then.

  16. Rawlins Glam Reply

    My nephews and nieces combined their forces to produce arm bracelets for their mothers – it was a disaster with all the small beads and all – but their mothers were happy to the max when they presented the gifts. It was great bonding too.

  17. Felicia Grace Tan Reply

    I’m a teacher and I also agree on this totally! Children need hands on activity to get their mind run with imaginations. If only my students’ parents are like you, would be so great!

  18. Sudip Saha Reply

    DIY kits boosts their imagination and creativity. Kids enjoy a lot when they spend time with their DIY sets.

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