While it’s good for your kids to have chores to teach them responsibility at home, it’s also good for your kids to spend time outdoors each day. To help you accomplish both of these things simultaneously, try to give your kids some outdoor chores that they can work on this summer.
To give you some ideas of where to start, here are some great outdoor chores you can give your kids to do this summer.
Work In The Garden
Whether you already have a garden or not, working in some type of garden in your backyard is a great chore for your kids of all ages.
For small children, SuperHealthyKids.com recommends that you give them chores like pulling weeds with you or helping you water the plants or vegetables. But as your kids get older, you can give them chores like planting in the garden, building fencing to keep animals or other pests out, and harvesting what grows at the end of your planting season.
Even if you don’t have room for an actual garden, you can also bring some potted plants or herbs into your home, too. Your kids can learn the same lessons and responsibility from taking care of these smaller plants as they can from having a full-fledged garden.
Apart from working in the garden, you can also have your kids help you with other landscaping projects you’re wanting to take on around your property.
When your kids are little, you’ll want to supervise them for any landscaping project to ensure that they are safe. Some of the chores you could delegate to them, according to Amy Morin, a contributor to Very Well Family, are spreading mulch or cleaning out flower beds. As your kids become older and stronger, you could have them help with things like taking out bushes or building rock walls. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll want to leave things like removing trees to the professionals.
While your kids can help you wash windows inside of your home all year long, Alessia Santoro, a contributor to PopSugar.com, shares that summer is a great time to have your kids wash windows from the outside, too. As they do this, just make sure that they are being safe if they have to stand on a step stool or ladder in order to reach high enough. And when you’re giving them cleaning supplies, be sure you’re not having them use any toxic chemicals that could be harmful to them or the vegetation they’re standing on around your home.
If you’re wanting to have your kids help with more outdoor chores this summer, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you decide which chores will be the best for them to take responsibility for.