There are plenty of fun things you can do to bond with your kids, but one of the best ways to bond with them is to show them different DIY skills as they grow up. Teaching your kids easy skills can be fun, informative, and give your kids helpful skills they need later in life.

If you’re looking for skills to teach your kids, try these:

Tinkering Around With Things

Let’s say you’re working on a project that requires you to hammer in some nails or tighten something. You can teach your kids some skills like using a hammer safely by giving them a woodblock that they can hammer nails into. They’ll have fun, and you won’t have to worry about anything getting damaged.

If you’re tinkering around with DIY projects around the house, use it as an opportunity to teach your child or children about different tools. You can go shopping at a hardware store, point out different tools, and explain what they’re for. If you’re dealing with a project like a leaky pipe, you can show them different tools used to fix sinks and toilets. It’s estimated that 10% of United States households have leaks in their plumbing that can waste up to 90 gallons of water per day, so you can show your child why it’s important to tighten seals and fix leaks right away.

Gardening

If there’s one thing kids love in the spring and summer, it’s playing outside. If you’re a parent, why not use that opportunity to show them some fun skills? If you have a backyard garden, you can section off a small area of it and let your child work. You can show them proper techniques in the area that you’re working on, or you can give them a spade and some gloves and let them dig around in their area. This teaches them the importance of garden maintenance and the importance of looking after things since the garden needs to be monitored for crops and plants to grow.

You might also consider taking your child shopping at a gardening center to teach them about different plants, different tools used for gardening, and how to plant different flowers.

Cooking

Every child is one day going to grow up and have to cook for themselves. So why not start your children off while they’re young? It doesn’t mean they have to become a grill master or command the kitchen from a young age, but you can show them basic techniques they can use as they get older. For example, you can show them the proper way to use the equipment around the kitchen like the stove and other appliances. You can show them basic cooking techniques such as making eggs on the stove or popcorn in the microwave.

Make Them Feel A Part Of Something

Children will be more than thrilled to learn new skills if they feel like they’re a part of it. If you’re inspecting your roof–something that should be done twice a year–you can have your child hand you tools and help you inspect the roof (from the ground level). This will make them feel important and make them feel like they helped. The same thing goes if you’re putting up a vinyl fence in your backyard since it’s proven to be stronger than wood. As you put up fence posts, your child can hand you materials. You could also have them stand where posts need to go before they’re placed.

By teaching your child DIY skills, they’ll learn new things, they’ll have fun, and they’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as they help complete projects around the house. There’s plenty you can show them by shopping for materials at the store, but you can also have them pitch in once the project gets underway at home.