Most of us would prefer if our kids were busy with a craft or gardening project instead of being glued to a television or computer screen.
But how do you encourage your kids to get into D.I.Y. and build their skills, interest and confidence?
Obviously the key is to make it fun.
In the discussion below, please share your tips and strategies you've successfully used to get kids excited about making their own creations and growing their own plants.
It would also be great to hear about projects that kids love to do.
The following videos should provide some inspiration and ideas. Some of the projects featured include making play tents, soccer goals, puppets, masks, worm farms, garden pots, toys and games.
I find kids absolutely love planting seeds and watching them grow. Succulents are also great. You can also buy little terracotta pots really cheaply and get the kids to decorate and/or paint them.
I reckon a good old fashioned cubby house is a brilliant project to get the kids into D.I.Y. Get them involved right from the start, creating plans and salvaging materials, then introduce them to the tools.
My boys love the garden, especially my oldest son Tuscan. I can't pull my boots on without offers of help. I think the key was getting them involved really young. Letting them play in the dirt as I worked while they were babies. Getting them picking fruit for themselves. Planting seeds with them and watching them grow. Letting them water the garden despite the significant waste that inevitably occurs.
I find that if you can relate the DIY project to stuff they like, then you'll have no problems in getting them involved.
At the moment I've got my boys interested in building skate ramps and stuff. They love going to the skate park and this is something they can do related to that when they're home that keeps them off the electronics.
I've got them currently researching on YouTube how to make skate boards themselves. Might have a go at making a long board.