INSIDE: 10 fun ways to beautify your community and help your neighbors with 10 easy family neighborhood projects.
What are you doing this weekend? Why not get outside, walk the neighborhood and see what you can do to make your neighborhood a little more welcoming and clean!
Whether you live in an urban jungle or sprawling suburbia, there are probably lots of big and small ways to beautify your neighborhood.
Read on for 10 fun and easy family neighborhood projects to tackle this weekend. And give you and all your neighbors a pretty place to come home too.
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10 Fun and Easy Family Neighborhood Projects
It’s amazing what 2-3 hours on a weekend can do to transform an area of your neighborhood. Do it as a family or make it a community effort by including neighbors and friends!
Clean Up A Neighbor’s Yard
Help an elderly neighbor clean up their yard by offering to pull weeds, clean up dead bushes or repaint new seasonal flowers. Make it a community effort by having the kids ask their friends to pitch in!
What to have on hand when cleaning up a yard?
– Trash bags and ties
– Gardening gloves (Got small hands? Try these kid-sized work gloves!)
– Small gardening shovels
– Screwdrivers (Great for getting weeds in tight places)
– Weed puller
– Heavy duty loppers
Make and Plant Seed Bombs
Transform any empty space in need of some color and pretty blooms with DIY seed bombs. These are a great outdoor activity for the kids or community service project for teens.
Build a Little Free Library
A great way to get to know neighbors and build an instant sense of community is through a Little Free Library. Host a Grand Opening and encourage the neighbors to bring books to help stock the library, or to donate to a local literacy program. Learn more about Little Free Libraries here.
10 Easy Ways to Give Back In Your Neighborhood
Have a ‘Kids at Play’ Sign Party
Do you live in a busy area? Invite the neighbors over for a sign-making party to remind drivers to slow down and that kids are busy at play. Or maybe just give drivers a friendly reminder to ‘Have a Nice Day!’
Paint and Distribute Kindness Rocks
Kindness rocks are not only a great keep-busy activity for the kids but are so fun to leave around the neighborhood. Invite the neighbor kids over for a rock painting party.
To keep the paint to last throughout the seasons, give them a coat of gloss enamel spray.
Sell Lemonade, Give Back to Your Neighborhood
Set up an old-fashioned lemonade stand (assuming your area allows them 😀) and use the proceeds to give back to the neighborhood. Like purchasing a bench for kids to sit at when waiting for the school bus or to buy seasonal flowers for the communal neighborhood areas.
How to Make Your Neighborhood Pretty and Clean
Paint a Community Mural
Is there an empty space in the neighborhood that is calling out for color and creativity? Why not invite the neighbors to a mural painting party and socializing. Whether it’s your own DIY design or using a pre-made design (below), we can all agree that the world needs more happy and bright colors!
Do Chores, Give to Charity
Instead of the kids mowing your lawn, can they mow a neighbor’s yard instead? They can still get their weekly allowance by helping a neighbor instead, or better still, their allowance can be donated to a cause they care about.
Pick Up Trash, Win A Prize
Create a friendly competition by incentivizing your kids to gather the biggest bag of trash around the neighborhood. Or invite neighbors to join in to see which family can fill the biggest trash bag!
Celebrate with a potluck lunch or backyard movie night.
Hand Out Flowers to Neighbors
Pick up a few extra small flowers at your local nursery and hand out to neighbors to help beautify their front porches, window boxes and curbside plantings. Flowers make everyone happy!
Helping neighbors with yard work or collaborating on a bigger neighborhood project is a great way to celebrate Good Neighbor Day, usually celebrated each year in September.
How can you beautify where you live today?
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