Learn about a cool home improvement project for my tween, and a great new book in this post sponsored by ABRAMS Books.
My daughter has loved to be in front of the camera since she was a little baby. She’s a natural performer and has a lot to talk about. Over the last year, she has started to take her goal of being a content creator a lot more seriously.
Watching her come up with ideas and set up a studio wherever she needs to makes me really proud! I used to help her with the lights and holding the camera. She got tired of waiting around for me, so she learned how to do it all herself.
My husband and I love her enthusiasm. We’re planning to surprise her in a few weeks with her very own studio space! Right now, she lugs all of her equipment from room to room.
Her space will have static lights, seating, and a table. Now, she’ll be able to save time and focus her energy into her videos rather than the set up.
We were inspired to plan this surprise after reading Jeff Kinney’s latest book in the Wimpy Kid series, Wrecking Ball. Greg Heffley and his family are back in a story that is ridiculously relatable!
Diary of a Wimpy Kid is back!
The Heffley’s are renovating their house in Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14: Wrecking Ball, and the book explores all of the things that could happen when you make the decision to rip your house apart.
We’ve only been in our current house for three years, but we’ve been dealt with some of the same issues Greg and his parents have in the book. Ayva kept coming to my husband and me to show us parts of the book that she knew we’d understand!
So, back to Ayva’s studio. My husband and I sat down to make a plan for the project that would allow us to get it done in no more than about three hours. We want to get it done while Ayva is at school, so we’ll need to work quickly.
This is not our first time surprising Ayva like this. We’ve updated her room twice before, and we know how much she loves walking into a whole new room.
A room update makes a fantastic gift and is a good way to show your kiddo that you notice what’s important to them.
How to plan a surprise room update for your kid
Create a realistic plan.
Sit down and write a plan for how you’re going to get things done before you start. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to update their room. If you don’t have a plan, there’s a good chance that you will end up spending more than you planned to.
Also keep in mind that it’s likely that your kid is going to have some ideas they want to input after they see their room. Leave a little space to make changes if they want to.
Although my husband and I are executing the surprise, I did ask Ayva what she would want if she could have her own studio. She said that she wants a pink background and posters all over with positive sayings on it.
She also let us know that she would like a hanging whiteboard. She’d take a chalkboard, but that’s really her second choice. Oh yes, our girl is particular.
Finally, she wants a comfy, fancy chair. Now, we all know that fancy is relative when it comes to a tween. We will wait until after she sees her room to let her pick out her chair herself!
Get them involved.
Ayva doesn’t know it, but she’s helping us out with her studio transformation. I tasked her with getting rid of all of the toys that she doesn’t play with. We’re going to turn her toy box into seating for her set.
Before you start your project, give your kid a list of things they can do to help you get ready. It will save you time. Plus the look on their face when they realize the part they played in the surprise will be priceless.
Make sure you’re implementing what they like.
You want to make sure your kid is going to like the project when it’s done. Be sure you’re adding elements that represent the person they are now as opposed to the little kid you remember from years ago.
They may not be into unicorns and rainbows anymore, so you don’t want to have that be the theme. We know Ayva loves to record videos, so I have no doubt she’ll appreciate her surprise.
More about Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball #14
Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14: Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney is just as funny and relatable as the other books in the Wimpy Kids series. From the publisher:
In Wrecking Ball, Book 14 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series—from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney—an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Once the walls come down, all sorts of problems start to crop up. Rotten wood, toxic mold, unwelcome critters, and something even more sinister all make Greg and his family wonder if the renovations are worth the trouble. When the dust finally settles, will the Heffleys be able to stay . . . or will they need to get out of town?
I can tell you that Ayva screamed when I showed her the book. She would have read it straight through if I didn’t make her put it down to go to bed! This was a great way for Greg Heffley to make his return.
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