April 29 is National Rebuilding Day and if there’s one thing kids love to do, it’s build things. Take time to work on a building project that gives back to your neighborhood or community with one of these ideas. All you need is a little ingenuity and a lot of heart. Scroll down to get inspired. 

photo: Rebecca Schley via flickr 

Build a Lemonade Stand

We love this simple but classy-looking project from This Old House (which you can repurpose year after year into a puppet theater, science fair project, etc.) or try another adorable idea to make on your own. Next, check out the national organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which organizes kids to use the profits of their lemonade stand to help children with cancer.

photo: Buggy and Buddy

Make a Bird Feeder

Follow one of these easy ideas for making a backyard bird feeder with the kids and then contact a local nursing home or hospice. Find out if they have a tree outside a window where residents can see the bird feeder and the birds it will attract, and ask if you can hang it. Be sure and let them know you’ll provide the seed and that you’d like to check on it regularly. This is a great summer habit for kids anywhere.

photo: Annette Benedetti 

Build a Little Free Library

Whether you follow your own plans, buy a pre-constructed version and paint it or get the how-to online, join in the fun of the Little Free Library movement. With a few starter books and a handful of materials, you’ll have a community book club on hand in no time. If you don’t have the space to put one up in your front yard, call around to local schools, community centers and parks departments to see if you can get permission to put one up in a public space. Click here to read more about how to get started.


What are other ways kids help rebuild community? Share your thoughts in the comments below. 

—Amber Guetebier