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It's Family Fun Month! 5 Ways to Use Your Shed for Family-Friendly Activities

August is Family Fun Month, so take advantage of the dog days of summer to make some great memories with your kids! Getting your kids to play outside isn’t just fun – it’s also good for their vision, social skills, attention span and overall health. Here are a few ideas to turn that practical backyard shed into a place for family-friendly activities that will get everyone outdoors.

Backyard Movie Night. Turn your shed into a movie screen by hanging a white sheet on the side, or project the movie onto a light-colored shed wall. To ensure everyone has a great view, create tiered seating by making the first row out of blankets or sleeping bags, the second row with low lawn chairs and the tallest chairs in the back row. Leave an aisle so kids can easily get snack refills during the movie.

Draw a Path. If you have kids, you know that anything involving chalk is generally a good thing. Turn your shed into a magical destination by chalking a themed pathway to the shed (think “yellow brick road”, “castle” or “theme park”). Decorate the shed according to the theme for a fun, temporary escape.

Create a Mural. Get artistic by hanging a canvas or large sections of paper on the side of the shed for kids to draw or paint a mural on. If you are worried about color from little hands getting on the shed, be sure to use water-based paints or chalk that can be washed off the siding once the project is done.

Put on a Play. Many kids love dressing up and basking in the limelight. Channel their enthusiasm by making your kids the writers, directors and stagehands in your own family play. Hang up a scenic backdrop on your shed and let the theatrical adventure begin.

Keep Score. Get a little competition going with a game of baseball, and to add some creativity, have the kids make a scoreboard out of poster board to hang on your shed. Worried about damage to your shed? LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products are resistant to impacts from common projectiles found in a backyard, such as golf balls, baseballs and rocks.

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HOW TO USE THE LP® SMARTSIDE® HOME VISUALIZER

Planning to refresh your home’s trim and fascia? Hoping to change the exterior entirely with a full re-side project? No matter your plans, choosing siding and trim colors can be difficult. Mentally visualizing how your home will look with a new product is a challenge—and it’s even tougher to imagine the amount of change even just updating trim will bring. That’s where the LP® SmartSide® Home Visualizer, a siding visualizer tool, comes in. This free tool can help you explore home siding ideas to find the best siding color combinations for your home. Read more to find out how to use the tool—and why LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding can make all the difference for your home.

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Selecting LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding with Liz Marie Galvan

Re-siding your home is a significant investment and a long-term decision on your home’s look. One of the first steps to siding a house is choosing a siding material that fits your needs. Being involved as you review types of siding and cost can give you confidence in your plans and peace of mind that the materials you choose are built to last. Liz Marie Galvan of the Liz Marie Blog shares her journey toward choosing LP® SmartSide® ExpertFinish® Trim & Siding for her upcoming home re-siding project.

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