Making daily chores fun!
April 8, 2011 at 7:43 am #24454
My daughter is 2.5, and I want to start involving her in more of our household chores in a way that she will enjoy it, learn, and continue them throughout the years. The basics of cleaning up, organizing, washing dishes, etc. Right now, I play a clean-up game where she gets rewarded with a sticker when she cleans up her toys. She enjoys stuffing clothes in her drawers after laundry is done. Any other tips or tricks to involve kids with household duties?April 11, 2011 at 10:59 am #24456
Great question! Bright Horizons just aired a parent webinar on this very topic. You can access the recording of the webinar by clicking the link below. You’ll find oodles of suggestions. My favorite way to get children interested in cleaning is to assign them a color. Then I tell them they should put away only the things that have that color on them. I take a color too so we can clean up together. Done in no time. :smileyhappy:April 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm #24457
Music and dancing always make chores more pleasurable for me so I try to make clean-up time fun with music and even some silly dancing. I think it’s also important to find chores that are appropriate or interesting to your child’s age. When my daughter was learning matching in her center she was naturally excited about sorting the socks in the laundry. She still loves to do that but now also likes to help fold as her motor skills have gotten better. We take a lot of cues from what she is learning at her center and incorporate those skills into chores and other fun activities.April 14, 2011 at 7:23 am #24458
Sometimes I incorporate music into clean up. I tell my son we have to do a silly dance as we put the toys away.April 15, 2011 at 8:25 am #24459
When my daughter sets the table she get to decide where we each sit…and how to fold the napkins.May 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm #24460
I set a timer and make it a race to see how much they can get done in a set amount of time. Amazing what they can do in 15 minutes!April 14, 2014 at 11:26 am #27203
Make clean-up time a game! Put on some fun music and have a dance party while cleaning up.May 18, 2015 at 10:10 am #34221
We make a game out of it. I.e. Who can put the most toys in the bin in 30 seconds – daddy vs. son. Clean-up is fun when it’s a game…for the kids anyhow!
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