Let’s face it, chores can be a drag, even for mom at times. However, the work still needs to get done most times. Try having a little fun along the way because in the words of Mary Poppins, “Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Making cleaning fun certainly makes things easier for everyone.
I have found that it really doesn’t take much to make it fun, it’s really just a matter of having a few tricks up your sleeve ahead of time.
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Here are 10 ways to make cleaning fun for your kids.
1. Hide a treat of some kind
Whether it is something from the dollar store, money, or a sweet treat a simple treat can be a great motivator. Be sure to hide it in a place that can only be found if they have done their job well.
2. Have a contest with a winner
Tell your kids that the winner will get an advantage in some way in the near future. Often this means picking the movie for the night, a get out a job free card, or an extra serving of dessert. Because we have so many kids, we develop teams.
3. Everyone works together on every chore, including you.
Instead of everyone doing their own separate thing, everyone does the work together, moving from room to room.
4. Turn up the tunes
Challenge everyone to get as much work done as possible during one song so everyone can sit the next one out. Continue rotating between working for one song, sitting out for one song.
5. Break up every 20 minutes of work with a quick run around the house or jog up the street
If stuck inside due to weather, jumping jacks, a quick game of simon says, or good old fashioned sit ups and push ups will do. You can get some great ideas from Surviving the Winter Doldrums Exercise
Plan For Kids.
6. Seems obvious, but a reward tied to work done well always yields a good result
Whether little rewards or a big reward, rewards or incentives is so nice. I even work best with an incentive, don’t you?
7. Give each person their own little stash of supplies to use
You can do this with a feather duster, cleaning rag, and safe cleaner in a spray bottle, whatever you use. Carrying around their own bucket of things can be so much fun.
8. Allow kids to trade jobs with each other
Just make sure they understand that they are ultimately responsible for their chores, so they will want to make sure they are done right.
9. Have your kids trade jobs with you
Oftentimes they will work much harder to clean your room than they ever will to clean their own room.
10. Write all the chores down and put them in a bowl with a simple treat attached
Next time chore day is met with groans, try one of these tips to have some fun while getting the work done, too. Both you and your kids should have a little fun!