8 Tips To Get The Kids Cleaning For Fun
It’s time for the summer holidays! And with the kids at home comes a whole lot more mess. No need to spend all of your time cleaning though – get the kids to help. Making cleaning a fun job for everyone means it will be done quicker for more time spent together.
It’s not necessarily about reducing the amount of jobs on the adults’ cleaning list – especially for the young children. It’s about teaching responsibility for cleaning the mess they make, to avoid an extra job ending up on your list!
Here are some tips to get the kids excited to help with cleaning!
- Make them a cleaning kit – little ones really enjoy copying adults, so make up a replica cleaning kit (without the chemicals!) and they’ll love following you around and copying you cleaning
- Make it a challenge or a game – time them to find the quickest cleaner, or encourage them to clean up their toys by picking up everything that is yellow, or 10 toys in 1 minute.
- Start a cleaning dance party – put on some music and fluffy socks and dance your way to polished hard floors
- Pretend play – why not pretend to be Cinderella cleaning up before the ugly stepsisters get home? Tie the cleaning in to a more fun task. You can’t decorate biscuits if the kitchen is still messy from baking them! Or if you’re playing princesses, pretend to be Cinderella cleaning up before the ugly stepsisters get home.
- Use a reward chart – for older children this could be a way to earn pocket money, or to earn stickers for little ones
- Keep it short and fun – keep the cleaning short and sweet to keep the little ones’ focused
- Use your imagination – you’re not just piling up Lego to clear the floor, you’re making a mountain for a space man to climb. Putting all the cuddly toys in one corner isn’t tidying them away, it’s creating an audience for a talent show.
- Whether you call it a bribe or a motivator – it can work wonders! 10 minutes of cleaning their room could equal going to the park, or movie time.