Making Cleaning Fun for Kids
Let’s face it, kids are messy. Some of the most fun moments leave both the house and kids covered in dirt and food. However, things cannot be left dirty forever. What happens when it is time to clean the mess up? Encouraging your children to happily clean may seem a bit impossible. It has the potential to lead to temper tantrums, bad attitudes and a spoiled day. The key is to find ways to make cleaning more enjoyable for them so that it does not feel like such a chore.
Here are a few ideas to make cleaning more fun:
Turn Cleaning into a Game:
If you have a child that is a bit more competitive, challenge them to clean their room as fast as they can. You can even build on this idea and save scores. Write down their times on a dry erase board, and next time they are dragging their feet to clean up, challenge them to try and beat their fastest time.
Make a list of tasks that you want to get done and set a time for the entire family to complete them together. Your children will see that they are not the only one who has to clean, and they will feel included. When the family works together, the cleaning will also go by faster.
Be careful not to set lofty goals for your child. Make sure that their tasks are both reachable and manageable, and allow them to take breaks for a snack or a hug. Breaks are a healthy thing as long as they promise to finish cleaning afterwards.
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Whether it is stickers, candy or points that lead to a bigger prize, rewarding a child for cleaning up is one of the best tricks to make cleaning fun. Not only do the children get the job done, but they also receive a positive reward for achieving what was asked of them. You can even use a chart, as mentioned above, to track their progress to reach a larger reward. Smiles will replace tears as kids learn that hard work pays off.
Encouraging children to clean does not have to be a difficult and dangerous task. You can easily make chores fun for your children by using these tips and tricks. You may even find that your child comes to look forward to cleaning time.