If you have kids, especially young ones, you know that they can create a really big mess and rarely help to clean it up. Some might say that such actions are just part of childhood. Really, though, there’s no reason that kids, even young ones, can’t help to pick up their messes. You just have to appeal to their fun side.
For example, let’s say that you have a seven-year-old and a six-year-old that are constantly competing for your attention. Well, give them a fun way to compete against each other. Ask them each to pick up their rooms and tell them that the one who does the best job will get a special prize that you determine, such as an ice cream sundae or an extra hour of TV time.
Don’t tell them that the first person done will get a prize, though. There are two problems with that. One is that they’ll rush and not do a thorough job. The other is that one could have a messier room than the other, making a timed competition unfair.
If you have really young children with a lot of toys you may have to help them clean, but you can get them in on the act, too. Just make a game out of it. For instance, you could give them a scavenger hunt by showing them a bucket of blocks and telling them to find all the blocks. You could even give them prizes, like stickers.
Doing such an activity will allow you to bond with your kids and, of course, get the room picked up. Beyond that, though, it will teach young kids words, colors, shapes and more. It will also teach them to feel good about themselves for accomplishing something. The best part is, since it’s a game, they won’t even realize that they’re cleaning.