*Guest Post by Amy Reeves
An entertaining, home organizing kids game
Is your house being taken over by toys? Are you constantly putting it back into order but it does not last long? Then why don’t you try making your kids do this, they are their toys after all. All you need to do is make up a few fun and entertaining games and get them to help you with the chores at home.
Many people would say that teaching kids to help with the chores is very important and it will help them grow up into responsible adults. But let’s not get that far ahead and focus on the problem at hand. Organizing your home.
If your kids run around the house playing with all sorts of toys and leave them wherever they find a place, try making them part of the solution and organizing process, rather than just being a part, and main reason, of the chaos in your home.
It is very important to remember that kids do not have a large attention span and you need to keep them entertained, if you want them to do something they wouldn’t normally do. Suggest that they play an organizing game, or have a competition between them. Only instead of running around, give them each a list of chores to do.
For example, make a de-clutter train, or bus. Give them a basket and tell them to go around the house while making ‘choo-choo’ sounds and pick up toys or other things in your home that no one is using any more.
Get some different coloured baskets or plastic containers and tell your kids to separate their toys by colour, putting them into the according basket. Then get a timer and make them compete – tell one to fold the clean laundry and the other one to go around the house and collect the dirty laundry into the laundry basket. Whoever is done first, wins a star sticker, or chocolate, or something else.
And then of course, you can always include music into their games. Have them clean their room and make their beds, organize their books by alphabetical order, while singing their favourite song as loudly as they can.
Get your kids to do simple chores, like help you organize the pantry. You can have your kids play play-pretend. Ask them what they want to be, give them appropriate clothes and have them each do some chores. Have a rating board. Every time someone completes a chore, write something, or give them stars. At the end of the tasks list, the winner will win something he or she wants.
But no matter what you have your kids helping you with, remember not to sound bossy. You can ask them which chores they want to do or what games they want to play. And you need to be involved in the games as well.
Another thing you can do suggested by Cleaners in Kensington is, have breaks. Clean and organize the house room by room, and after each room is done, allow them to play something they want – basketball, video games, or something else. It is important to remember that they get bored easily and you will need to find ways to keep them entertained over and over again. Sing and dance around the house with the kids while organizing their room, or the kitchen pantry.
You can also get them to paint things for you. For example, get some cardboard boxes to store they toys or books, or art supplies in, and tell them to use their imaginations and paint the boxes any way they want.
Getting kids to do chores will not only help them learn responsibility, but you will also have someone to help you with your chores, and you will get to spend more time with your kids and bond with them.
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