Is there any chance to make your house clean with kids at home? Honestly, we are too tired to do it when they’re just babies, however when they’re older sometimes it doesn’t make much sense, especially if kids are playing at home on school breaks. Would you agree? If teaching kids chores isn’t an option before they’re 5 years old, then maybe we can engage our little ones into the tidying up process?
BeHappyMum came up with tidying up “games” for children of 0 to 4 year old to make these a part of kids’ learning activities that develop their early years’ skills.
Hope you find something that would work for you and your children, too.
1. Toys Routine. 8+ months
Give them wet wipes and show them how to wipe their plastic toys clean.
2. Little Mother’s Helper. 1 year +
If they finished with the toys, you can ask them to wipe chairs or tables.
It is not only a cleaning habit, it is also a development of their fine motor skills – their fingers need to hold a wipe and make necessary adjustments to cover the uneven surface of the toy.
3. A Hoover Chief. 2 years +.
If there is any interest in the hoover as a device (hopefully) then encourage your child to turn it on and off when you give them a command to do so. You may find that they feel very proud of their “responsibilities”.
4. March In Order. 3 years +
Ask them to make a row of their toys in the order from smallest to largest or the opposite. That will develop their cognitive skills. When done they can “march” one after another into a container for toys.
As an alternative activity to develop their cognitive skills you may ask them to place 3 toys on one shelf /one toys bin, other 3 toys – to another.
5. Recycling Paper. 3 years +
Give them a large box, make a hole in it and encourage them to collect all used paper into the box. They can colour the box green to initiate a green habit experience.
6. Categorising Toys. 3 years +
7. Shoe Boxes. 3 Years +
When it’s time to change shoes to a pair for a new approaching season, let them place the old pairs into shoe boxes. It is not that easy – they will have to match the right size of the boxes to the shoe sizes. A true intellectual work that develops their cognitive skills.
8. Change and Wash Toys’ Dresses. 2 years +
It might be mostly for the girls who enjoy dressing up toys but you can offer them to undress their dolls and wash their clothes. This activity won’t help you finish your cleaning task faster but it will give you a sense of solidarity. And, at least, they won’t be able to create a new mess while you’re cleaning the one in another room.
9. Give Them DVDs and Ask Them to Put them Into Related Envelopes. 3 years +
In case your children are real fans of movies then ask them to place each DVD in the related case. Summer holidays or school breaks are often a great time to enjoy your favourite family movies.
10. Stopwatch. 4 years +
This works well for siblings as well as a single child. Offer them a challenge to collect all the toys into containers in … let’s say … 5 minutes. Ready Steady Go! The last time we made this offer to our children, they have collected a whole huge bin of beams within 5 minutes and were SO PROUD of the result! Try it and tell us how it worked for your kids.
11. Basketball. 3,5 years +
This is a little bit of a naughty game and one of our kids’ favourite. When soft toys (and soft toys ONLY!) are around the room then place a container quite far from your kids and ask them to throw the toys one by one into the container. A Soft-Toy Basketball! Make sure that that neither kids nor toys get hurt or injured.
12. Awards. 4 years +
There should be no good gestures that remain unrewarded. Let them make ‘medals’ and appraise their cleaning efforts every time they help you (or at least support you) in this home routine such as tidying up the house.
Fun and Happy Cleaning Everyone!