March 10, 2015 – Spring is the perfect time to ditch the unnecessary clutter in our lives and start fresh for the fun-filled summer months ahead. But mention the word “cleaning” and your kids will be running the other way. Every parent asks the same question – “How can I get my kids involved in the household chores?” Try these games with your little ones for some added motivation!
Keep, Donate or Toss
If you’re trying to sort through a cluttered room, try playing 30-minutes of “Keep, Donate or Toss.” Set up boxes or bins labeled “Keep,” “Donate” and “Toss.” Then assign each player a designated clean-up area of a relatively similar size. Set the timer and begin the countdown! Whoever finishes sorting through their area first gets to sit out the next round or gets a small, but worthy, prize. Note: Inaccurate sorting will not be allowed (wink).
The Color or Alphabet Game
Once you’re done sorting through items, it’s time to organize the ones you’re going to keep. Categorizing by color or alphabet is an easy way to get the focus off of the chore at hand. Have your kids choose a color that they’re in charge of, and then have them pick them out from the scene (toy room, pile of clothes, closet, shoes, pantry, etc.). Ask them to collaboratively bring together the colors of the rainbow or alphabet in an organized fashion and voila! This creative organization game doubles as a brain exercise.
Do you have a secret to getting your kids to help with spring cleaning? Tell us in the comments!