As any parent will tell you, getting your kids to actually clean up after themselves can be a challenge. Your kids are never going to learn how to clean up after themselves if you always do it for them, and luckily, there are lots of tricks that you can use to make house cleaning fun for your kids. The following is a list of the top 3 of those strategies to make cleaning fun:
- Use cleaning supplies that are kid-sized- It can be tricky for a small child to use adult-sized cleaning tools, and they will have a lot more fun if you find products that are more their size. For example, you can have them vacuum up the crumbs from their snacks with a small handheld vacuum. You can also make regular cleaning tools kid friendly. Try turning an old sock into a “dust bunny” by drawing a face on it.
- Use your imagination- Kids love to pretend! You could pretend like you are on a cleaning commercial, like your child is Cinderella, or you could even pretend like your child is in the army and you are giving them “orders” to clean their room. This strategy will make cleaning up less of a chore and more of a fun way to get your home clean, while you play with your child!
- Make cleaning a game- Do you have more than one child? You could make cleaning their room into a competition. Whoever gets done first gets to pick a TV show to watch or a book to read. There are lots of ways that you can make cleaning a game, you just have to be creative to find the best one for you!