It’s not just kids who leave clutter around the house, but they can be excellent helpers when it comes to clearing it all up. Create a list of things that you need to have put away, and use it to create scavenger hunt clues. For example, if you want an old newspaper gone, the clue could be ‘folded sheets of paper delivered each morning’. Older kids might even appreciate the clue: ‘I am black and white and read all over’! The kids will work together to solve the clues before tidying their way through the house. You could easily keep them entertained for hours with this little chore game.
Race Against the Clock
When it comes to folding clean laundry, many hands make lighter work – so bring in your kids’ hands and tell them to race against the timer. Challenge them to fold all of the clothes within a certain time. They’ll need to work out a plan of action, then work as a team to get the job done. One might focus on socks and shirts, where the other could put their folding skills exclusively to pants and underwear. When they’re done, you can note down their time, and then they could try to beat their own record the next time around.
Sing Song Chores
Creative kids always love the chance to show off their artistic abilities. Start by asking your kids to choose a chore, then give them 10 minutes to work out a song they can sing based on that chore. Once they have practised and perfected their brand-new song, all they have to do is complete the chore while they sing their new masterpiece. This a great way to boost their productivity and creativity at the same time. And they can have fun dancing away while they work.
With a little bit of imagination, household chores for kids can be a heap of fun. Even the most boring tasks can be transformed into challenge-based games, allowing them to work together and appreciate each other’s skills and strengths. The end result will be a tidier, more peaceful home.