Raksha Bandhan is a great celebration of love between siblings, and, as parents, it’s wonderful to see our kids showing their appreciation for each other on this special day. Unfortunately, as you may know, not every day is quite as peaceful as this. While our kids do love each other, every mum has seen evidence of sibling rivalry or jealousy, and we’ve all heard a variation on “I’m never talking to you again!” shouted through the walls at some point.
So how do we keep the peace? How about some simple chores for kids that your children can work together to complete, having fun at the same time? Working as a team to get the job done, your kids will learn more about their individual and combined strengths, and you’ll have a bit of help getting the house tidy – what could be better? Here are five great ways to turn household chores into exciting games:
Are your kids’ rooms so cluttered that you can barely see the floor? Then it’s time to tidy. One of the best household chores for children is tidying their rooms, as it’s safe and easy, and it doesn’t involve using any cleaning products. Unfortunately, it can also be pretty boring for kids, so it needs a bit of role play to liven it up. Choose one sibling to be the shopkeeper, and one to be the customer. The customer’s role is to ask for a specific item to ‘buy’, while the shopkeeper’s role is to find that item amongst the other contents of the messy ‘shop’. Once found, the customer can place the item back where it belongs. Encourage your kids to swap roles regularly to keep it interesting.
If your kids have a tendency to throw their dirty clothes on the floor, rather than in the laundry basket, why not transform picking them up into a fun game of basketball? It has all the fun of the real sport, without the risk of breaking a window. Place the laundry basket at one end of the room, and place a marker at the other end players have to stand behind to throw from. Determine a goal for your kids – such as six hoops – and challenge them to throw their dirty laundry into the basket. If they work together as a team and reach the target, you can reward with a treat of your choice, such as a star on their chore chart, or a trip to the park.