Kids are truly excellent at making a mess, but if you can convince them to use their powers for good, they can also be your number one ally in tackling household chores. Here’s three ways to get them involved–and they’ll be having so much fun, they won’t even realize they’re working!
Kid sized tools!
Kids love having things that are just their size. Cleaning tools are no different. Have a Swiffer sweeper at home? You can make it a mini. Simply remove one of the middle sections of the pole and put the top handle back on, and you’ve magically got a floor cleaner that’s just the right size for your little one.
Once all the dust bunnies are gone, it’s time to move on to the carpets, amirite? Adult vacuums are big, heavy, loud and scary for kids. Good news: Dyson makes a vacuum just for kids that really works! In addition to being absolutely adorable, this pint-sized sucker has a removable debris tray for all the dirt and lint your tiny bean will be picking up.
Make it musical
If I ask my kids to pick up their toys, they may or may not spring into action. If I sing it? Works every time. Laurie Berkner’s “Clean It Up” song works well because you can make up lots of verses as you go (“We can make it fun to do and the cat can help you too!”). Thankfully there’s loads of clean up songs, so you can alternate between a few favorites.
The great and wise Mary Poppins said, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. Find the fun and *snap*! The job’s a game.” Timed dusting races? Cleaning the floor by sliding on it? Dirty sock basketball using the laundry hamper? Whatever works. It may not be the way you’re used to picking up, but if you can team up with your little one to get it done faster, that means there’s more time to play. And that’s what we all want at the end of the day, right?