Kids games are A peaceful solution that may lie in sneaky cleaning - getting your kids to help without them realizing it, or make it so fun it doesn't seem like work. Here are some ideas for "tricking" your kids into helping you.
How many times have you told your child to wash the car? Forget the nagging - make it into a water fight. Fill a kids' pool with sudsy water and let them fling suds on each other. Make designs with the suds on the car with the sponge. Then rinse by letting kids take turns getting in the car with the windows up and the other one squirting at the glass. Let them run the windshield wipers. You will have a clean car, and the kids will get exercise.
You can also use a variation of kids games for getting the lawn watered. Set up sprinklers and let your kids jump through them, or just let them play with the hose on the designated area to be watered. Just make sure they don't make mud holes!
Magic Cleaning Spray
For young kids, tapping into their active imaginations is key to getting their help. Find a spray bottle (maybe decorate it or let your child decorate it, or buy an inexpensive "special" one at the store) and fill it with cleaner. Pretend like it's magic spray that transforms dirty things into clean things, or pretend it makes objects come alive. You can give the various objects different voices as they "come alive" during your cleaning spree.
Vacuum Tornado Kids Games
Pretending once again, show your young child(ren) how a vacuum creates suction like a tornado. Pretend it's sucking up dirt and debris on a landscape, and toys and other items need to get to the "storm shelter" (toy bins) before they get sucked up by the tornado. You could take the storm fantasy a little further and use it to disassemble block buildings and other things that need to be taken down and put away.
Give Items a Personality
For some reason, kids will often listen to their toys more readily than they will listen to grown-ups. Try giving your child's toys personalities and voices, and have the toys "ask" to be put away. "I'm lonely and uncomfortable here on the floor! I wish someone would put me in the toy box with my friends. I bet they are having a party in there, and I am all left out." Your child may take this idea and run with it, paying attention to other items that need to be put with their "friends." He or she may even make up a story about it. And while they're at it, the toys get put away! These are great kids games to incorporate daily.
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