Chores can be a real headache when it comes to getting your children to help. This is the time for you to get your kids excited about helping around the house or cleaning up their messes. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few simple tips to make chores fun for kids! The number of chores and the job itself will differ based on the age and developmental stage your child is in. Younger kids may only need 2-3 chores whereas older children might be able to handle 4-5 chores. A few ideas for chores include:
- Brushing teeth
- Making bed
- Washing dishes
- Putting away clean dishes
- Putting away toys
- Feeding pets
- Putting away clean clothes
Sing a Song
Singing a song while washing dishes, putting away toys, or wiping up messes can make time go by faster and helps make the task less of a chore or job. You can make up a song using rhyming words such as queen and clean or king and thing. Who knows? You may even make up a song that is used every time your child cleans and becomes a fun memory that can be passed down to their kids in the future.
Make it a Competition
This tip is a no-brainer. Kiddos love to race against the clock or each other to be the winner! Making chores a competition can help speed up the process of putting away toys and more. It may even help keep you sane because we’ve all had moments where your child is not enthused and is dragging out the task you asked of them. Set a timer on your phone with a fun alarm sound, bring out the kitchen timer, or simply countdown aloud for your children. Set out their toy box and toss toys into it like basketball, have a foot race from toy to place it goes, and more. You could even go a step further and make paper ribbon awards to give your children when they finish their task.
Dance it Out
This tip can tie into Sing a Song, but who doesn’t love to wiggle while they work? Dancing while doing chores can help exercise your kids by increasing their heart rate and working up a little sweat, put a smile on your child’s face, and (again) help the time go by faster. Use YouTube or Pandora for free kid-friendly music to play.
This tip is especially effective for younger children. Pretend to be on a secret agent mission and crawl and whisper directions to your kids, act like an airplane and fly around the room while completing the chore, or even simple things such as a hungry toy box that needs to be fed toys. Playing make-believe while doing chores can help develop your child’s imagination and creativity skills. Get them involved and let them pick the make-believe scenario and see where it goes!
Make a Chore Chart
Making a chore chart will help hold your kids accountable for their chore responsibilities. Come up with your own system or find ideas on Pinterest. Your kids can have a part in helping make the chore charts as a crafting activity. They can personalize the chart and make it their own by coloring, stickers, glitter, paint, and more. A chore chart can give your child a sense of accomplishment when a chore is complete by the action of marking it off their list, moving their chore clothespin from ‘Do’ to ‘Done’, putting a sticker beside the chore to indicate completed, etc.
Reward your Children
Rewarding your children when they finish their chores can reinforce positive behavior. Rewards can be anything from a piece of candy, small novelty toys, stickers, a trip to get ice cream at the end of the week, or even money. You can get really crafty and make a prize box that your kids can pick their reward from. Rewarding your kids for completing chores will let them know helping around the house is a good action to do.
We hope these tips come in handy when getting your children to clean up messes and do their chores! Happy parenting!