I usually dread cleaning my house, and I'm an adult, so I know it's a bit of stretch trying to convince my kids that chores are fun. But since I want my daughters to learn how to pick up after themselves, and become contributing members of our household, I decided to look into ways to make chore time feel more like play time. Fortunately there are products that can get your kids excited about chores, and they might even make your job more fun too.
If you have older kids, you can make creative chore charts or play chore bingo to start turning the clean-up process into something that feels kind of novel and fun. But if you have a pint-size cleaner on your hands like I do, I thought this scavenger hunt idea from Scholastic was a pretty brilliant way to fight clutter: "Make a list of everyday items (newspapers, magazine, shoes, etc.). Set a timer for 5 minutes, then have kids collect stray items throughout the house. The winner is the child who picks up the most (and returns them to their rightful spots)." That's something even a preschooler could do, and perhaps might even ask to do!
But, if all of those creative solutions aren't getting the job done, here are some products that can help motivate your little task-masters.
2Zoo Toy Chest
My daughters have way too many stuffed animal friends and that means that all kinds of bears, elephants, dogs, etc. end up strewn about our house, from the bathroom floor to the basement. But this zoo toy chest seems like the perfect way to get them to pick up their stuffed animals at the end of the day. "The animals must return to the zoo to sleep, honey!"
3Slam Dunk Hamper
5Toy Shark Bin
I've stepped on one too many Legos to let my daughter keep her Duplos out overnight. But getting her to pick them up at the end of the day is like pulling teeth. That's why I was so excited to find this cool shark toy storage bin. Challenging her to put all her toys in the shark's mouth seems like it would be a fun game every night.
In my opinion, one of the worst parts of chore time is doling out the dreaded task. With these chore sticks, assigning a task is actually a fun game because in addition to expected tasks like "fill soap dispensers" there are several surprise sticks like, "Dance to one song," and "10 minutes of free time." The game comes with 50 total chore sticks to draw from – 42 printed sticks – and 8 blank ones to customize for your household needs.