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7 Cleaning Games For Your Kids

    Dread cleaning? Is it a chore you constantly put off until you don’t have a choice? Are you embarrassed when people drop in unexpectedly because your home is a mess? Cleaning is a task that often falls on one person’s shoulders, and that’s why it often gets relegated to the back burner. It is important to establish that keeping the home clean is a family goal. The smartest way to deal with this is to introduce cleaning tasks when your kids are very young. The trick is to make a game of it so that the fun element gets tied to the work and becomes more exciting and interesting for everyone. You can introduce small, enjoyable rewards and treats if you feel that works. Make it entertaining and enjoyable. Here are 7 cleaning games for your kids that you can use to make the job one more way to bond as a family.

    Why Should Kids Be Involved In Household Chores?

    One school of thought declares that kids should be kept free of chores at home so they can focus on their studies and sports. This may have had a grain of truth in earlier times when families were larger, homes were bigger, gadgets weren’t popular, and cheap and ready household help was available. Another idea that may still be popular is that kids should remain kids for as long as possible. Today, the story is completely different. Our ideas of what kids should be like have also changed dramatically. Most of us expect our children to help around the house, and we feel it’s an important aspect of their mental, emotional and social development.

    1. Life Skills:Sure, they go to school, but that’s not where they’ll learn about budgeting, tidying up, cooking or how to switch on the dishwasher. These are important things to know, and it teaches them things that give them more independence and confidence.
    1. Team Work:It takes the whole family to keep the home safe, comfortable, and running smoothly. Chores make people accountable, independently, and as a group. When they learn team-working skills at home, it’s a more forgiving experience, where making mistakes isn’t the end of the world. They can transfer these skills to the workplace and classroom as they age.
    1. Respect, Responsibility, and Self-reliance:These are crucial qualities that help them to negotiate the world as they grow up. When your kids learn to respect each other, take responsibility for a task, and do it independently, they learn social skills that will stand them in good stead when they have families of their own.
    1. Planning, time management, and work ethic: Chores are a microcosm of the workplace. Kids can make their schedules, plan for the week or month ahead, ensure that the task is completed in time, and develop a strong sense of respect for work. They also learn about health and safety.
    1. Family Bonding:The current pandemic has taught people the importance of family relationships. In the pre-Covid time, families rarely had the time to meet, share a meal or catch up with each other. Tackling household chores together is one way to bond and stay connected.

    7 Cleaning Games For Your Kids

    Cleaning is not just a job for adults.

    Play-based learning is one of the most powerful ways to teach children life lessons. Game-based learning is not a new concept. A prime instance of this is chess, where you learn strategic thinking by playing a game. Other examples include flight simulators, video games, team games, and sporting events. The core concepts that kids learn from play-way learning include:

    • learning through constant repetitive moves
    • teaches them the value of health and safety
    • success and failure
    • planning, time management, and goal-setting
    • gaining skills in a calibrated way
    • choosing an action and being responsible for its consequences

    Let’s apply these concepts to cleaning games so that kids enjoy what they do plus absorb the benefits.

    1. Statues:Pick tasks such as folding the laundry or tidying up their room. Ask them to choose a favorite piece of music. When the music starts, they have to begin the task. When it stops, yell, “Statues!” They have to freeze in whatever position they’re in. Click pics on your phone, post them on your family group, and ask everyone to vote for the funniest. That kid gets a small treat. The music makes it fun while doing the job as a group helps to reduce boredom.
    1. I Spy: This is a great game for all age groups. To play, Mom or Dad calls out, “I spy something blue on the floor,” Kids need to put anything blue in color back in its place. For smaller kids, be specific, such as “I spy a pair of dirty socks under the bed.” You can use this game to tidy up, clean the kitchen or bathroom, or clear the table after a meal.
    1. Roll The Dice: You can start the week with a dice roll. Assign a task for each number. Make sure that the tasks are appropriate in terms of competence and age. If one of the younger ones gets a task that’s too difficult for them, they’re allowed to swap but not for any other reason. Set time limits for every task so that a goal has to be reached. This game teaches them an important lesson about the unpredictability of life.
    1. Crazy Gymnastics:On slips of paper, write a bunch of different silly things such as “With Your Toes,” “With One Hand Only,” “With Your Eyes Closed,” and “With Your Mouth Open.” On some other pieces of paper, note the tasks – Stacking the Dishwasher, Taking out the Trash, and Folding the Laundry. Please put them in two different bowls and get the kids to pick one each and complete the task keeping the weird instructions in mind. Keep a timer and reward the one who completes it correctly within the given time. Remember that some tasks take longer than others.
    1. Map It Out:Draw maps of your house, and give each kid a different starting point. Designate the kitchen as the final destination. As they move from room to room, they must complete certain tasks. Use clipboards and markers for each child. Let them tick off each job as they complete it. When they reach the kitchen, keep a treat ready for them. This game is best suited for weekends when everyone’s at home.

    Keep the rewards small, but make it worth their while. Never offer cash rewards. It could be a treat, an extra ten minutes in bed, or choosing a favorite snack at the supermarket when you’re grocery shopping.

    Family bonding over chores

    Final Word

    Game-based learning keeps kids motivated and energized. It teaches important life lessons, and they can reach specific goals through incremental stages.