Spring Cleaning Tips: Kids Games Get Kids to Clean Up

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GEDC1247(1)Do you need help in getting your kids to clean up after themselves without a battle? Often times, getting kids to help with spring cleaning chores – mainly cleaning up after they make a mess – can be a no win event for both kids and parents. Some spring cleaning tips for you to use involve using fun, creative strategies to create kids games. These fun spring cleaning tips can make the kids feel like they are playing kids games instead of working. Here are a few spring cleaning tips that you might like to try with your children:


  1. Set up colored buckets, baskets, boxes, or storage bins in your child’s room. Each color or decoration will be matched with toy categories of your choice. Help your child attach decorations on the outside to help your child remember, such as paper dolls glued to the outside of a container to hold dolls.  By decorating the containers, your child will feel important in deciding which one goes with which category – and will find it easier to remember to put the toys in the right one.  Make a game of deciding which toy goes with which category. This is a great activity to learn sorting – a pre-math skill.
  2. You can also change it as your child learns the alphabet. Play a game finding items starting with each letter of the alphabet and place them in the right storage container.
  3. Create a fantasy game where your child has the “clean” territory and you have the “messy” territory. Your child needs to win back more clean territory from you. Make up fun rules that will motivate your young one.

Older Children

  1. Use a timer to make a clean-up competition. Bet you child he can’t clean up in 10 minutes or before you finish a task you need to do within 10 minutes.  If your child finishes before the timer goes off, he gets a special treat.
  2. The best way to clean up is to clean out. How to choose what to get rid of? Give each child a large basket to fill with toys to donate. The winner gets to choose dinner and a movie for everyone. If it comes out even, let one choose the movie and the other the dinner. Have a third child…there’s always dessert!
  3. Keep track of every night the kids go to bed with a neat room. Tell they they will earn points that will total up for a special privilege or reward – you can have category levels so that the goal won’t seem too overwhelming.
  4. Cleaning the inside of the car can be time consuming. Assign each family member one section of the car that they must keep clean. Those who maintain their car care responsibilities, earn a free day off from their cleaning schedule – but, if they make messes on that day – they’ll have more to clean the next time they have to clean.
  5. Do the Cleaning Dance! One child creates a cleaning dance and the others must follow for 5 minutes. Then it’s the next child’s (or grown-up’s) turn to lead in their dance for others to follow for 5 minutes. Dancing is great aerobic exercise and makes cleaning get done a lot faster!

The basics for these fun, cleaning activities came from the May, 2010, Woman’s Day issue.

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