8 Clean-Up Games That Will Entice Kids To Tidy Up

If you want your kids to clean up after themselves, than these 8 tidying-up games are for you

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Feel like it takes some serious bribery to motivate your kids to clean up their rooms, put away their toys or tidy up after themselves? It doesn't have to. A little gamification can go a long way to create incentive when it comes to teaching kids to clean their rooms. Here are 8 fun game ideas to make clean-up time more appealing for kids. 
 
Don a costume
 
Dress up like old fashioned maids or butlers and pretend you're cleaning up after messy children who live in the house you're "tending" (making judgemental remarks the whole time - "can you believe they left these books all over the floor? Disgraceful!") 
 
Make a cleaning commercial
 
Remember when you were a kid and you did imaginary "cooking shows" in your kitchen while pretending to cook? (Still do? No judgement). Making like you're in a cleaning commercial - the dialogue, the exaggerated action and smiles, will make kid feel like a model-cleaner. 
 
Buy kid-sized tools
 
Kids have a way of being attracted to mini-me versions of things, made specially for them (like those small shopping carts that just call out to some kids). Remove the middle section from the swiffer to make it short, and if you can get your hands on smaller dusters, brooms, dust buster etc, they'll be way more inclined to use them. 
 
Make it a race against the clock
 
Turn on an egg timer and challenge kids to 10 minutes of fast and furious cleaning. If your kids are competitive, a little time-strapping motivation will light a fire under them. Especially if you make sure there's nothing left on the floor for the garbage monster to come suck up ...
 
Take a before and after picture
 
The urge to show off a quality job done does not have an age-limit. Post it on your Facebook page and your kid will be so chuffed, they'll aim for that over and over again. 
 
Cleaning dance party
 
Is there one song or album that gets your kids up and moving, no matter what? Then make it your exclusive cleaning soundtrack, and play it full blast while you clean. The room has to be clean - or half way clean, when the song is over. 
 
Play "freeze cleaning
 
Play some upbeat music, and as your kids start to clean, watch them, and decide when to randomly stop the music, signalling that they have to freeze. The positions they're caught in will likely induce some good laughs.
 
I Spy search & destroy
 
Under your direction, have your kid being their cleaning session when you say "I spy" and direct your kid to hunt for the displaced items you spy. They'll search, pick them up, and "destory" by putting them back in their homes. 
 
What gets your kids up and cleaning? Tell us your clean-up strategies in the comments and spread the good, clean love!

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