Spring cleaning can feel like an intimidating and monstrous task that none of us wants to do - but that doesn’t change the fact that we have to do it…
This year, why not make spring cleaning more fun by getting your children involved? Sure, it may take you more time than if you were to clean the house alone, but we guarantee that you’ll have fun and that your children will learn some valuable skills in the process.
Here are 5 ways to get your children involved in spring cleaning!
1. TURN IT INTO A CLEANING PARTY
Have a cleaning party by making a playlist full of your kids’ favourite songs, turn up the volume, and get dancing! Every time the song changes, move to clean a different area - keep the cleaning areas small so that you have time to finish them as well as enjoy a little dancing.
Timing yourself to music is also a great way to get everyone cleaning fast. Sure, you might have to come back and finish the job later, but the important thing is that you got the kids involved and didn’t have to do it alone.
2. PLAY DETECTIVE
When it’s time to clean the kitchen, turn it into a detective game. You might like to give your children a magnifying glass and an old hat each to help them play the part.
Ask them to inspect tins, packets, and refrigerated food for the sell-by date. This is a wonderful way to spring-clean your cupboards whilst helping your children learn about numbers, dates, and food hygiene.
3. GO SKATING FOR DUST BUNNIES
Ok, the end result of this game might be a little horrifying, but the more horrifying it is, the more necessary it was! Give your children a pair of old, slippery socks each and ask them to “skate” around the house collecting as much dust as they can find.
Whoever has the biggest “dust bunny” on their socks at the end of the game is the winner. Then you can quickly throw those socks away and try to forget about what you saw…
4. CLEAN “FOLLOW THE LEADER” STYLE
Equip everyone with a cloth and some toxin-free cleaner, before lining up and moving around the house in a line. The first person has to stop frequently to clean something and put a toy/object back where it belongs, and everyone else has to follow suit. Take it in turns to go at the front of the line so that everyone has a turn at leading the fun.
To make a toxin-free and eco-friendly cleaner, simply mix water with a little bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar. You might also like to add a few drops of essential oils for a beautiful clean-house smell to enjoy after a hard day of cleaning.
5. MAKE A SORTING GAME
Label some boxes with the names of different toys that your children have - for example, puzzles, vehicles, animals, etc.
Put the boxes in the middle of the playroom, bedroom, or living room (wherever the toys are kept!) and ask your children to sort their toys into the correct boxes as quickly as possible. Not only will you have a tidy home, but you’ll also have a permanent organisation for their growing toy collection.
Do you get your children involved with spring cleaning? Share your tips with us!
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