Are you a mom that has a hard time getting your kids to do chores? Lots of kids I know don’t like doing chores, so I’m not surprised when most moms tell me they struggle with having their kids do chores. In fact, my own child doesn’t like doing chores. I had to get creative in getting my own kid to get her chores done. What I had to do was “get on her level.” In other words, I needed to do something to make chores fun for her. In this article, I talk about ideas on how to make chores fun for kids. If kids can have a little fun doing chores, you have a better chance of having them finish their chores, without it feeling like you have to pull teeth.
How To Make Chores Fun For Kids
Play housekeeper or waiter
My daughter’s dad came up with this brilliant idea when our kid told us she wanted to play hotel. At the time, the problem was that she didn’t do her chores. The hamper was overflowing with laundry, crumbs and dog hair covered the rug, and the tables needed to be cleaned.
We told her that we would play the hotel guests and she would play the hotel staff (specifically the housekeeper and waiter). As a result of this creative play, we were able to get her to do the laundry, fix the bed, vacuum the rug, serve us food, wash the dishes and wipe down the tables. She actually had a fabulous time “playing,” and she finished her chores. It was a win-win for everyone involved.
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Make it a competition
If you have kids that are competitive, try using chores as a competition. Here’s an example:
4 chores done – 1st place prize: Coloring book with crayons
3 chores done – 2nd place prize: Small ball
2 chores done – 3rd place prize: Slinky
1 chore done – 4th place prize: 2 stickers
You can also try making some ribbons or creating some awards. Ideas for awards include:
- Samantha is given this award for doing the most loads of laundry.
- Timothy is awarded this certificate for cleaning his bedroom in record time.
- I am proud to present this award to Jacob for doing the dishes without being asked.
Encourage music to help make chores fun for kids
If you have a kid that loves to sing or dance, be sure to play music they love while they do their chores. Play songs they like that are upbeat. This will also help put them in a good mood while they work on their chores.
Turn room cleaning into a scavenger hunt
I love doing different types of scavenger hunts with my kids. Try having your kid do a scavenger hunt in their bedroom, while they clean. Make sure you use medium-sized objects for the scavenger hunt list. If you pick small items (like an eraser), it can get easily mixed up with the knick-knacks.
Before your kid starts cleaning their room, go over the rules. If you don’t, your kid may just look for the scavenger hunt items in their bedroom without actually cleaning! Make it clear from the get-go that they need to clean while they search for the items.
Turn laundry into a “basketball” game
Play a game of basketball using dirty laundry! Instead of using a real basketball and basket, use the washer for the “basket” and the different dirty clothing pieces as “basketballs.” Have your kid record the points so they feel a sense of accomplishment.
Getting your kid to do chores doesn’t always have to feel like an uphill battle. Use some of the tips described in this article to help make chores fun for your kid.