Chores can be a nightmare for us all, parents and children alike. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to make it all a bit more exciting for both parties?
We know ‘chores’ and ‘fun’ don’t usually belong in the same sentence, but we’ve come up with a list of ideas to help make chores fun.
1. A Scavenger Hunt – make a list of items that need to be found and put back in their place. The first child to complete their list will win the task. Alternatively for single child households, if they do it within a certain time frame, they can win the task too.
2. Get them a cleaning outfit – Perhaps an apron or a hat that they can wear especially for when they do their chores.
3. Keep a routine – By doing it at the same time every day, it normalises the idea of helping out around the house.
4. “10 minute tidy” – is a concept that if you have short bursts of tidying it keeps them focused on their tasks.
5. Reward/chore charts – by tracking their progress with their chores, it will show them how much they are helping out around the house. This will give them a sense of pride and also if they are getting a reward, it is a type of positive reinforcement. Here is a downloadable chore chart to print and use.
6. Use positive reinforcement – it helps to encourage them to continue helping out around the house and little helpful pointers can go a long way.
7. How fast can you do it? – Timing them makes it exciting and competitive. The winner can receive a reward of your choosing or the child with the best time can win a sticker on their chart.
This Dad created a Pokemon inspired game to get the kids interested in their chores, check out this page for instructions on how to do it
9. Make it a race! -The first child to complete all their tasks wins the race