Getting Kids To Clean Up Their Room: Use Songs and a Timer

Getting Kids To Clean Up Their Room: Use Songs and a Timer

Abby Stone
Jun 26, 2009

062509-song02.jpgDon't we wish we could all clap our hands like Mary Poppins and the toys would jump into their boxes, the clothes would fold themselves, the hangers right themselves in neat order? While it's unlikely that Mary will impart that magical ability to us, she does have a trick that motivates Jane and Michael to clean up their room which we're sure will work on your children as well...

"A Spoonful of Sugar," is Mary Poppins preferred clean up song. We use something simpler and catchier we made up ourselves and couple it with a timer set for 10 minutes. Singing a song, we challenge the kids to beat the clock and offer them extra story time as a reward. Excited, they race around the room, toys marching into their box as quickly as the ones propelled by Mary's magic. No, they won't do a perfect job but the room's clean enough for now and cleaning up before bed is a habit they'll keep into adulthood.

[image: Mitikusa flickr, with a Creative Commons License]

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