The Ransom Rubbage Box: Taking Toys Hostage

The Ransom Rubbage Box: Taking Toys Hostage

Sarah Rae Smith
Dec 6, 2011

Do you find yourself constantly asking your children to pick up their things? If you're tired of hearing yourself talk with little to no results, then you might try this trick — hold their toys hostage. Want to know how they get them back?

Becki over at Organic Families has put together a great little plan to save her from all the hours of asking her 6 children to pick up after themselves, or likewise, her doing it for them. She's started a ransom rubbage box that becomes the holding place for things that weren't picked up after being asked to the first time. It might be toys or even a backpack left in the middle of the floor after returning home from school.

After taking the items and placing them in the box, she's devised a way for the children to get their items back. It could be a chore around the house, cleaning out the car, or even something silly. She printed out a list, cut the items apart and placed them in an envelope on the box. Now they can choose their own fate! You can read more about this creative method to help children learn to do things the first time they're asked over at Organic Families.

(Images: Becki Madsen for Organic Families by permission)

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