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Old 11-05-2012, 10:47 PM   #5
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Re: Getting kids to clean

Picking up is just hard. DD "should" be able to do it, but she gets distracted way too easily. I've tried "You can't come out of your room til this is clean" but she is in there for hours happy as a clam and no picking up happens.

You have to give my kiddos a VERY direct task and stay and watch them do it. Like..."Put the Mr. Potato Head pieces in the bucket." No, put the dolly down. Just pick up the Potato Head.

Sometimes we have a clean up dance party. I put on silly music, and we all pick up the blocks while dancing, then we all put the play food away, then we all pick up the cars, etc. It is a group effort, but we have to do one thing at a time or they get distracted.
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