Keepin’ It Clean This Spring

May 04, 2018

Spring is finally here and we all know what that means. It’s time for spring cleaning! With kids running around everywhere, we all know how difficult it can be to keep things tidy. Your little one may not be old enough to wash the dishes or take out the garbage, but it’s never too early to show them the importance of picking up after themselves.

Teaching li’l builders to clean up from a young age can help them learn the importance of taking care of their possessions and give them a sense of responsibility. You can involve them in the process with four easy tips:

1.     Make It a Game.

What’s more fun than playing a game? Don’t let your little one view cleaning as a chore, but rather a fun, interactive activity. If they like little vehicles, have them race you to where the vehicle should be stored. If their room is filled with blocks, you can set a timer and challenge them to put away as many as they can before the buzzer sounds! 

 

2.     Short and Sweet

With toddlers nearby, finding time to clean can be tough. The key is to create a schedule – and to stick to it! Try training them to clean before getting ready for bed or before even supper; whatever works best for you. By keeping it consistent, your child will grow used to the routine. Allow them to do the little things, like putting their blocks back into their bags. In doing this, you’ll help them develop their motor skills.

 

3.     Easy-to-Clean Toys

Another way to cut down on cleaning time is to purchase toys that are easy to put. Our Build N’ Learn Table, for example, lets you easily put away its blocks inside the table – its legs even fold up for easy storing! Another option would be to purchase smaller toy sets, such as the Pet Vet which contains fewer blocks, but offers even more storytelling fun!  

4.     Turn up the music!

If your child is a music fan, this can help them make cleaning time fun. Create a playlist filled with you and your littles ones’ favorite songs and use it as your cleaning soundtrack. They will learn to recognize the music and know that it’s time to start cleaning whenever you play it!

Keeping things neat doesn’t have to be boring. With the right approach, you can turn spring cleaning into a tool that both teaches and excites your little one. Keep it clean!