Make Cleaning Fun with these Kids Cleaning Games!
One of the hardest parts of housecleaning for me is vacuuming. Why? One word: TOYS. With an 8 year old, 6 year old, and 3 year old in our
small quaint home, it’s a rare moment when the floors are completely free of toys or clothes so that I can actually vacuum them. And it seems like when they are, usually after bedtime, I’m afraid to wake the kids with the vacuum or I’m honestly just plain exhausted. But I’ve been working on sneaking cleaning and vacuuming in a bit more lately. And the only way to do that is to get the kids involved. Here are some cool cleaning games my fellow blogging mamas have suggested to help…
8 Cool Cleaning Games for Kids
- The Dust Monster – “I purchased a bath hand puppet at The Dollar Tree for Rosie to use when dusting. We created a fun game by saying the monster puppet was catching all the dust. Rosie loves going around and getting the dust bunnies.” Crystal of Growing a Jeweled Rose
- Toys Need Sleep, Too! – “Since my toddler does his clean up at night, we often say the different toys have to go to sleep too and that they have certain places where they sleep.” Jennifer from The Good Long Road
- The Grab Nabber – “My two year old invented this game – I believe he was inspired by the grand nabbers from the rocket ship from the Little Einsteins. He likes to wear my giant oven mitts, grab toys however he can and then take them to their place. It’s a bit of a clumsy game but my son is two and he is helping so I think it’s great.” Ariadne of Positive Parenting Connection
- Pretend Pirate Play – “I needed to make my bed. So we decided the bed was a pirate ship. Loopy donned his buccaneer hat while I wrapped a head scarf around me. Pillows became shipping supplies that needed to be loaded and unloaded from the ship. The blankets became the sails that needed to be smoothed out before the luggage (pillows) could be put back on. While pulling up the blinds, we pretended we were hoisting the rigging.” Julie of My Mundane & Miraculous Life
- Color Toy Cleanup – “We play a lot of games like ‘I am thinking of something blue’ and the kids pick up all the things with blue until the one I am thinking of has been taken care of!” Amanda from The Educators’ Spin On It
- The Cleaning Robot – “I usually take the lead on this game and just start cleaning and saying silly things in a robot voice. ‘I am a cleaning robot. I can put this book on the shelf. Beep Beep.’ The boys find this so funny – and they want to imitate which means we all clean up together.” Ariadne of Positive Parenting Connection
- Sing a Song – “Nothing lifts the spirits like a little tune. ‘Whistle While You Work’ is a favorite. We also sing ‘The More We Get Together’ but change the words to ‘The More We Work Together.’ We change the chorus to ‘My chores are your chores and your chores are my chores.’ If the girls are hesitant to start cleaning up, they jump right in when I start singing.” Ellen of Cutting Tiny Bits
- The Toy Sucker – “I’ve always let my kids believe that our vacuum can suck up anything. So when I get the vacuum out, they run around like crazy collecting their toys off the floor so the vacuum doesn’t suck them up forever. And I usually get a laugh when I chase them with it, too!” Krissy of B-Inspired Mama
Hooover Cordless Makes Cleaning Easier & Fun, Too!
It’s no fun to go through the hassle of clearing all of the toys and clutter away just to get frustrated trying to find an outlet to plug the vacuum into. I was recently sent a Hoover AIR™ Cordless Lift Vacuum to try out and let me tell ya; it makes cleaning so much easier and even a little more fun for this mama, too. No more untangling and tripping over cords for me! It has two interchangeable and rechargeable LithiumLife batteries so I always have power whenever I need it; no outlet needed.
And it offers Windtunnel 3 Technology for perfect power and suction. But I think my favorite part is the way the canister detaches from the upright handle so the kids can carry it about to get their crumbs in the furniture or the dust bunnies in their rooms. Plus, the new Hoover Cordless collection includes 4 cordless cleaners – 3 vacuums and a hard floor wet cleaner – to meet everyone’s needs!
Have you ever used a cordless vacuum? What did you think about it? Do your kids help you clean with it? What are your tricks or games for getting their help? Join the conversation in the comments below!
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