How do you get your children to clean up their toys? Do you bribe? Scream? Threaten? Take away privileges? I have definitely done all of those. But it still hasn’t solved my age old problem of how to get my kids to clean up their toys.
1. Pick out the cards which coordinate with the mess. Each person is responsible to clean up the cards they received. They can not get a new card until the one they have is cleaned. A card is taken away if you didn’t clean up the card correctly. The person who is done first gets a special privilege.
2. Pick out the cards which coordinate with the mess. For every card they finish they get a special privilege or treat. 8 cards = 8 minutes of staying up later, or 8 M&M’s, etc.
3. Pass out all the cards (some of which are already cleaned up) and give them a time limit (say 20 minutes). Set the timer for 20 minutes. Anytime they have left over goes into a pot. For example, they cleaned up in 13 minutes so they get 7 minutes. At the end of the week add that time up. If it is 42 minutes they get to pick the family game activity for 42 minutes.
Do you have an idea of how to clean up toys? I would love to hear how you tame the toy monster!