Spring cleaning is just around the corner. The dreaded mom feelings of how am I going to get it all done is starting to creep up. Here are 10 ways to keep kids busy so you can get done from guest blogger Amanda at Uniquely Unfolded.
Let them draw on the floor
Ok no not really, but a better idea could be to take the paper from the craft easel and line the floor. Let the kids go hog wild with their imaginations and they will feel special because this is not an everyday event.
Foster a photographer
Give them your old cell phone or digital camera and have them set up and take photographs. It will be entertaining to see what all they come up with. I once had 25 awesome pictures of the dog staged with some of my son’s favorite toys, among other things.
Set up a learning craft
Deep down kids love to follow directions, have a purpose and please their parents. Setting up a learning area can be fun and cheap my ideas can be found here.
Let them play with playdough
I have a confession to make. I don’t like playdough and normally don’t let my son play with it, but when I’m trying to get something done like a huge spring cleaning or client project, I will resort to playdough.
Depending on what you are working on you can easily involve the little ones. Dusting or cleaning the house, laundry, organizing books or papers could be fun for children and they would be very excited to be helping. You can make it even more fun by racing each other or the clock to get done, or sing while you work. You can find a Spring Cleaning Tasks for Kids free printable here.
Designate an activity area
This one area of the child’s room or a small area of your house, where the child is allowed to make a mess whenever they want. This will give them the feeling of being in charge and free, but you will be expecting the mess so there are no surprises.
Set up an indoor scavenger hunt
Have there be clues for a prize or small candy rewards. Use clues like:
For your next prize
You need to look
In a place where
You might put a book
Get out the reserve toys
Every child has toys that they once loved but have fallen to the bottom of the toy box. Once or twice a year, take those toys and box them away, bring them out at times like this when you need to focus on a big task like spring cleaning the house.
Child led crafting
Bring out the box of miscellaneous craft items, crayons, scrap and construction paper and some tape or glue. Let them make a gift or card for someone special. Make sure to refine them to one area of the house. It’s great if you have a little craft table near where you are working or just keep them at the kitchen table where the mess can be easily wiped away later.
Let them be bored
I know this sounds crazy, but hear me out. Boredom leads to ideas, thinking, and possible problem solving. Letting the boredom happen can result in little minds getting great big ideas OR they might just ask to help because kids to really love pleasing their parents.
Managing the little ones while we are cleaning isn’t easy, but I hope these ideas help get you going. I would love to hear some of what works for you.
Amanda is a work-at-home virtual assistant. She loves blogging on her personal blog Amanda Unfolded, where she unfolds about family, life, parenting, living frugally and much more. You can find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
This post is part of the First Friday Guests series. One Mama’s Daily Drama welcomes a guest blogger on the first Friday of each month. If you are interested in participating, see my guest posting guidelines.