This week we have been taking about chores. Cleaning up is probably the trickiest thing my 5 year old has ever had to do. She can make a huge mess just fine, but as soon as it’s clean up time, she all of a sudden develops these weird conditions. Some of her excuses:
- “I can’t clean up because my hands don’t move anymore.”
- “I can’t clean up because I’m just so tired. I think I’ll just sleep on the floor right here. I can’t even stand up to walk.”
- “I can’t clean up because It’s too big of a mess. I just can’t clean this much. It’s impossible because I’m so little.”
- “My hands and legs don’t work anymore!”
Mother Goose Time has planned fun activities for me to do with my girls that helps them practice cleaning up and helping out around the house.
The first activity we did actually helped my 5 year old get excited about cleaning! First, we quickly made a mess on the floor with toys. Then I timed us to see how long it took to clean up. We repeated this activity trying to beat our previous clean up time. My girls did awesome! They were actually excited to clean.
Then they helped me rip up paper and cover the alphabet board. We made little mops and pretended to clean up the mess. My girls would tell me the letter they uncovered as they mopped. Later that day, my daughter actually asked me if she could mop for reals… Of course I said, “YES!”
Another activity we did this week was learn to help out with the laundry. My girls would be super excited to help with laundry if they got to hang up the clothes! We played an alphabet game. I taped letters to clothes pins. My kids needed to match the letter on the clothing with the letter on the clothes pin. This activity was a little more time consuming to get ready then most activities, but so worth it!
One last activity we have done this week is playing a color matching game. This was more a game for my two year old then it was for my five year old. But, we all played it together. We had so much fun matching the colors and singing the song that went along with the game. We played it 3 times!!
I think I say this is just about every post… but, we are having so much fun this month! We have really enjoyed learning about homes and taking care of the place we live. Next week is the final week for this theme. We will be learning about animal homes and we can’t wait!
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