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Things To Do With Kids - Turning Household Chores into Fun Activities for Kids

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by Ivana Katz (subscribe)
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Published July 1st 2012
Just because it's school holidays, doesn't mean that there are less household chores to be done. In fact, quite the opposite is most likely true. Instead of getting stressed about how to keep your children occupied and entertained while maintaining the house, why not make household chores into a fun activity for kids. Not only will everything get done, but your kids will have a lot of fun, learn valuable life skills and feel a sense of pride and achievement. And you never know, they may be asking if they can do more in the future. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Cleaning

Whether you want your kids to clean their room or help you tidy up the rest of the house, here is an easy way to get them to cooperate and have fun in the process. Set a timer, for 5 or 10 minutes and make it into a race – who can clean up the most in that time. At the end, award them with a special sticker or a treat. Before you know it, the kids will be asking to clean up more often!



Cooking

Here is another option to get your kids involved. Find a recipe book especially designed for children and let them choose a recipe they can make themselves, then help them buy the groceries required and let them loose in the kitchen. The dinner will be made and your kids will be proud of what they have achieved.



Gardening

Many stores now sell kids gardening tools, so invest a few dollars in some gloves, rakes, shovels, buckets and make gardening a fun activity by hiding special treasures in the garden. Your kids will want to rake the leaves or even do the weeding if they know they will find a special treat in the process.



Grocery Shopping

This can be a parent's ultimate nightmare, as this seems to be the place where children have the biggest melt downs and tantrums. But don't despair, this can actually be a lot of fun for everyone involved. It is important that children are well rested, especially younger ones. Supermarkets can be an overwhelming place for kids to visit, with a lot of noise and lots of people rushing around, so it's best to tackle shopping in the morning. Also make sure the children have had their breakfast or at least a snack before you head to the shops.

Give each child their own shopping list and ask them to place the items into their own shopping basket or shopping trolley. Many supermarkets now have children size trolleys, which makes life a lot easier. When you get to the check out, let the children unload their items and perhaps even pay for them.

If you are tired and can't even think to venture out with your kids, there is always online grocery shopping. Most 4 year old kids can quickly learn how to click a mouse, so they can help you place items in your online shopping cart.

Washing & Drying

Start by getting your children to separate whites from other colours. Let them put the clothes into the washing machine and add the washing powder. At the end of the cycle show them how to use the dryer or even how to hang the clothes on a line. If the washing line is too high for them, hang some string in the bathroom, which is within their reach or buy an inexpensive fold-up clothes rack. When it's time to fold the clothes, get them involved by letting them fold smaller items or by matching socks.

Children are naturally very curious and want to feel grown up. By letting them help you tackle some of the household chores and making it a lot of fun, your kids will want to work with you, especially if they receive recognition at the end. It can be something as small as a special sticker or a lollipop. For older children, a few coins a great incentive. So don't despair as you look at your list of things to get done … instead get organised, get creative and get everyone involved.
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