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How to Make Chores Fun for Kids… and Adults!

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(Updated 4/30/19)

Ugh, chores. No one wants to do them. Not adults… and certainly not kids.

So, let’s make it playful and fun!

Huh?

That’s right, you can turn around frustrating moments with music, games, and a positive attitude.

I Found Two Tricks

  1. Music energizes any task.
  2. And games make chores more fun.

For instance, whenever my kids and I returned home from a memorable trip, they would dump their things and run into their rooms. Unpacking was the last thing they wanted to do.

What a mess!

Everyone’s luggage, bags, backpacks, and stuff were scattered all over the floor.

So much for a nice trip.

I got tired of nagging and yelling at my kids to help. It was going nowhere, and I kept getting more and more annoyed.

Enough!

Try Playful Ways!

It was time to try a more playful approach based on how my parents raised me.

With a big smile and a cheery disposition, I grabbed my kids’ favorite music, called them into the living room, and announced an impromptu game.

Not only did we unpack everything, we also had lots of fun!


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How to Make Chores Fun

This example is from when we unpacked from a trip, but we also used this technique for any chore. Not only did stuff get done in the house, we spent quality time connecting as a family.

1. Gather the Team Together

Woo-hoo! It’s time to smile and joyfully announce the game. That’s right, a positive attitude is contagious and sets the tone. Go ahead, assemble your team into the living room with all the luggage and carry-on bags.

On your way, grab the laundry baskets. Yup, laundry baskets. You’ll see why in a second.

2. Listen to Music

Choose your family’s favorite music to liven up the mood. There’s nothing like upbeat songs to improve any task. Even better, fast tempo songs make everyone move faster.

3. Play a Guessing Game

With music ready, gather the family into a huddle. It’s time to guess.

Gee, how many songs until we finish unpacking?

Assume each song probably lasts about three minutes. Yes! Another opportunity to include real world math in a playful way. Three songs is nine minutes (3 x 3). Four songs is twelve minutes (3 x 4).

Once everyone guesses, turn on the music and start moving.

4. Organize and Categorize

Go, team, go!

Give each person a laundry basket. If you don’t have enough, take turns and focus on one suitcase at a time.

As you empty each bag, organize items into categories based on where things go in the house.

Transfer the clean, folded clothes into a laundry basket.

Place bathroom stuff in a designated pile on the floor. Dirty clothes in another area. Water bottles and leftover snack food someplace else.

5. Delivery Time

It’s time to delegate the delivery tasks. Who puts away the bathroom things? And what about tossing the dirty clothes into the laundry bins? 

Because you organized items by rooms, there will be less back and forth running all over the house.

Those with the laundry basket slide it down the hall to their room. If there are stairs, you might want to carry it for them. Bam, they place their clothes in the drawers and run back with the empty laundry basket.

Now the next person transfers, delivers, and puts away their clothes. Keep putting everything away until there’s nothing left and the floor is empty.

Done! How many songs?

Mission accomplished!

  • You turned an unpleasant task into playful fun.
  • Your kids stopped complaining and had fun helping. 
  • Your suitcases are unpacked, and your house is neat.
  • You spent quality time as a family connecting.

Check out ParentingLet’s Make a Game of It, a #1 New Release in 7 Amazon categories. Through light-hearted stories, you’ll learn playful ways to stop struggling with your child and start having more fun.

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Read one of the stories now.

“The techniques covered in this book can be used in many situations. I used the Alphabet Search game to keep my bored niece entertained on a walk. Soon we were having so much fun finding letters on signs, license plates, and posters. Everyone on the walk joined in the game!”
— Alex Gomez

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