Let’s face it: a household chore is labor, and it can get real boring real fast. That is probably why most kids don’t like doing chores. Come to think of it, when you were a kid, you probably didn’t like chores either for the exact same reason.
The thing is, chores need not be that tedious. You can actually turn that chore chart for kids into a list of fun things to do if you know how. Here are some ideas that will help you make chores more fun for your children.
Sing and dance through chores.
Something as monotonous as wiping the dishes dry can be made livelier simply by singing songs while doing it. The same can be said of sweeping or mopping the floor. Have them use the broom or mop as a microphone, and throw in some dance steps for good measure. Children’s songs would be great for the younger ones, while your older kids will probably be happier singing along with pop songs on the radio. Or you can make up a song together!
Play laundry basket or trashcan basketball
If you’ve assigned your kids chores that involve putting something into a receptacle, then hamper or garbage can basketball will be awesome. Mimic a sports announcer as your child picks up that shirt from the floor, wraps it into a ball, then mime-dribbles on the way to the hamper and scores a basket! Or, your kid could do some Steph Curry and launch that shirt from the other side of the room.
You can have your kid do the same thing when tasked with dumping garbage into a trashcan.
Whip your stopwatch out.
Kids are typically competitive, so have them do the same chore, divide it into two equal parts, then get them to compete with each other on who finishes first. Run a stopwatch and see who’ll get things done in record time. You can even use your commentating skills for this one and make a play-by-play account of the entire thing.
Have them go on a treasure hunt.
Put treats, coins, stickers, or any item that your kids will surely love under toys, books, and other items that need to be put away. Tell them that they will get some treasure if they pick these things up and put them in their rightful places. You can even dangle a prize for the one who puts the most number of things away.
Give them timed breaks.
We adults get a break from work, and so should our kids who are doing chores. Make sure you time those breaks, because that would be an excellent way of preparing them for the real world. If you can draw up fun activities or tell a story during that break, then that would be splendid as well.
Switch things up.
Chore charts are meant to be followed. They’re a great way of making household chores more structured as well as teaching kids to follow a routine. However, with the same kids doing the same tasks over and over again, it would just be a matter of time before they complain that their chores are becoming incredibly boring. The chores they have come to love doing will lose their novelty, and pretty soon their interest in doing them will fade away too.
You don’t want something like that to happen, especially if you’re bent on making them do chores to help them prepare for life as an adult. So switch that chore chart up or you can just create a new one with different tasks. That way, the whole doing household chores thing will remain novel and fresh for them.
These are just some of the ways you can make chores fun for your kids. Think up some more ideas, and continue teaching them the skills and lessons that will help them later in life in the most enjoyable way possible.
About The Author
Samantha Green is the Content Marketing Strategist for BusyKid, the first and only chore and allowance platform where kids can earn, save, share, spend, and invest their allowance. A mom of two, she enjoys spending time with her kids and reading books to them.