Sorry I fail at writing blogs… I really am not the world’s best writer and I typically leave that department to my mother. Once I get going I’m usually fine (at least I’m counting on that happening in this post!)
I’ve learned to make life a game. In my house we all help with chores every day and the littlest kids, Scout and Curly, are in charge of unloading the dishwasher(s). In reality this chore takes approximately 8 minutes, but they can drag it out to 8 hours on any given day! So in order to encourage them to start and finish their job I have devised games that keep them motivated and focused on the task at hand. The four games are:
Time Me! – I count as they put each item away. This game works for ANY chore and is ridiculously motivating.
Secret Agent- Standing flat against the wall, rolling on the ground, and peeking around the corners. This game takes a bit longer, but they love it and really get into it!
Color Me ______! – When unloading the dishwasher they have to put away all items that are a certain color (i.e. all the blue objects) and then either I guess what color it was or I tell them if they put away the mystery color I was thinking of. This one also reinforces colors which is always a bonus.
Classifying Cups and Bowls- Similar to the color game, they put away all the items that are the same. (i.e. cups, bowls, spoons, etc)
Well. Those are my secrets. (: It makes my life a lot easier when they are happy and motivated to do their chores. If you have any other ideas for a good Job Game, let me know! (: I always like comin’ up with new ones to shake things up.