Cleaning with Kids
Can be Fun!

2000 by Rachel Webb

Housework, children, fun?

Do these words even belong in the same sentence?

Sure but you need to add some creativity to the jobs! First we need to discuss how to assign the jobs. Job charts that rotate chores can be effective. I recommend using entirely magnetic ones that are easy to write-on/wipe-off. Job charts are not for everyone though so I have included other ideas as well.

For a yummy alternative you may want to try baking the assignments into cupcakes, muffins or cookies. For best results write the tasks on small slips of paper, then fold the papers inside of tin foil squares so the writing on the papers won't fade when the wet batter touches them. Kids will be eager to do the next job to get seconds on a treat!

Another idea would be to list the chores for the day the night before. The first child out of bed and dressed gets to pick the easiest chore!

cozy2.gif (2529 bytes)If your child cannot read yet here is a job list idea. My kids like me to write their chore list using pictures and codes. It's a fun game for them to decipher the pictures and guess what the job might be.

If dusting is a chore your children don't like, substitute the old dust rag for a feather duster. What kid can resist feathers! Another fun idea, try hiding individually wrapped candy in the nooks and crannies of the furniture! Its a great way to make sure that the picture frames get moved from the mantel! Be sure and count the number of candies you hide so that the kids can report to you that they found them all and have finished their

Children also enjoy anything that involves squirting water! I don't like the kids to waste the entire bottle of window cleaner at once but I find that when I water down the solution it's not as toxic for the kids or my cleaning budget!

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Author Rachel Webb designs write-on/wipe-off fridge calendars that are entirely magnetic. They make wonderful job charts. Check out her site:

Note-Ables began producing Magnetic Calendars in early 1999 out of necessity - it was the only way Rachel could keep up with the busy schedule of three active children and numerous church and civic activities!

Manufactured using a heavy flexible magnetic material - Rachel guarantees that the Calendar won't slide off when the kids slam the fridge door! (magnetic strips that slide off are a personal pet peeve at their home)

Note-Ables Calendars are also popular for wedding gifts or office use on filing cabinets, R.V's or metal shop doors. One man we met at a craft fair bought a calendar to put on his automatic garage door -try and beat that for originality!

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