Monday, July 23, 2012
WORK is Child's Play
Of course, it takes longer with them helping, and often I have to go over and re-clean the things they have cleaned (but not when they are looking), but it is just so worth the extra time!
When I started considering cleaning as a learning activity that my buddies all enjoy, I wanted to make sure I had the right materials on hand to make it easy for them to be successful. I have an ample amount of kid-friendly cleaning supplies. I have dozens of scrubby sponges, cleaning rags, mild cleansers, a built-in vac that collapses down to the perfect size, and real brooms that I have cut down to make them buddy size.
Some of the things my buddies love to help with are: vacuuming, sweeping, wiping cupboard doors and walls, scrubbing floors, cleaning windows and folding our little hand drying towels. Allowing them to do these activities with me gives them a sense of responsibility for their surroundings and pride in their accomplishments. I'm proud of their accomplishments, too!
Things are not always in perfect, immaculate order, but things get done and we have fun doing them. I am certainly not going to inform them that they are working! And wouldn't it be great if nobody ever told them?