No one likes cleaning but when families complete activities together, fun memories can be made. Kids need to learn life skills and our free printable gives a visual checklist of what needs to be done.
- Building proprioceptive activities into cleaning keeps muscles strong and provides valuable sensory input. Sweeping and mopping floors provides instant gratification since kids can see the results of their efforts immediately!
- Make cleaning products on your own with fragrant oils, water, vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. I found this post from Good Housekeeping on making your own cleaners. What scents calm your child? Many people love vanilla and lavender and find them calming. Spraying clean linens with ‘bedtime’ spray made of calming scented water and placed into a spray bottle is fun for kids and grown-ups alike.
- Give kids an example of what you mean by ‘clean it up.’ Take pictures of your child’s room when toys are picked up and put in the correct places. Snap a photo of the bed with covers and sheets made correctly. Many children with special needs work better with a schedule or photos of tasks being done.
- Make cleaning fun! Create games such as tossing dirty clothing into the basket to see who can get the most items in. Set a clock to see who can pair or match socks the fastest. Kids love to race and compete against each other. Anytime we make a task fun, kids are more likely to participate.
- Use our FREE Kids Spring Cleaning Printable!
Here’s a link to a FREE Kids Spring Cleaning Printable for my readers only.