Friday, October 10, 2008
Making Yardwork Fun
When I have a basket of clean clothes, it's time for the "Laundry Game" where we have a competition to see who can fold and put away their laundry the quickest. Dishes must be cleared and put into the dishwasher if there is to be dessert. Right before I vacuum a room, the boys have 5 minutes to pick up their stuff so I don't "accidentally" suck their toys up into my vacuum cleaner. There needs to be a reward or consequence to gain full cooperation.
I have extended the fun to include the yard work.
This has been a crazy season for nuts. Our patio and surrounding area has been bombarded with acorns and hickory nuts. The nuts have been making a mess on our patio and need to be handpicked out of the surrounding pebbles. We held a competition to see who could fill their 5 gallon bucket first.
I helped by working alongside the boys and took turns dumping my much smaller container into each of my boys buckets. In just under an hour, my eldest son was declared the winner ( see the full bucket in the top photo) and our patio area looked tons better!
We are still working on perfecting the sport of team speed cleaning before company is due.
We have family coming to visit tomorrow. I think tonight we will have the "House Cleaning Olympics". I would appreciate any suggestions for "games" we can include. Perhaps a contest for the best game idea????? Anyone?
Posted by Bad Momma at 11:02 AM