After playing with toys I have always encouraged my daughter to pack them away. Some of her first words were, “away, away”. In fact she is quiet a clean freak but I’m not sure how much I had to do with that, I think it’s just her personality. Lately though she has turned two and packing up toys is less fun… She has realised it’s a more tedious job than once thought before.
Feeling that I definitely want my kids to be able to pack away their toys, I recently ordered this little animal shaped timer and thought we would try setting it to 2 mins and having a crazy fast pack away time, with a big celebration at the end for encouragement. It works a treat and I can probably set the time a bit longer now because Harper is enjoying it and when we are done she says, “more, more”.
I say, “Let’s do the Put Away Pig game” before nap time and sometimes in the evenings. She knows what it is now and is excited to clean up! Wow, who would have though!?
There are other animals and teddy bear timers sold if your kid is into cows say, it could be clean up cow
Below is the link for a Pig Timer: