Teaching kids to tidy up their rooms doesn't have to be a chore. When it comes to bed making, turn this task into a playful adventure for you and your child to go on together. You can make a few memories and enjoy a neat bed when you're done.
Scare Away the Monsters
As you remove the old sheets, let out a roar! Tell your child you're scaring away monsters and creatures that linger under the bed. Once you've determined the coast is clear, ask your child to become a monster hunter and shimmy underneath to retrieve stray pillows, toys, clothes, or bedding. Help your child sort and put away the found items while you make monster sounds together to keep the bad guys away. While cleaning, ask your child to describe what the creatures look like and how they got under the bed in the first place.
Play the Wrinkle Game
As you stretch sheets and blankets over the bed, play a game of "Wild Wrinkles." Each time the child sees a wrinkle or crease in the fabric, show her how to attack it with a flat hand and a smoothing motion. See who can find and smooth the wrinkles the fastest without climbing on the bed. Keep tally by both counting aloud as you attack a wrinkle. Once the bedding is taught and smooth, the game is complete!
Fluff Frumpy Pillows
After cuddling, squeezing, and lying on pillows, they turn into flat pancakes. Give these bedroom necessities a fun fluff by tossing them back and forth. Use a gentle touch and try not to let the pillows touch the floor. Pretend the carpet has magically morphed into a swamp. As you toss, take turns shouting out names of animals you might see in a swamp, such as snakes, toads, or alligators! Each time you grab a pillow, give it a shake to boost its fullness before throwing it across the mucky water. After a few volleys, return the plump pillows to the safe island (the bed).
Tell a Stuffed Friends Story
Finally, no bed making session is complete without adding embellishments to the sleeping space. Let your child pick out her favorite soft toys to decorate the bed. As you work together to line them up next to the pillows or along the footboard, make up a story about the toys returning home or sneaking out. Give the child a starting prompt, such as "After the lights went out, all the toys hurried to the toy box to get their friends. They were ready to go on an adventure!" Ask your child, what's the adventure? Why did they have to go after dark?
Next time your child's room is turned upside down, smile. Chores are an opportunity to act goofy, connect for a few moments, and teach your little one how fun it can be to have a tidy place to play and sleep.