Kids, clean your own mess!
February 28, 2011 § 13 Comments
Now that I have a very capable 4 year old on my hands, I’ve come to the conclusion that I can no longer let her get away with not cleaning her room. I am a crazy-organized mom so I actually prefer to do it myself. Nothing drives me more up the wall than blocks mixed with princess shoes mixed with strawberry shortcake— all in the same bin. I mean, how can she play like that?!? But really, there had to be a system that she could relate to so that her toys stayed picked up AND in a spot where she could find them again.
I don’t know about your 4 year old, but mine can’t read yet. So, I decided that putting pictures on every bin would enable her to know the correct spot for things. I even went as far as to use the actual toy in the picture so she wouldn’t be confused. I also added the written word with it so she could begin to recognize the word with the picture.
I am happy to say that after showing her how, she has really caught on to this concept. It is actually has become a game for her— sorting things in the bins that match the picture. YES!!! I’ve attached the labels below that I used. They print correctly on Avery 8160 labels or compatible ones. I just used pictures from the ToysRus site, so it’s probably not very legal to actually call these a printable. So, they are on my page and I am not calling them anything… just an example to do with as you wish in the privacy of your own home. 🙂