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  • Writer's pictureIlaria Galliano

The tidying-up routine

How fun is it to play and tidy up?...

Our kids enjoy playing, but they often move quickly between activities, leaving toys scattered around the room. 

And when we look around, we only think "What a mess!"

Living in a clean and organized environment enhances concentration, promotes learning, and provides a functional space for children's growth.

Have you ever struggled to get children to pick up their toys?

There are a number of strategies that we can teach our children to help them tidy up effectively.

It is important to encourage them to tidy up from a young age

After finishing an activity, they should collect all the materials used and then move on to another game or task. We can also make tidying up a part of our daily routine by allocating a specific time for it. In this way, we can help our children understand that tidying up is not a chore, but a fun and important part of any activity.

The tidying up routine.

Tidying up is a skill that children develop over time with the support and encouragement of their parents. It helps them learn to be more conscious in choosing between games. To maintain order, parents can organize various games in special baskets, making it easier for children to put away the tools once they finish playing. Organizing the room and selecting specific games can help your child focus on the different play possibilities offered by each item. Storing toys in boxes can make it easier for your child to find what they're looking for. By keeping specific types of toys in separate boxes, such as animals, lego, or colored pencils, your child will know where to find them. Limiting the number of toys available can also improve concentration and attention by reducing the possibility of distraction from the activity at hand. Additionally, by creating a safe and familiar space for your child to play in, you can foster their autonomy and independence. 

The play space.

An environment designed specifically for children is important. Our children's room should be organized according to their needs, abilities, and interests.

Organizing games in special fabric or wooden boxes can be very helpful for children who are looking for an activity to do. Moreover, it can also make cleaning up easier as it helps children understand where to put the toys away since everything has an assigned place inside the room.

Let's focus on including only the essential items within the play area to promote the growth and psycho-physical development of children. Having too many games available can cause confusion or loss of interest during playtime.

Careful organization of the play area will create a welcoming and stimulating environment for children to explore and learn.

Here are some practical tips to help children learn to tidy up:

  • We propose to do it together; setting an example and demonstrating how to do so encourages children to imitate this behavior;

  • We organize the games inside boxes;

  • Please ensure to select a location for each item;

  • The games we offer can change periodically based on needs, abilities, and skills of our children;

  • We can set up play corners that include areas for symbolic play, constructive play, reading, and drawing activities;

  • Let's establish a routine where we put everything in its place after each activity;

  • It is important for children to understand when it's time to tidy up. To make it easier, a helpful approach is to use a phrase, nursery rhyme, or song to signal that it's time to put things back in their proper place. This tactic can be particularly effective in the initial stages of teaching children to tidy up.

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