Fun cleaning games for kids

How can I get my housework done with the children around? Make cleaning fun for kids with these activities.

Fun cleaning games for kids

Try not to stress about mess. In fact, let's make it fun.

We've turned household chores into fun activities for early years children.

And there is one rule for all these games... keep it clean!

​Clothes washing isn't pants

Games for children that involve clothes washing:

  1. Sorting activity: sort the clothes into piles for each member of the family.
  2. Pairing activity: match the socks.
  3. Hanging washing: kids particularly like using pegs to hang washing.
  4. Folding: show children how to fold. Cloths and tea towels are easier for small hands to fold.

Counting cobwebs

Or as adults call this game... dusting!

Small children will love dusting with you. 

Older children can join in too and reach the hard to reach places.

Top tip: remove any fragile ornaments before you let your little ones loose with a duster.

Counting cobwebs


Children love to copy what you are doing.

They can join in with all types of cleaning and household chores:

  • Doing the washing up.
  • Helping with cooking a meal.
  • Pretending to be a window cleaner, a chef, and mummy or daddy. 

Watch the BBC’s Tiny Happy People clip of a toddler enjoying cooking with her mum.

Hip hop, you don't stop

A lot of kids don't like going to bed, never mind tidying up beforehand.

Watch what happens when you add music to the mix. It's a great motivator that's often used in childcare settings. 

My son’s nursery plays the Mission Impossible theme tune to get the children involved. Try it to your whole family's favourite tune. 

Whatever you are doing, including your children can make things a bit easier, even if it's just for a short moment while you cook the family a meal.

Hip hop, you don't stop

What is my child learning?

  • Personal, social and emotional development: gaining confidence in different roles and developing independence.
  • Communication and language: learning new words; developing speaking, listening and understanding skills; engaging in conversation.
  • Physical development: being active; and developing gross and fine motor skills (folding clothes, using clothes pegs). 
  • Understanding of the world: learning new skills and how things work in the world.
What is my child learning?

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