Spring is a great time to get outdoors, appreciate the changing weather, and refresh your indoor environment with a little spring cleaning!
Don’t worry about doing a full scale scrub down of the house, but do take small steps to bring some freshness indoors.
Here are some other ways the entire family can get involved in spring cleaning. Make your child an integral part of this family event! Set aside some time to enjoy these activities together:
Clean Windows: Children love water! Provide them with a spray bottle of water or child-safe window cleaning solution and a squeegee or paper towel. They can clean the windows they are able to reach while you do the ones that require a step stool! Here’s a window washing set with everything your child will need.
Sweep: Your child can work big gross motor muscles by sweeping. If it’s a nice day, invite them to sweep off sidewalks or patios. For indoor cleaning, move furniture so your child can sweep a big area of the room. Younger children will benefit from a “point of interest” as a goal to sweep towards, for example a dustpan or sticker on the floor.
Hang Laundry: As the sun peeks out and the air warms, consider going “eco-friendly” by hanging your laundry outside to dry rather than using the machine dryer. Your child can practice fine motor skills by opening and closing the clothespins and gain practical knowledge about doing laundry! When it’s time to take the laundry down, your child can be in charge of placing the clean clothes in the basket to fold.
However you do spring cleaning in your family, make sure to get your child involved this year! Even the smallest responsibilities will make your child feel like a contributing member of the family, and prepare them for independence later on in life.
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