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How to teach my child to clean up his toys?

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Asked by newmommy121211 at 11:42 PM on Feb. 23, 2013 in Toddlers (1-2)

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  • child 1-2 is pretty young
    you can start with making a game
    also the easy stuff to clean up first- like all stuffed animals in a basket

    how old is your child?- this question in toddlers 1-2

    Answer by fiatpax at 11:47 PM on Feb. 23, 2013

  • If he's still a little guy, start by not letting him drag out everything he owns at once, because then picking up is overwhelming. Also, be sure there's a place for everything. If he has more toys than places to put them, it will be a losing battle from the start.

    Answer by Ballad at 12:02 AM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • Make it fun.

    Answer by staciandababy at 12:43 AM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • Teach him to only get out one toy at a time. It involves work and will take time and possibly a few tantrums but you will be rewarded when your 3 yo willingly picks up his toys without being asked, because its routine.

    Answer by missanc at 2:21 AM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • Clean up time songs etc, and only allowing him to get a few things out at a time, instead of a room full of toys, so they understand that they have to put back the toys they are currently playing with to be able to get others out, it doesn't take long for them to catch on

    Answer by Princess_s21 at 3:32 AM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • You have to teach kids how to clean. Show them by helping them clean. How did you learn how to do something? By someone showing you how to do it. Right?

    Answer by louise2 at 6:34 AM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • make it fun

    Answer by san78 at 1:18 PM on Feb. 24, 2013

  • don't make it sound like it is work. Make it fun and do it with them, See who is faster, sing a song, count things as you put them away. Slowly but surely they will get it, make a big deal out of it, when they put something away. (some them it is a good thing to pick up) My 2.5yr old now picks up her toys and sings a clean up song. sometimes she makes it up, sometimes she sings what she was taught. At 2 it is important that you make sure to not make a big deal if it isn't picked up or put away right. As long as they are starting to HELP be happy and say thank you. Good Praise, will make them want to do it more. You can always fix it later.

    Answer by Novmeber2006 at 3:31 PM on Mar. 6, 2013

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