We have a clean up song and making clean up time into a game helps too. "Let's see how many toys can we pick up in 30 seconds!" Or "I spy something that is orange and that goes in this bin. Do you see it?" Things like that. Having designated areas for different kinds of toys makes it easier to know where things go. I have lots of plastic see through drawers and bins with pictures of the toys that go inside them on the front. Cars in one bin, trains in another, dinosaurs, animals, etc. Also, picking up for 5 minutes several times a day is easier and less stressful than one big clean up, so we have morning clean up, afternoon clean up and evening clean up.
at 1:43 AM on Aug. 11, 2009