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Who will be the ultimate cleaning champion?

Chores, for both kids and parents, are much easier to handle when you make them into a game.  In the immortal words of Mary Poppins, “Ev’ry task you undertake, Becomes a piece of cake.”


What worked for Mary Poppins: after tidying the nursery, she’d take the kids to the park. What she lacked: an element of competition. It’s not nearly as much fun if everyone wins!

Next Saturday, assemble the team and prep them on the Gamification Blog’s Chore Game. You’ll need a timer and some paper. Every player gets a sheet of paper as a scorecard to record their chores. For every chore you complete, write it on your scorecard. When the timer goes off after an hour, count (and verify) to see who’s done the most chores. Whoever wins, gets some sort of reward. Gamification suggests something like winner chooses dinner, or what movie to watch. We’d go one further and say winner is exempt from dinner clean-up.

What are some good kid chores?

  • Making their beds
  • Watering plants
  • Putting away toys
  • Filling/emptying dishwasher?
  • Bringing dirty clothes to laundry room
  • Clearing/setting the table

Photo by thelousche via Flickr

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