Germ Bugs Motivate Kids to Clean Properly!
October 30, 2012 by Heather
Getting your kids to help around the house with chores can be a challenge!
Making it fun? Challenge.
Teaching them to do things right? Challenge!
I want to share a cute diea that my mother in law used with her kids that we’re going to try with ours.
So today I introduce you to Germ Bugs!
Here’s what you do:
Sit down with your kids and these items:
- pom poms
- googly eyes
- hot glue gun
Next, you’ll either make cute glasses out of bristol board, or you’ll use dollar store sunglasses with the lens popped out (or not popped out)… just get some glasses for your kids & deem them the germ bug glasses- they have special abilities to see germs!!
Here’s how you use your germ bugs:
When your kids have completed a chore, ask them if it’s done really well (they’ll insist they have done a fabulous job )
Then tell them to go & grab their germ glasses. While they’re off getting those, you check their work. If the job’s not done to your standards, plant a germ bug!
Your kids will be back in time to examine their own work carefully…
If there’s a bug, then it’s back to work!
When I told Talia (my 6 year old) about this, she thought it was hilarious & awesome!
I’m excited to try it with them because I think it’ll make things fun, and they’ll go back to their chore in a good mood! It’ll also give us learning opportunities- if there’s a bug, we can talk about why it’s there- what might not be done properly here?
I hope you’ll have fun with your kids with this and get a chance to teach them while you’re at it!