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Games to Speed Up a Cleanup

By Jenner Porter | Art by Mitch Mortimer

Highlights 4Cs

Curious, Creative, Caring, and Confident™
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Cleaning your room is a piece of cake when you mix in some fun!

1. Beat the Timer

What you’ll need:  

A timer and some fast feet 

How long do you think it will take to clean your room? Five minutes? Ten minutes? Take a guess! Set your timer for whatever time you guessed. Start the timer, and go! See if you can finish before the timer beeps. It may take more than one try. Keep guessing until you do beat the timer! 

2. Song Stop

What you’ll need:  

Catchy tunes and people to help you clean 

One person (the DJ) starts the first song. As the music plays, the others clean as fast as they can (while still using care!) When the DJ pauses the music, freeze! When the DJ starts the music again, start cleaning again! At the end of the song, someone else takes a turn as the DJ. Keep playing until the room is clean. 

3. “Pick Up” Sticks

What you’ll need:  

Craft sticks (or slips of paper), a pen, and a cup 

Look around your room. What needs to be spruced up? Books? Toys? Maybe your bed? Write each thing on its own craft stick. Put all the sticks in a cup. Then pick a stick to see what you’ll clean first. When you’re done with that stick, grab another! When all the sticks are gone, your mess should be gone, too!