Tips for Making Packing Fun for Kids
Published on Thursday, 07 June 2012
Packing a home for a removal can be quite a tedious task especially when kids are involved but you can get them involved in many different ways, there is really no need to have them out of the house while packing let them join in and they can have fun during the process. There are many creative ways to get the kids involved in the move and it is not as bad as it sounds. Here are some tips to make packing fun for younger kids and still get things done on time.
Make packing boxes a game
For most kids they have to have a goal to achieve, something they can say I did this and this is good and it helps build character and a goal achieving mentality. Explain to the kids that you will be moving into a new home and you need them to pack their belongings into boxes by shape of their toys. Give them an example and let them run free packing their toys. Let them know as well to make you aware when they finish each box and tell them what a great job they did after you see it. Nothing is better than making your parents proud.
Offer a reward to the kids for packing
Kids always do their best when they can win a prize, so offer them a reward for packing their rooms and for helping during the move. Depending on the age of the kids of course will determine what kind of reward to offer them in return for a job well done. A kid's fun zone is always a good choice, in other words a trip to an arcade. Just make sure they know when the prize will be awarded, it may be two weeks after the move or maybe just a day out for ice cream in the new neighborhood.
Write out task cards for kids
This is a quite good tactic to getting kids involved in a move, especially for older children. If they have a direction and they can see what they have accomplished in what amount of time, it helps to keep them involved in the move. They will most likely be focused on finishing their cards. Get some index cards and write a task on each card and have each child draw a card until they are all gone, then they can carry out the tasks they draw. This is better than saying "you do this and you do that" kids are more susceptible to having the choice themselves. Just remember to make enough cards for everyone to have the same number of tasks and you may want to allow them to trade between each other.
Keeping kids involved in a move is a good thing to do the will feel as though they are capable and there are a ton of ways to get them involved by their own choice. Think of creative ways that will get them interested in helping. You may want to think of several different ways and let them vote on the way they like the most.
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