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    Jelly beans...
    Just joking. I threaten, cajole, plead and beg.
    Try and make a game of it, set the two girls up in competition with each other.
    But the most effective thing was packing away half the toys and putting the rest up so high they can't reach them. Then the ones that are out need to be packed up before they can play with something else.

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    Remember to keep it simple and give specific tasks (eg. put all the trucks in this box). Saying 'clean up your toys' to a child under 5 is not going to be really understood as it's actually quite vague and they often need a lot more direction.

    We have an oven timer that we use on occasion - "Lets see how many trains we can put in the box before the timer beeps". When my ds was 4 and could count well I'd send him to get '10 trains' and then '10 more trains' and things like that. Something that would work one day wouldn't necessarily work the next day, so you do need to mix it up a bit.

    Another big thing is avoiding cleaning up when the child is tired - it won't work. When my ds (now 5.5 years old) was on holidays we set 4:30 - 5pm as clean up time and it worked really well. Previously we'd tried clean up at 6pm after dinner and it was a disaster and usually ended in tears all around. Cleaning up by 5pm meant 5 - 5:30pm was quiet play with 1 thing time, or watch tv time. Then 5:30pm was dinner and 6pm was bath and 6:30pm was bed.

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    Don't rule out bribery! I often find myself telling DD, "If you'd like [snack/fun activity], then let's pack up the toys. Come on, Mummy will help you". I try to make it sound fun, and offering to help makes the task seem less daunting, I think.

    PPs have given some really good suggestions though - will def be using some of them myself!

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    We pack up one toy before getting another and always have, once he was walking I would get him to help me while I was saying pack up time. Now I just need to say pack up time and he starts picking them up.

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    I start cleaning and putting things away myself first, 9 times out of 10 N will say "I do it" and he helps.

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    We pack up one toy before getting another and always have, once he was walking I would get him to help me while I was saying pack up time. Now I just need to say pack up time and he starts picking them up.
    I don't find this works, my boys like to mix things up ie blocks/plan car city stuff with matchbox cars, musical instruments and scarves, dress ups with everything! For more closed end stuff though yeah I do this- puzzles, craft..

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    I use money bribes... I tell dd if she wants more toys she has to clean up these ones to earn the money to buy more.
    It doesn't work Last time she said "You have the money Mummy, you clean up the toys". I think she may grow up to be a CEO one day, so proud.

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    I have dd1 who is 5, dd2 who is 3 and ds who is 20 months.
    We have separate clear plastic tubs for separate types of toys. So a box for barbies, box for ponies, box for dress ups, box for trains/cars, etc. there is a picture on each box of what goes in it and I give the girls a time limit of how long to race and put stuff away.
    So I'd say "when the clock says 11.00 (their bedroom clock is digital) you need to have picked up all the barbies" then While they are racing to pack them up I'm yelling "quick, quick, times almost up" or similar so it's like a fun game for them.
    Then we do whatever type of toy they choose next, or one will choose to pack up one type of toys and the other has to race them and pack up another.

    As long as i make it fun they'll help but if I ask them to do it on their own or don't suggest a game then I have no hope of them doing anything.

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    we clean as we go, nothing new comes out until the first things away

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    I ask DD to pack up her things & offer to help (she's 26mnths)

    If she does it without a fuss, she gets praise and sometimes a reward (cartoons)

    If she refuses she gets a time out.

    I find the trick is to be very specific with little ones.

    If her room looks like a bombs hit it, & I asked her to 'clean it up', I'm sure shed probably just stare at me confused. But if I stand there saying 'put the dollys in the pram, put your books on the shelf/puzzles in the box' she understands/complies.


 

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