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    Being in childcare I had to find a way to get toddies to pick up. I found if your specific with what u want picked up they usually will do. For example don't just say "go and clean up your toys" direct more with "please pick up your buzz lightyear" and do it with them all till they get the point. If its a big activity like puzzles or Lego, set the example and start picking it up and ask them to come and help you. If none of that works turn it into a game of some sort. Main advice is to stay away from "clean up you toys". It's to overwhelming and the kids don't know where to start at that age so they just avoid and don't do it.

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    I race my two boys: "I bet I can pick up the most!" and then they run around trying to beat me in picking up more stuff. (Of course, I always win but I let them believe they do )

    We also have sticker reward chart for our nearly 4 year olds. (Born from the fact whenever we left the house they were blatantly expecting to return home with a toy- thanks DP, stay-at-home-Dad! ) So, 10 stickers = 1 new toy. In the beginning it was raining stickers. Oh, you packed up 1 toy- have a sticker! Oh, you were polite, have a sticker! Just so they got used to the new system and could SEE that the reward would come at 10, it was almost immediate (as soon as the last sticker was on the chart we would go to Big W) but now, they know they have to work hard to earn a sticker, and if they refuse to help me pack up at the end of the day, then no sticker.
    (It doesn't always work, sometimes they just aren't interested in earning a sticker, and other days they're as eager as beavers)

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    That's for all your suggestions guys!!!!

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    Default Re: getting toddlers to clean up

    Some great ideas, I especially like the race against the clock, I'll be borrowing that one thank you!
    I try to put on "packup" music, something they like to listen to and while the music is on we have to packup. I pick everything up and send then all over the house with stuff... "can you put that in the wash basket / on the book shelf / in the dolly box". It works well but I'm not all that disciplined about it lol, some days I completely forget until after I've tucked then into bed, and then have to do it all myself lol

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    Default Re: getting toddlers to clean up

    I have started making it a game I say I can count to 10 before you pick up the dolls and she is super quick to pick them up before I get to 10. In regards to Lego, blocks they seem to get picked up at or place without a fuss it'd just all the other toys.. Man I have too many... Need to get rid of allot of them!

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