5 Kid-Friendly Games that Get the House Clean

4. Pick-Up Parade
When there are several rooms—or hallways, nooks and crannies—with tons of clutter, organize a Pick-Up Parade by marching through the house and picking up the items that have been strewn about. One child may be in charge of holding the garbage bag in case there are some questionable items that need to be discarded.

5. Inspector Sitter-Sleuth
Give the kids each one small toy to hide somewhere in the room that needs to be cleaned. Explain to them that part of picking a good hiding place is making sure nothing in the room stands out—so they'd better straighten it up if they want to make the toy totally undetectable. Once the toys are hidden, you (excuse me, the inspector) can come in with a magnifying glass and detective badge to try to find the elusive toy.

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