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Day 85: Putting Away Toys

Here is another learning activity adapted from our “Home Preschool Curriculum” developed by Fran Wisniewski and Diane Flynn Keith for

Remember, only do these learning activities if they are enjoyable for you and your child. Do not treat this as a “must do” lesson. It’s simply a fun activity that provides an opportunity to learn, while building “readiness skills” for the school or homeschool environment.

~ Putting Away Toys  ~

  • Beat the clock! Set a time for 2-5 minutes and see if your child can clean up before the timer goes off.
  • Sing a clean-up song: Sing one or two of these fun songs while your child cleans up their toys.
  • Clean up with BarneyWe’re Going to Clean up Our Room by Barney
  • Young children are capable of helping to clean up after themselves but they will need a little guidance. Walk around with a laundry basket, wagon, or another item that holds toys and tell your child what to pick up. For example, “please pick up the yellow truck under the table.”
  • Call for a clean up time a few times a day.  This way the mess won’t build up! Clean up before lunch and dinner and then again as part of the bedtime ritual. This way your child can start with a fresh play area after meals and when they wake up in the morning.
  • Keeping some of your child’s creations out for a while is nice because the parent that works out of the home will get to see what the child has done that day. You might want to display art projects and pictures as well. Don’t let it build up! Have your child’s creations last only until the next one that begs to be on display. You might want to designate an area of your home for just this purpose.
  • Flashlight Clean-Up! This fun game really helps when your child isn’t sure where to start to clean up their room. Use a flashlight. The first toy that the flashlight beam lands on is the first toy to pick up. Turn off the flashlight while your child picks up the toy and puts it away. Then, turn it on again and shine the light on another toy. Keep going until the room is tidy.
  • Read How to Clean Your Room by Eileen Spinelli.

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