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Tidy up time battles.

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littleraysofsunshine Wed 15-May-13 21:45:03

What's your tips please?!

SizzleSazz Wed 15-May-13 21:45:48

No TV till tidying up is done.

PoppyWearer Wed 15-May-13 21:46:29

Play the "time to tidy up" song like they do at nursery (two times over if needed).

glenthebattleostrich Wed 15-May-13 21:53:27

Tidy up time song works quite well and the tidy up time challenge - who can put the most toys away in the correct place (I look after a very competitive 3 year old!) with the winner getting a sticker.

If all else fails the 'messy toy' box - any toys not put away get put in my special box where they can't come out for a day or 2 - simple rule being if they can get the toy out they can put it away!

SilveryMoon Wed 15-May-13 21:55:48

I've told my ds's (4yo and 5yo) that if they leave their toys out, the toy fairy thinks they are for her and she takes them away to play with them.
What actually happens is that if they go to bed with toys not put away, I put them in a bin-bag in the back of my wardrobe.
Works well.

InsanelyBrainDeprived Wed 15-May-13 21:57:41

Routine is your friend. I'm my house all toys get put away while tea is cooking. They help as much as toddlers can. Tea is eaten and quiet time toys come out such as jigsaw, books etc. five minute warning till bath time. Remaining toys cleared.

Once downstairs they can watch an episode of mr moon or whoever is flavour of the week then upstairs to bed.

InsanelyBrainDeprived Wed 15-May-13 22:15:11

Killed the thread grin

grabaspoon Wed 15-May-13 22:18:00

Agree I generally get mine to tidy up while I'm cooking lunch/tea then meal is ready when it's tidy - if the room isn't tidy; I start eating my meal and only when I have finished my meal will I get up from the table to get DC's. So it pays to be tidy.

littleraysofsunshine Thu 16-May-13 08:17:17

How old are your dc's?

DorisShutt Thu 16-May-13 08:21:57

Tidy up time song???

Where do you find such a wonderful thing?

(For the record, we don't have a tidy up time as such, more we do it as we go along, but I could do with something at the end of the day to signal the swap to bedtime routine)

chocolatecheesecake Thu 16-May-13 08:26:59

To the tune of frere jacques:

Tidy up time, tidy up time
Boys and girls, boys and girls
Lets be good little helpers, lets be good little helpers
Tidy up. Tidy up.

From nursery!

DorisShutt Thu 16-May-13 08:30:50

Ooh, even my terrible singing might manage that! Thanks! thanks

BlueChampagne Thu 16-May-13 12:53:25

Anything could be a tidy up song if you work at it long enough to instil a pavlovian reaction!

PoppyWearer Thu 16-May-13 20:10:27

This is the tidy up song they use at nursery and I play it from Spotify. I'm sure it's out there on iTunes or the Internet as well.

Iwantmybed Thu 16-May-13 20:16:01


LittleMissLucy Thu 16-May-13 21:59:29

Music and bribes.

Sparklingbrook Thu 16-May-13 22:03:58

When mine were little I would set the kitchen timer and see how much they could put away before it went ding.

littleraysofsunshine Fri 17-May-13 20:20:05

I tried the song, and it worked. smile I made up my own version to include our names smile

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