Guest Post by Katrina
Can I just say something for a second – It’s SPRING! Well, more like – It’s no longer winter! Which after the winter we just had here in Southern Ontario is good enough for me. I have been spending as much time as I can outdoors now that the weather is warmer.
In my haste to spend as much time as possible outside I did forget one thing. Outside is dirty. I mean really, really dirty. My daughter has been coming home from daycare with dirt streaks on her face and a pound of sand in her shoes (okay, maybe not a full pound).
On one hand, I do not mind at all. I would rather have her playing outside than indoors watching tv. But I would like it if she stayed a bit more clean. To help combat the fight against dirt I have been trying new (fun) ways to keep her clean.
Fun And Easy Ways To Keep Kids Clean
Make everything into a song. Kids learn and remember by repetition. Create a song with instructions on what you would like them to do. For example this past winter I started singing a song to help my daughter remember to put away her jacket, mittens etc before we went into the house.
The song went “take off your jacket” *clap,clap,clap,clap* “your mittens” *clap,clap,clap,clap* “your boots” *clap,clap,clap,clap* “and then we go inside, to see Eko (our dog)”. Now, I am not going to win a Grammy with that song but she looked forward to singing it every time we got home and she knew she could not leave the sunroom unless those things were done.
Create an outdoor shower station. Let the kids get dirty. They will have lots of fun playing in the dirt and making mud pies. They will equally have as much fun rinsing off the dirt with an outdoor shower station. It does not need to be fancy – just a hose will do. By giving your kids the opportunity to clean up themselves in a fun way you might be surprised by how willing they will be to do it.
Give them the right tools. Sometimes a kid just needs a good bath. But bathtime is not always sunshine and rainbows. Especially after a long day of having fun outdoors. Kids get tired and cranky. When you have the right tools to use you can ease most hand washing and bathtime frustrations. I really like to use Kandoo Hand Soap and Body Wash on those days. The had soap and body wash comes out as bright colored foam. I like it because it lets my daughter know when she is covered with soap and if she has missed any spots. That way she is sure to clean herself from head to toe! We can make a game out of making every body part purple.
Do your kids like to get messy? How do you make clean up fun? I would love to learn your tips.