Children love to play.
Their first thought when they wake up is about games and the last before going to sleep is always there, about the games and the various activities that they would never leave even when sleep begins to be felt.
If the game is the undisputed protagonist in the life of the little ones, it is much less natural and easy to convince them to put the used toys back in order.
How do get the children to tidy up?
It is clear that children love to bring out (from boxes and trunks) games and objects, by virtue of a healthy and positive drive to curiosity and exploration.
Furthermore, the urge to independently take games and objects is clearly strong, because playing means fun and pleasure.
On the contrary, tidying up does not arise spontaneously in children, it requires our intervention.
However, from an early age, they can learn, with our help, to “fix” and therefore over time this can become a habit.
Why get them used to putting their games in order?
The trivial and simple tidying up of the games used as an intrinsic very important educational message.
In fact, in this way we teach our children that when we use something, we must put it back in its place afterward, without expecting someone else to do it for them.
Then growing up they will be able to generalize this rule to everything else (school books and notebooks, other objects, their own environment/room…).
Furthermore, as for us adults, even for the little ones the external order allows you to have inner order, to orient yourself among the games, to be able to concentrate on one game at a time. You know a child in a room full of games? He doesn’t know where to look, he goes from game to game without really pausing to play more than a few minutes with the same game and what he perceives is just confusion.
This is the reason why I recommend, as far as possible, to put away a toy before moving on to another, in order to facilitate the child to concentrate and therefore devote their attention to a single activity.
What if they rebel?
Let us expect that the initiative to put in order does not meet the favor of our little ones and that a lot of firmness and patience will be needed, in order to avoid giving in and doing it for them.
However, it is also true that, as with everything, the way we propose it to them is very important. If we put it as an imposition, it will be very likely that they can react with the infamous oppositional “no” and therefore the moment to put in order becomes a “tug of war” and a reason for the challenge.
On the contrary, if we propose it in a firm but calm way it is easier to meet the collaboration of the little ones.
Try to offer to help them tidy up and make this moment a pleasant opportunity to play. You will see that you will immediately get an excellent result!