Purpose: This is good for a quick clean up before guests come over or when you need to do some morale building in your home.
Materials: Timer with a loud buzzer (we use the microwave)
FIFTEEN MINUTE FRENZY: Bring everyone together and tell them that they are going to work for 15 minutes to help straighten the house. Divide the house into 5 sections. Clearly explain the divisions. Tell them that everyone is going to work fast and hard in section 1 for 3 minutes; then when the timer buzzes you are going to set it again for 3 minutes and focus on section 2, and continue through all five sections the same way. Work with your children; they love it when the parents are involved.
The success of this technique is: high energy, group participation, instant gratification and beat-the-clock motivation.
Testimonial: After I used this game my nine year old son said to me, “When we clean up again can we do this?” Key words ‘when’ (because he knew that we would be cleaning again) and ‘can’ (do my ears deceive me or did my son just ask for work?).
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