Readiness for Kindergarten – Vacuuming Can Be Fun & Learning

No time to prepare your child for kindergarten? Helping your child with kindergarten readiness can be done at the same time as you are doing what you need to do, even if it’s the vacuuming.

I don’t know about you, but vacuuming has never been high on my list of fun things to do. To add both fun and readiness for kindergarten learning, have your child give you the directions of where to vacuum. This needs to be adapted for the age of your child but can go something like this: ” Okay, where do you think I should vacuum–behind the sofa or above it? Should I vacuum in the bed or under it?” Even little ones think vacuuming in the bed is quite silly and soon suggest some other funny alternatives as they practice using these important words and concepts.

An older child can be a robot controller and give you, as the robot, the instructions: ” Take 3 steps ahead, vacuum under the table. Back up 2 steps and turn to vacuum under the chair.”  Left and right can still be tricky at this age and the robot (that’s you) may end up wrong place. Kids quickly see if they have missed an important part of the instructions or given the wrong direction as the ‘robot’ has problems. This turns vacuuming into a game instead of a chore. It can even be so much fun that kids beg for a turn! Did you remember to use your best robot sound effects?


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