Any ideas to get my son to pick up after himself more? He is 2 but he understands. Any good methods?

Lenora - posted on 08/24/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )




My son likes to make a mess, like most kids. I would love for him to want to pick up his things more. Any good tips on getting him to do so? He is 28 months. Thanks.


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try rewarding him.. for example when he picks up after hiself give him a satr on a chart and when he gets so many give him a treat etc. Make sure you praise him everytime he does this then he will know he's doing something good

Amanda - posted on 08/24/2009




Oh and PS I remember my mom always threatening me to throw my toys out if I kept leaving them around, I would leave that one for future, lol I think saying that to a 2 years old is a little harsh!

Amanda - posted on 08/24/2009




It's good to see someone who wants to start so early, and your right he understands!
I plan on making it some sort of game with my son when the time comes, make it a race, or keep a chart and use stickers, and of course, praise him, they love to know they are doing something good!

Vicky - posted on 08/24/2009




my daughter is unusually tidy for a 2 year old most of the time but i just don't let her take out another toy that she wants unless we clear up the mess that she's made with the ones already out - that usually works with her anyway ;-)

Jen - posted on 08/24/2009




My daughter is 20 months and we have had her pick up after herself since she could walk which was 14 months. We sing the clean up song and she puts her toys back in their correct bins. For messes I've started helping her use the dust buster to clean up underneath her high chair. We also ask her to take things to the trash can for us and she loves to clean up her high chair tray after she's eaten. We also try to stop her before she has too many toys out by asking her to put something away before she takes something new out. Just make it fun and he'll love to help you out.

Kerri - posted on 08/24/2009




My son hates to clean up as well! At two though, I made a game out of it (see how fast you can put your toys away) and sang songs and just made it fun. Make sure you don't overwhelm them by just saying "clean up your toys". It may help to be more specific, like start by saying "OK, it's time to put your cars away" then move onto books, puzzles, etc.
It's great teaching them good habits young so it stays with them! Good luck! =)

Stacy - posted on 08/24/2009




My boys hate hate hate to clean up! The only thing that really works for them is to stop often to do it while the mess is still small. That way it doesn't feel like as much of a job. I tried songs and races but it didn't work for mine. I just stand in the room and watch them and help keep focus. If its a big mess I will some times tell them that I will help. I will pick up one toy for every one toy they pick up. But never do it all for them.

Michelle - posted on 08/24/2009




At my daycare centre we sing the "clean up" song.

"Clean up, clean up

Everybody, everywhere

Clean up, clean up

Everybody do your share"


"It's time to tidy up,

It's time to tidy up,

It's time to our toys away,

It's time to tidy up"


"You tidy up and I'll tidy up,

We'll tidy up together.

You tidy up and I'll tidy up,

We'll put our toys away."

Shana - posted on 08/24/2009




I tell my 23 month old that if she doesn't put something away (or if she uses it incorrectly) that we are giving that toy a time out. I clean it up and put it away for a day or two and then give it back.

Catherine - posted on 08/24/2009




You can try making a game out of it.. maybe singing a song i know that with my 14 month old son when i sing "the clean up" song he thinks its great and i showed him how to pick up his toys and now everytime I start singing that song he will stop what he is doing and start putting his toys away. Just make sure you clap and show them that they are doing a good job.. Good Luck.

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