Saturday, September 11, 2010

{Kitchen Clean Up Game – Kitchen Ninjas}

When my kids were in the 4 to 9 age range, they started to go into the kitchen and get their own snacks or drinks. That was great; I love that my kids are independent. What I didn’t love was the mess that they started leaving – cracker crumbs, puddles of milk and juice, smudges of peanut butter - it seemed like every time I walked into the kitchen, they had left a mess.

So I came up with the “Kitchen Ninjas and Samurai Mom” game. My kids loved ninjas at the time – they knew how ninjas were sneaky and never left any trace that they had been someplace. So I told the kids that they were going to pretend to be Kitchen Ninjas. Every time they went in the kitchen to get a snack, they had to be sure to clean up any mess and leave no trace so that Samurai Mom didn’t know they had been there.

They loved this game and would start laughing and quickly wipe up if “Samurai Mom” were heading in that direction. They loved outsmarting Samurai Mom. We even kept score on a paper on the fridge – ninjas would get a point if mom couldn’t see that they had been in the kitchen, and Samurai Mom got a point if a mess was left. Samurai Mom always gave advance warning of her approach; the clean counters were waaayy better than points  :-)

Unfortunately, my kids have outgrown this game, but I thought I would pass it along to see if it might work for you and your kids.

One of the things that I think got my kids really excited about this game was that we had read the Magic Treehouse Series Book #5 - Night of the Ninjas in which Jack and Annie hang out with ninjas and escape a samurai.

Good luck and please leave us a comment to let us know if this one works for you or any other ideas you have.  Thanks.

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Jennifer Bryan said...

I'll have to try this with my boys. They are 8 and 5. I'm always looking for creative ideas to get them to clean their messes. Thanks!

Kayla said...

Wow you are a genius! I am so using that when that when Potato is older. I wonder if it will work on my husband lol.

Tori said...

What a cute way to get a clean kitchen!!!

ladydazy said...

This is a fun way to teach children to clean at an early age and making it fun. I can't wait to try this with my son when he's old enough.

Lady V dZine said...

I absolutely LOVE this. My son (now 2 1/2) has just gotten to the point that he wants to do everything by himself. Looks like we are going to have some ninjas in the house!

kneesandpaws said...

GREAT IDEA! I have a six year old son and I think this would work. He also happens to love the magic tree house series.
Thanks for sharing!

Kitchens said...

Hey! It's very nice game. I'll definitely try on my Kids because they always mess my kitchen. They also love Ninja and I am sure that they'll be very interested. Thank you so much for sharing this post.

Mitsy said...

I'm definately going to try that! I have 4 kids and I get so flustered after cleaning the kitchen then the kids just trash it over and over. They always enjoy a healthy dose of competition!

Julie @ The Trendy Boutique said...

I love that idea! Do you have any ideas for lazy teens?