This is one of the best ideas. EVER.
I found this idea, again, on Pintrest! I loved the idea so much that I implemented it into my home within 24 hours. The kids were okay with it, if not thrilled.
This is my UH OH Bucket. Here’s what the label on the box says:
YOU LEFT IT OUT
MOM PICKED IT UP
SHE’S GOT YOUR STUFF
YOU’RE OUT OF LUCK
TO GET IT BACK
MUST DO A CHORE
AGAIN ITS YOURS JUST LIKE BEFORE
I downloaded this adorable label with the poem from Just Another Day in Paradise. This just blew me away. I mean, why didn’t I think of this??? Brilliant!
Here’s how I’m using the idea:
If a child find that her toy/clothing/thing is now in the Uh Oh Bucket, she can ask for a chore to do so that she can get it out. One chore per thing. Also, I get to choose which chore she gets to do. And if the bucket gets full, it’s time for a trip to donate the stuff to our church’s Community Center where we give away clothes, toys, and other things to the poor people in our area.
The Uh Oh Bucket. Or if you prefer, The Mommy Ransom Box.
Get the free printable from the awesome blog, Just Another Day in Paradise!
How do you “encourage” your children to pick up their things?