Monday, January 26, 2009

How to get a preschooler to pick up his toys...

Clean-up before bedtime is usually frustrating. All day long Munchkin spreads his things from one end of the house to the other and then, when it's time to pick up, he straggles, plays with each toy before he returns it to his room, has to carry each individual item in his dump truck, accidently knocks down the lego house we let him leave up and then wants to rebuild it, etc. You get the picture.

This evening, the phone rang right at the start of clean-up time. It was Grandpa calling long distance for Munchkin. I confess, my first thought was that it would just be another way for Munchkin to try to get out of having to put his things away. I handed Munchkin the phone and then watched in amazement as he walked briskly back and forth from the living room to his bedroom. With one hand he held the phone and carried on a very cohesive conversation with Grandpa, and with the other hand he picked up toy after toy and put them where they belonged. He had almost the entire job done before the phone call ended and he returned to normal behavior. If we hadn't seen it for ourselves, we wouldn't have believed it.

3 comments:

Amy said...

maybe grandpa can call everynight and distract him?

Donna said...

Don't think we didn't suggest it!

Joyce said...

He must need to be distracted from his distraction.