Involve your child in cleanup by saying something like: “We’re going to do three things. Ready? One: Touch your head. Two: Spin around. Three: Jump up and down” Do these actions together. Then ask them to come up with three different things to do. See how long you can keep taking turns.
See what your child is learning
Your child is using their memory to keep the order of things to do in mind and practicing self-control to stay on task. You’re helping them learn tools for doing something they may not want to do, an ability they need for taking on life’s challenges.