Making Laundry fun for Kids


With five (soon to be six) people in the house, we have a lot of laundry.  While I don’t mind doing the laundry, getting it all sorted, folded, and put away, is time-consuming. I also want to teach my children that being part of a family means you help out around the house. However, when it comes to laundry, they drag their feet, whine, and complain about helping.

To curb the whining and get more willing help, I’ve been trying out all different gimmicks, bribes, incentives, you name it. Last weekend amongst complaints of being bored, I came up with a game that seemed to help get them to help and curing their boredom.

Socks are the bane of my existence. With 10 feet in the house, there are always pies of socks mismatched and piles of socks waiting to be matched.  I collected all our mismatch bags (each person has one in their closet) and all the clean socks from the laundry I had just done and created the Sock Matching Game:

My kids love games, they love competing against each other and will try anything for the chance to win a piece of candy.

Step 1:

sock game

Set up a drying rack somewhere where your children will have room to run around it on all sides.

Fill the rack with all the socks you can find, starting on the outer rungs first.  I tried to avoid the inner rungs as they were too hard to reach, and the kids would knock of other socks getting to them.

Step 2:

sock matching game

Set up a sorting area to place the matched socks. We just used paper to mark each kid’s spot. You could also use baskets.

After socks are matched and folded this is where the kids pile them up.

Step 3:

sock matching game

The Game!

Place kids on each side of the drying rack (I only have two old enough to play, but this could work with up to four).

Have kids put their hands on their heads and close their eyes (so they don’t start matching!). On the count of three, set them loose to match!

The goal is to run around and match as many socks as possible until there are no matches left. The socks DO NOT have to be their own. They just need to match and be folded.

Step 4:

sock matching game

The winner is the one who matches the most socks.

A variation would be to set a timer and see who can match the most socks in a set amount of time.

The kids had fun, the socks were matched and I didn’t have to do it!

My son would like me to add the disclaimer that he feels in our house this game is intrinsically not fair because we have two girls, and “all girls socks look the same”. Coming from the boys whose socks are all white, we think he was just sore that he lost. In the end they both got a piece of candy and I got socks matched and put away. I would call that a win win!

Do your kids help with laundry? Any fun tips or tricks to share with us?

Making Laundry fun for Kids
About Melissa Haak 626 Articles
Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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  1. You want your children to help with laundry – get them the book”Windy and Whirly”. After reading, my kiddos want to sleep in the laundry room…..

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