Toy Ransom Box Or Toy Jail: Method To Get Kids To Pick Up After Themselves
Ever heard of a toy ransom box? There was some discussion of it here on the site recently when we were discussing how to get kids to pick up after themselves.
The idea is pretty self-explanatory. The kids leave out a toy, you have to pick it up, they have to do a chore to get it back. Until then you hold the toy ransom.
The idea was made popular with a blog post on Just Another Day in Paradise. In fact, she actually made a cute printable which you can see in many of these readers' photos. It includes a poem that you can put on your toy ransom box.
The photo above and also the one below are from a reader, Dawn, who said, "This works at my house." She went on to explain, "How cool to see my chore box on here!!! It's working well so far. Here's my son dusting to earn his DS back after leaving it lay on the couch. 5 kids live here. Ages 12, 9, 9, 8 & 7."
What do you think of this strategy to help kids learn to pick up after themselves? Does it seem harsh or absolutely perfect?
Also, if you've tried it I would love to hear how it worked for you, whether well or not.
Finally, if you've done any version of this toy jail, or a chore bucket or box, I would love to see your photos.
You can submit them here. The best photos will be featured here on the page. There are even more examples below that have already been submitted.
Here's the other photo Dawn referred to, where her son was dusting to get back some of his toys.
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