Many preschool teachers and childcare providers are familiar with this rhyme:
Clean-up, clean-up, Everybody get some toys.
Clean-up, clean-up, All the little girls and boys.
Clean-up, clean-up, Everybody do your share.
Clean-up, clean-up, Everybody, everywhere.
Singing a song, playing clean-up games, and even reading stories can help encourage children when it comes time to cleanup:
The Big Tidy-Up by Norah Smaridge and illustrated by Les Gray (Golden Books, 2008 edition)
Jennifer's mom has refused to clean up Jennifer's room until after the holidays. With all of that freedom, Jennifer lets her room become wild with messes! Until one day Jennifer just can't handle her messy room any longer and prepares for The Big Tidy-Up.
Diggy Dan: a room cleaning adventure by Daniel and David Kamish (Random House, 2001)
Dan pretends that he is a variety of characters - an archaeologist, a pirate and others - in order to tackle his messy room. This will provide inspiration for different ways to tackle your messes at home!
Gray Rabbit's Odd One Out by Alan Baker (Kingfisher, 1995)
Gray Rabbit cleans his room and searches for his favorite book by sorting things into different groups. Another idea for making clean-up time more interesting and a learning opportunity at home.
Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells (Viking, 2000)
The always-lovable Max is back in this story about cleaning up. Max's older sister Ruby is determined to clean up and get the house back in order, but Max has other plans - to rescue his toys from Ruby!
Monster Mess! by Margery Cuyler and illustrated by S.D. Schindler (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2008)
A monster sneaks into a boy's room at night while he sleeps...and what does this monster do? Why, he cleans up the room of course!