Yep! You read it right. I actually found a really "fun" and successful way to garner help for my kitchen floor. It goes month(s?) without getting mopped because, well, it's hard work. And it's one of the jobs that isn't the kindest on my back, even when using a mop.
Yesterday, I found my sweet daughter having a creativity/generosity explosion. She was doing all sort of things (without asking). When I found her with a washcloth, Christmas towel, and I-know-not-where-it-came-from bucket of water cleaning the glass doors of the entertainment center "for Daddy," I had an idea. "Hey! Sweetie! I have an idea. The perfect job for you. Do you really want to clean something?" ::winkie face to self:: "Follow Mommy...." ::sly grin::
I set her up to scrub the kitchen floor. She was in heaven! But how was I going to make sure each tile got clean? And I knew she wouldn't last long, so how would I know which ones had been done?
Beads. What else? It would only add to the colorful "fun" of scrubbing the kitchen floor. And it definitely did. I got down on the floor with her, and we worked together. When my middle son found out what we were doing, it was all he could do to make himself sit and finish his schoolwork so he could then come clean the floor, too. Score two for Mom! :-D