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The Runaway Shirt & How to Make Games Out of Chores!

The Runaway Shirt is an adorable and heartwarming story book. It made my Momma heart so very happy when I read it for this review!

Chores & Little Ones

It’s difficult getting chores done with little ones running around at our feet, but it isn’t impossible. I’m pretty sure every Momma has had that moment, or a hundred of them, where they thought of how fast it would be to get something done if their little one would just go play for 10 minutes! Even as an Auntie, I had those moments and babysitting them was rare!

The Runaway Shirt is an adorable reminder for us to take in those moments and enjoy them. All too soon, they will be a thing of the past. All of those little things that caused you to think ‘I’ll never miss this…’ will be long gone and you’ll wish to have them back, if only for a little while. From a Mommy whose lost, I can say with everything in, please take in those moments. Take a deep breathe and appreciate them. Words can never express how much we wanted to have them and how, even years later, we still long for them.

Make A Game Out of Every Chore

The Runaway Shirt & How to Make Games Out of Chores! @Crafty_ZooIn The Runaway Shirt, Mommy is trying to fold clothes but her little one decides to put one on so she’s ‘folds’ him up and the game is set. It’s so sweet and I can imagine in my mind playing such games with little ones.

In awe of that, I decided to come up with and share some game ideas to keep your sanity, share your love and still get your work done. Since the book talked about laundry, I’ll start with it.

Doing Laundry: Teaching Patience & Self Confidence

Children are absolutely thrilled to put clothes in the washer or dryer. If they can reach it, lay a sock on the side of the washer so that you can put the big stuff in. One at a time, they can add the sock or other small item to the dryer while you toss in the big stuff (and bundles of it!). When you are all done, lift them and ask them to check and see if there is anything left? Then have them close the dryer door.

If your little one is old enough to walk (well), send them to put away pieces of clothing individually. As you are folding a piece they can put away, talk to them about how they have to wait for you and be patient, what being patient means, and give them specific praise for doing their best (i.e. It is wonderful how you are sitting nicely while I fold, you are doing a great job. Thank you for waiting patiently!). I realize some we may not want to get wrinkled, so for those bring extra hangers where you are folding. Each time you put something on the hanger, express that you’ve gotten to many hangers, and have them put the hanger away (i.e. oh my, I have gotten an extra hanger, do you think you could put the hanger away and I’ll put this shirt away when we’re all done?). They’ll feel like they are a huge help, building positive self confidence, and you’ll be able to fold a few garments every time they take one away.

Cleaning the Floors: Paying Attention and Following Directions

Nothing more fun than sweeping, mopping and vacuuming right? ha! My little grandson was terrified of the vacuum there for a while. Never a good idea to play chase them with anything like that! Anyway, when cleaning the floors you can (quire dramatically) tell them you need them to help you find dirty spots. Encourage them to look carefully so they won’t miss anything. When they find something, be grateful and jump to that spot. Be careful though, if you encourage them when there isn’t a spot you may inadvertently teach them it’s okay to tell stories and nobody wants that!

You can also have them go check the other rooms, each time they come back ask if they checked a different specific area (i.e. ‘Did you remember to check by the toy box?’ Then, ‘Can you go and make sure please?’). Tell them it’s their job to make sure all the big stuff is out of the way, they can pick up toys or random larger items. Each time you point out a specific item, make sure you mention the color or shape, even if they don’t know them yet. Those neurons are forming new pathways!

Cleaning the Kitchen: Counting & Following Directions

When you are trying to clean the kitchen, that’s probably (for me anyway) the worst time to be bothered. Poor little ones, there’s only so much they can really do in the kitchen! One thing they can do is toss things into the sink or on top of the the counter, depending on age and ability, I recommend spoons and plastic cups!

As you are washing, you can send them into the other rooms (one at a time for obvious reason) to check for dirty dishes. When putting away dishes, they can put things away on lower shelves or, if you are like me and really want to do that super fast, you can tell them you need them to keep count so you don’t run out of *whatever it is you are putting away at the moment*.

Teaching Manners

Every game will teach manners, as long as you are practicing them (to a Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners extent!). The exaggeration enthusiasm encourages children to imitate them at a much faster pace! Correcting yourself, pointing out what you did wrong, is also beneficial for them. They learn that not only is it okay to make mistakes, but also how to correct those mistakes!

Back to the Book

The Runaway Shirt & How to Make Games Out of Chores!The Runaway Shirt was written by Kathy MacMillan and illustrated by Julia Castano. I absolutely loved the very touching intro, which I will not share for fear of spoiling it. I cannot express how sweet it was, and it’s written for you!

Get Yours Here

This book is as simple and touching as it’s description. It states: ‘A mother and child transform the chore of laundry into an afternoon of laughter and imagination.’ It is so simple and well worded that you just can’t help but picture yourself in the story with your own little one or grandbaby or niece or nephew. It’s super sweet!

The Runaway Shirt is published by Famillius Books and emphasizes working and playing together! For other fantastic children’s books, please check out our Books & Films Page!

This Book was Provided By Familius


Hi all! My name is Kaycee. I am now learning to navigate life as a single woman. Turns out, it's not all about husband and children. Who knew? So, I'm on a journey of self discovery. I have 5 children, 3 of which are married, 5 2 are in Heaven (my beautiful baby Acadia Reign and my Diva Princess Tara Elizabeth), and 7 grandchildren! Plus, a ton of fabulous nieces and nephews! My educational background is in Psychology and Child Development but my heart is in ministry, crafts, fun, reviews and my website, My Crafty Zoo. Or at least it was, now I'm learning who I really am, beneath all of the busy family life. It's an adventure to be sure. I look forward to continuing to share my life through word and pictures with you and love hearing your feedback! Thank you for taking the time to read and allowing me to share! I look forward to reading your comments!

8 thoughts on “The Runaway Shirt & How to Make Games Out of Chores!

  • Sue E

    I don’t know what happened to the first time I commented?! Here I go again: I think this is a fun challenging game or games. I never thought about making games out of their chores. It would have made their chores more challenging and fun. It just might make them want to do them! I did a couple of times challenged them to see who could get their chores done the fastest and the best! I shared on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so I could inform them of this. Right now it would be really nice for the kids to have fun and let go during this pandemic 😷 Thank you very much for sharing!

    • Hey Sue, the comments have to be approved because otherwise my comments would be filled with an insane amount of spam. I get a ton of spam everyday about things that we neither need, want or care about all of the time. It stinks because I have to go through and manually approve or delete them and on more than one occasion I’ve accidentally deleted things that needed to stay. Ugh! Stupid spammers!

  • Sue E

    This is awesome!! I never thought of making a game out of chores! I mean, a couple of times, I made it a Challenging game. See who could get their chores done the fastest and the cleanest. I pinned this and shared on Facebook and Twitter so I can tell my daughters this to play with their kids.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Tina Alexander

    Cleaning can be such a hardship, I have Alexa’s all around the house so I can ask for entertainment as I move from room to room. These are definitely fun tools to try to make cleaning less of a chore for my kids and I.

    • That is an absolute genius idea! I would love to try it!

  • Debbie P

    Thanks for the excellent ideas!

    • You are absolutely welcome! Hope they help! I’d love to hear what games you come up with to make chores more fun!


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