If the turn-down service in your house is more about frowns, we’ve got a few tips and tricks to help that bed-making battle become a thing of the past. With a little creativity and a cape, you’ll turn housework into a happening at least once in a while! Read on some tips and tricks on turning bed making into a game.

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Whistle While You Work
It shouldn’t take too much coaxing to get your little one pretend they are Snow White making the beds of the seven dwarves. While your princess is hard at work, put a shiny red apple in a basket. Then walk by their room and hand it to them with a wink and a cackle. Or go for the Cinderella syndrome and have them imagine the injustice of fluffing the pillows of an evil stepsister. Any princess/evil queen scenario works here and costumes are optional (Yeah, right. They have their princess dress on as you’re reading this, don’t they?).

superhero kid capephoto: Tim Malabuyo via flickr 

Play Hero
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…SuperBedMaker! Okay, they might not go for that name but grab those capes and see what feats of heroism your little superhero is capable of when it comes to sheets and blankets.

#149 Kitchen companions timer Photo: Rodney Lewis via flickr 

Race to the Finish
Set a kitchen timer and see if they can finish before it goes off. If they need extra motivation, be part of their “team” and offer to race together. You can also race to see whose bed is made first, including yours! Try switching it up and tell them you’ll make their bed if they make yours or have siblings make each others’ beds.

bed full of stuffed animalsphoto: Amber Guetebier

Make Them into the Bed 
Tuck the sheets around them, smooth the blankets out and then see if they can escape without messing the bed up. Or make the bed and then tuck in all the stuffed animals. All of them. (Full disclosure: our editor could not fit all her son’s animals in the bed for this photo but she managed to get most of them.)

flashlightfun_garysimmons_flashlightgames_national_redtricyclephoto: Gary Simmons

In the Dark
Tie on a blindfold or squeeze eyes closed to make the bed. This is sure to lead to laughs. If you have room-darkening curtains, switch off the light and make the bed in the dark or by flashlight. Up the game with glow-in-the-dark bracelets or necklaces. 

fort building

photo: Gordon via flickr

Put Your Best Fort Forward
We know, there are seven days in the week. Some days you’ll be dancing like princesses. If all else fails, give up on the idea of a nice, neat bed and turn it into a fort instead.

What fun game do you play to get the kids motivated to make their beds or clean their rooms? Let us know in the comments below!

—Amber Guetebier