Motivating a preschooler to clean up can be as frustrating as herding cats. Instead of sending your toddler into a tailspin when play time is over, encourage them to sing along to make the job go faster.

C-L-E-A-N

(Sung to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O")

There was a boy who made a mess and Mommy said to clean up

C-L-E-A-N, C-L-E-A-N, C-L-E-A-N,

And Mommy said to clean up.

(For subsequent verses, pick up a toy in place of the letter C, then CL and so on.)

Time to Set the Table

(Sung to the tune of "Old Mac Donald")

Set the table for our meal

It's dinner time, you know!

And on our table we need some PLATES

Wonder where they go?

A PLATE goes here, a PLATE goes there.

Here a PLATE, there a PLATE, everywhere a PLATE, PLATE

Set the table for our meal

It's dinner time, you know!

(Also use fork, knife, spoon, glass, bowl and napkin)

Clean, clean, clean your room

(Sung to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")

Clean, clean, clean your room

Just as Mom would do

Dust and fold and make the bed

And pick the toys up, too

(Sing in round - everyone staggering their start time - for a longer song)

If your clothes are on the floor …

(Sung to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know it")

If your clothes are on the floor, pick them up.

If your clothes are on the floor, pick them up.

If your clothes are on the floor, then don't leave them there any more,

If your clothes are on the floor, pick them up.

(For other verses, exchange clothes for toys, books, LEGOs, Barbies, etc.)

The Dishes Song

(Sung to the tune of "Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush")

This is the way we wash a cup, wash a cup, wash a cup.

This is the way we wash a cup so the dishes will be done.

(For other verses, exchange cup for glass, spoon, fork, knife, plate, bowl)

Match the socks

(Sung to the tune of "Are you Sleeping?")

Where's the blue sock?

Where's the blue sock?

It's right here.

It's right here.

Roll it in a ball and tuck the socks together.

One match found.

One match found.

Clean up the Toys

(Sung to the tune of "The Addams Family")

Clean up the Toys (snap, snap)

Clean up the Toys (snap, snap)

Clean up the Toys

Clean up the Toys

Clean up the Toys (snap, snap)

There's LEGOs and there's dollies

Lots of trucks and Barbies

Play food, balls and drawings

And lots of board games, too.

Clean up the Toys (snap, snap)

Clean up the Toys (snap, snap)

Clean up the Toys

Clean up the Toys

Clean up the Toys (snap, snap)

The Toys on the Floor

(Sung to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")

The LEGOs on the floor go in the bin,

In the bin

In the bin.

The LEGOs on the floor go in the bin,

Look! It's almost clean.

Other verses include:

The dolls on the floor go in their beds

The books on the floor go on the shelf

The crayons on the floor go in the box

The cars on the floor go in their garage

The animals on the floor go back to the zoo

The clothes on the floor go in the hamper

The shoes on the floor go on the rack


Pam Molnar is a freelance writer and mother of three teens. Her silly songs continue to motivate her children to clean up quickly - if only to stop her from embarrassing them with her silly songs.