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Children are naturals when it comes to making a mess, but when the stuff needs tidying up, they’re a lot less engaged. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to make chores more appealing to the younger members of our families. From apps and websites to simple ways to reframe and redesign the ways your kids clean and tidy, there’s really no reason for their daily duties to be anything other than fun. (We should add that a lot of these apps and tricks are pretty fun for adults, too. Seriously, your colleagues are going to love Chore Wars.)

Some may seem like simple tricks—we’ve all used the “we’ll time you” trick before—but simple works, and the truth is that anything can be play. Yes, even work. We’ve just got to shift the way we look at it.

Here are 12 ways to use a bit of pocket change, old Halloween costumes, the Internet and your kid’s imagination to make household work into childhood play.

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