Friday, June 21, 2013

Vacuum Learning Activities & BISSELL Clean View Deluxe Review

This post is sponsored by BISSELL.

Seven years ago when my husband and I got married, we got a very tiny vacuum that has done a pretty terrible job actually keeping our house clean. Replacing it hasn't been high on our priority list though. A few weeks ago BISSELL sent me a Clean View Deluxe Vacuum to try out and share with you.

The first thing I thought was... "I wonder how the kids & I could use this to do a fun activity?" :)

Then I started dreaming about using a vacuum (that actually works) to clean my constantly crumb-covered wooden floors. Every day when my husband gets home I always say, "well, the floor was actually clean at one point today..."

In order to try out different vacuum features and see how well the Clean View Deluxe Vacuum worked, the kids and I came up with two vacuum learning activities to share with you! 

We used two of the constant messy offenders at our house (paper scraps and snack crumbs) for our activities. Playdough bits and sequins are high on the messy offender list too.

Have you ever done a learning activity... with your vacuum?

Call me crazy, but letting my five year old use a vacuum to play a game was probably the highlight of his day. I will need to do it again. Little did he know that he was learning and helping me at the same time! 

1. Vacuuming the Alphabet

Materials Needed: Clean View Deluxe Vacuum, paper scraps, marker


Write some alphabet letters or words on your paper scraps. I wrote simple sight words, word family words, and upper and lowercase alphabet letters.

Sprinkle the paper scraps all over the room and make a giant mess! My five year old loved this.

Have your little one drive the vacuum around and suck up little scrap pieces after he reads the letter or says the word on the paper correctly. 

Once or twice I needed to help with steering the vacuum, but overall he did great. This was awesome practice for when it is his turn to vacuum the family room. He had no idea I was training him to clean when he was playing this silly game. Mom win!

I loved how simple it was to maneuver the vacuum and how well everything was able to be sucked up... even larger scraps of paper. Our rug looked clean when we started the game but when we were done it looked AMAZING!

2. Listen and Suck

Next we played a listening game inspired by our current favorite book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

Materials Needed: Clean View Deluxe Vacuum, food print outs from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, crushed up crumbs (these are super easy to find at our house!), painters tape


First we taped all of the Hungry Caterpillar images to our floor and then we sprinkled crumbs on top of each paper image.

Next we turned on the vacuum and I called out the name of a food item from the story and my son had to go and vacuum the crumbs that were sitting on top of the food image.

This game helped him practice his listening and following directions skills which are critical skills for kids.

He used an attachment for this activity and thought it was really cool. I loved how quickly it sucked up every single last crumb! I can tell that this little activity earned me a vacuum helper for life! Using such simple, powerful, and sturdy attachments made it easy for me to delegate this cleaning job.

After playing with the Clean View Deluxe Vacuum, I took it upstairs and to a few other spots in our house to test it out a bit more.

We just finished a big remodeling project and we have had loads of dust and dirt all over our house. Workers are still finishing up a few things, so I am constantly sweeping and dusting. Today I decided to use the vacuum on our new tile bathroom floor. I loved how I could use the attachments to get into the corners. 

I also took it in to vacuum my son's room. If only it had a magic button that would clean up the rest of his disaster of a room too :) 

My husband put the vacuum together for me... and the baby photobombed. My husband said the directions were straight forward and simple.

BISSELL Clean View Deluxe Review

Here are a few things we liked about the Clean View Deluxe Vacuum...
  • The vacuum was simple to put together and actually holds up well. My son dropped several of the pieces when we were putting it together and none of them broke. 
  • The vacuum is lightweight... which makes it easy for my little helpers to assist with cleaning (supervised, of course!)!
  • The vacuum has powerful suction and cleaned a lot just in one pass across the floor
  • It has a TurboBrush® tool for stairs, furniture, upholstery, and more.
  • It has an Easy Empty™ dirt tank, HEPA media filter, and washable foam tank filter.
  • It has an indicator that lets you know when the air flow in your vacuum is reduced due to dirty filters or a clog in the hose.
  • It has a long power cord which is really nice in rooms where I don't have that many outlets.
  • BONUS: The vacuum is reasonably priced (around $99) and is sold at most major retailers. 
The only thing that I didn't like about this vacuum initially was that it was hard to find the 'on" switch... but that was because I didn't look at the directions. My five year old figured it out much quicker than me though :) 

I'm definitely a fan of this vacuum and am a little giddy that it is mine now.

I think it might revolutionize my kitchen cleaning routine. Usually I sweep the floors at least three times a day. With this vacuum my cleaning time will significantly decrease. I don't know what I am going to do with all the extra time I get to put back into my day... 

Do you have a vacuum you love? How long have you had your vacuum? Have you ever cleaned while you did a learning activity with your kids?

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Disclosure: I am participating in the BISSELL blog tour as part of the Mom It Forward Blogger NetworkBISSELL sent me the Clean View Deluxe Vacuum for free to review. Although I am being compensated by BISSELL for my participation in this campaign, all opinions in this post are mine. I appreciate your support of the sponsors I occasionally choose to work with! Their support gives me the freedom to spend more time working on cool crafts and activities to share with you.

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