Like most small people, the chicks love cleaning, washing, and "doing work" (which, for Ninna, sadly does not translate into picking up toys.) I've just finally come to realize that giving them "jobs" is a perfect diversion when they are crabby, like post-nap time on a day when only one of them actually napped.
This happened today, and so I had them wash our balcony. It's been covered in dirt from planting and transplanting, so I gave them a bowl of water with a tiny drop of soap, and they went into the cupboard to pick out their own cleaning rags.
It took me awhile to feel comfy with this. It almost feels like I am violating child labor laws or that I created my offspring so that I didn't have to clean. But I really do believe in the idea that doing practical work is good for small children. They like the repetitive motion of it, they get to see results, and they feel that they are contributing to their households. And the truth is that they have fun. And at the same time, one area of our house gets ever-so-slightly cleaner. Sounds good to me.