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How To Make Reward Coupons for Children

by Rosenya Faith

Your little one is a good kid and you want him to know how proud you are of the many wonderful things he does. What better way to reward him for his efforts than with reward coupons he can cash in for special privileges and activities? Of course, if you're concerned that your child isn't living up to his good-deed potential, those reward coupons can also serve as a wonderful motivation tool.

1 Write down your categories for rewards. For example, will you hand out coupons for good behavior, a tidy room, a good job with learning activities? Will you hand out coupons for every good deed or does he receive a reward coupon after completing a certain number of good deeds?

2 Write down the rewards you'd like to offer. Now that you know what you plan to reward your child for, figure out what rewards you will offer. Avoid rewarding your child with treats and other food, and choose rewards like extra story time or cuddle time, an extra craft activity or a new set of crayons. Also, can your youngster choose from the rewards or is there a particular reward offered for each good deed?

3 Easily create reward coupons on your computer. Use a rectangular template and write the title of the reward in the center. Decorate the reward with clip art pictures to make it cute and print off a few for each type of reward you've chosen. If you're more of a hands-on mama, you can make the coupons from scratch with card stock, markers and stickers.

4 Make a chart from poster board so your youngster has a visual reminder. Write a list of good deeds across the top and make a pocket from more poster board for the coupons below. Make one single pocket if your preschooler can choose the reward he wants regardless of which good deed, or make a pocket for each good deed category and insert the coupons into the individual pockets. If you've decided that your youngster must complete a certain number of good deeds before getting a reward coupon, use the middle of the chart to make a grid.

5 Attach the chart to the fridge with magnets and keep track of good deeds by marking off each grid square with a sticker or magnet. Using magnets instead of stickers, so that you can reuse the chart, will save you the time of making a new chart each week or month.

Items you will need

  • Computer paper
  • Card stock (optional)
  • Markers and stickers (optional)
  • Poster board
  • Magnets

References

  • The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-Out Child; Richard D. Lavoie
  • The Chart: 10 Steps to Improve your Child's Behavior; Gregory Scott DeLuzio Ed.S.

Photo Credits

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