Have you ever stepped on a Hot Wheels car or tiny lego pieces? I'm telling you that that is some serious kind of pain, especially if it happens in the dark when you are half asleep!
Last week, my three year old had a bad nightmare and in my sleep deprived state I stumbled on/through what seemed like a bazillion lego pieces that had been left strewn across his bedroom floor. Oh, the pain! I had to suck it up of course 'cause the little guy was in tears, but I was bound and determined to avoid having lego ever meet the bottom of my feet again!
Thus these incentive charts. I sketched out a set of trains for my six year old and some cars and trucks for my three year old. When I introduced these charts to the boys the next evening, they were very excited to start using them.
This is how we use them:
- Before bed the boys are reminded to put away the toys in their rooms.
- When their room is deemed "tidy" (we're not aiming for perfection here), they can choose either a sticker or have me draw something in one of the vehicles/train cars. So far, the weirdest things I have been asked to draw are stacked tires and a coconut which aren't exactly in my everyday repertoire :o)
- When a given number of vehicles/train cars are filled in, they get a treat like an extra story at bedtime, or 5 extra minutes of play before bed...
Incentive charts are a great way to encourage kids to drop a bad habit, brush their teeth, do their homework or complete household chores. The dessert chart above was one I made at the request of a friend who wanted something that would encourage her little girl during potty training. What a great idea!
If you want fun, free pdf incentive charts to download check out abcteach.com - that is where I got the idea for the train; I just made my own version :o)
- Kristin -
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