So our family rotates which reward systems we use to help the kids stay excited about whatever method of motivation we are using. We usually stick with one system while we are focusing on a certain behavior or goal. When they've reached the goal or have improved in whatever area we're working on, we consider switching things up. There are endless possibilities for creating something that helps to motivate your child. Use your knowledge of your child to choose something that will help motivate them to work towards their goals.
Make a laminated popcorn chart with removable popcorn pieces. When they have good behavior or work towards their goals (helping mom, reading books, being kind, whatever goals you choose with your kids) they get to put a popcorn piece on the chart. When its full they have earned a family movie party with popcorn!
Cup with Marbles
Place a family cup OR a cup for each child. As they behave well or complete certain tasks or goals, then you add a marble (or some other small item) to the cup. When they reach the goal amount, then they get a prize or reward that you have agreed upon. You can also use this concept with little snacks like teddy grahams, goldfish, M&Ms, or dried fruit and at the end of the day, whatever they have earned they get to eat!
During the week the kids earn tickets by having good behavior or working towards their goals. At the end of the week they count their tickets and we have “Ticket Time” where they can buy things from the treasure box with their tickets. We put things into the treasure box like fun pencils and erasers, small treats, homemade coupons for special activities or privileges (like staying up late, extra computer time, inviting a friend over, or going out to eat with dad), art kits, books, jewelry, and anything else that might motivate them. Generally the bigger or more expensive the prize is, the more tickets it costs. Read more about our Treasure Box System.
Make a laminated pizza chart with removable slices. When they have good behavior or work towards their goals they get to put a pizza slice up on the chart. When its full they have earned a family pizza party!
The most simple type of motivation! Make or buy sticker charts. As your child behaves well or works towards goals, let them put a sticker up! When they fill it up, they get a reward! The reward can be anything important to them. Some ideas might be going on a "date" with a parent, earning a favorite treat, working towards buying a desired item, or staying up late!
Purchase a gumball machine and fill it with the candy of your choice. Give your child pennies as they complete a tricky task that they can immediately run and put into the gum ball machine.