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Good rewards for kids: 17 top reward ideas FOR kids BY kids!

What makes good rewards for kids when you are using one of our progress charts or reward charts?

I have written about what rewards you can choose for your reward charts in the past – and what often works well is doing something that gives your kids a little bit of one-to-one time. Anything from a full on crafting session to a bit of a run about in the park.

But what would YOUR kids choose if they were given the chance? I asked my kids, and they drew up this list of ideas for you all….

Good rewards for kids

And in case you all need a little bit of a translation, they picked the following….

  1. Fish and Chips
  2. Softplay
  3. Happy meal
  4. Daddy; seeing Daddy at work
  5. Bowling
  6. Duck pond
  7. A book; chosen from a charity shop usually
  8. A story; an extra one at bedtime
  9. Night time; an extra song at bedtime
  10. Meal out
  11. Skate park
  12. Swimming
  13. A visit to the park
  14. Craft time
  15. Museum visit
  16. Picnic
  17. Going for a walk

As you can see, some of these are incredibly simple, such as an extra story, or song before going to bed, but are enough for them to be more than happy with their achievements, and their chose rewards for whatever it is we are trying to encourage.

It doesn’t have to be a new toy, or a £50 piece of kit. Sometimes a cuddle, a bit of praise, and a smile is all it takes, and is reward enough for your child.

What do you think? What would your kids pick as their treats? Would they have anything else to add to my children’s list?

Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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Cathy (MummyTravels)

Tuesday 17th of November 2015

This is so sweet - and a good reminder that rewards are often very little. I'm sure my daughter would be thrilled with an extra story (usefully as I've used up all my little treats, and we're deep in reward chart territory)

Anya from Older Single Mum and The Healer

Monday 1st of July 2013

I love your charts btw and for their reward my kids always choose a visit to the Sea Life Centre x


Monday 1st of July 2013

A very good choice my dear - if we had one, I am pretty sure my kids would be following u all in!

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