Using positive reinforcement and having our kids ... or should I say one child in particular, yes, you know the one I mean ... start and end each day in the best possible way is high on my list of priorities. We've used rewards systems for a few years now, where after a week of positive feedback or tasks being completed then an item that the kids have wanted is then given to them, which is normally building toys, or anything to do with video games, cue Skylanders which pretty much covers both of those loves. Skylanders is a fairly new thing for him, his 9 year old cousin in Australia collects the characters for his Nintendo Wii and of course what the cool big cousin has, he wants to have too. You might remember we just spent a month there on vacation for the holidays so these boys spent a lot of time bonding, sharing and playing together.
So let me share with you our latest rewards chart, which we have to adjust as he gets older to accommodate any new chores we ask him to take on, and also any other problems that we feel have arisen during his normal day-to-day activities.
I made this reward chart using a plain white magnet board that I found at Walmart (under $10), a sheet of Expressions Vinyl (which has a sticky backing to adhere to the board), and then printed the reward chart on sticker paper to attach to the front. I made custom magnets too, which you'll find a tutorial for down below.
If you want to download the actual reward sheet, I've made a PDF for you. I used PicMonkey to create it which is really easy and fun to use if you want to make your own and modify it for your own child.
Here's the fun part about this reward chart, you can make your own magnets which allow they child to choose what they want at the end of their great week (or month, depending on how you do your chart).
I made some fairly generic Skylanders magnets, but maybe your child is after a particular Skylanders character that they don't have, so all you need is a roll of ProMAG, which is an adhesive magnet sheet. Place a sticker or image of what your child wants over the top and cut it out, making an instant magnet that they can put on the day/week that their tasks were completed.
Toys don't have to be an expensive reward, as long as it's something that your child absolutely loves.
Walmart stock and exclusive range of Skylanders toys. You can view some of the Mega Bloks collection here and the full range of Skylanders toys here. The Skylanders Mega Bloks can be found in the construction aisle in the toy department.
Make sure you look for the Skylanders Universe Ultimate Box Set too, it's fantastic, it has a chapter book (pictured below) which is perfect for him to cross that 20 minutes of reading off his reward chart, there are also activity books, stickers (which I used for the reward chart) and a poster.
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