Download our free printable back-to-school rewards chart for kids or we show you how to make your own and give you ideas for rewards.
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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.
Normally the requested items are building toys or anything to do with video games. Skylanders which pretty much covers both of those loves. This 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 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.
Let me share with you our latest rewards chart. We make adjustments as he gets older to accommodate new chores we ask him to take on. 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) and a sheet of Expressions Vinyl (which has a sticky backing to adhere to the board). The printable reward chart was printed onto sticker paper to attach to the front. I made custom magnets too, which you’ll find a tutorial for down below.
Free printable reward chart
If you want to download my reward chart, click on the image below for the free printable. 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.
How to make reward chart magnets
Making your own magnets allows the child to choose what they want at the end of their great week (or month, depending on how you do your chart).
I made fairly generic Skylanders magnets. 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. Your child can move it across the reward chart as they complete each task.
Toys don’t have to be an expensive reward, as long as it’s something that your child absolutely loves.
Where to buy Skylanders Mega Bloks
Walmart stock an 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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I’ve just recently learned about Skylanders. The kids and their friends love them and want to collect them all. I love that creative chore chart idea and how customizable it is! Thanks so much for sharing!
What a fabulous idea! I have two boys that could use this positive reinforcement chart. We’re just starting in on the Skylanders phase… great motivator!
SO cute! And of course, what child wouldn’t be going nuts over Skylanders?
Love this idea. I have lost the knack but with a precocious new grandbaby, I need new tricks.
What a great idea to make the rewards chart specific to the prize your child is going to get! Love this, Tonya! Brandi from Collective Bias.
I’m crazy about free printables – and I have 2 boys so this Reward Chart is perfect for our house! I love the idea of making Skylanders magnets!
You are way too creative for me. And yes, we DO need a chore chart.
My son does so much better with reward charts than he does with punishments so this will be a great chart for him. Thank you! And…he has asked for Skylanders for his birthday so that’s a great idea, too. You rock!
What a great idea, and I love your chart. My grandchildren love Skylanders too, and are collecting them. Thanks for sharing this creative way to motivate our kids, so important.
How motivating. I’m sure your son loves being able to add the magnets to the chart and see it fill up every week. Using his favorite Skylanders makes it all the more fun!
Love this chart! Such a good lesson to teach kiddos. 🙂 And I had no idea about Skylanders toys! My kids love the video game so I am definitely going to have to check them out. Thanks for sharing!!
What a great idea! I could really use this for all my kids, but especially my 7 year old. And to be able to get a treat like Skylanders is just icing on the cake. Pinning the chart!
I find that reward charts and positive reinforcement is always the best path with children. I know as an adult, I loved the companies I worked for/with that gave incentives and bonuses…. why wouldn’t kids? 🙂
Great idea – this would be perfect for my son. positive reinforcement is the best and I love the use of magnets. Fun for the kids.
What a great idea! I am constantly reminding my children to do things they know they need to do daily. I’ve tried all different reward charts for my 3 children and they can get really complicated. This one looks simple to use, even if I had to use it for 3 children. They could just each have a different color or themed magnet assigned to them. 😀
So fun! We’re currently using “gold stars” and “high fives” as our rewards, and the wee ones are tallying them themselves and making up the rewards as we go. It’s so important for them to know what to do though and to feel good about accomplishing it. We have a laminated morning to do list (that’s umm much longer – but my kids are older!) that really gives them that ownership they need. I love how you’ve figured out how to motivate yours. Great job!