DIY Kid’s Good Behavior Chart Craft + Share a Coke Reward #ShareItForward #CollectiveBias
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Ensuring that my three kids behave each day is a daily struggle. Now that my oldest is on Summer break, I feel like any routines I instilled in my younger two have been thrown out the window. Between losing my voice from yelling so much, and having to replace the time out chair, I needed a way to keep my kids on track with good behavior. That is why I decided to make my own inexpensive kid’s good behavior chart complete with rewards like Share a Coke.
Before anyone tries to tell me that kids do not belong drinking soda, I can say you are right. However, my kids drink soda on very rare occasions, making the new Share a Coke bottles the perfect reward to split between my two girls. If they behave and complete their daily tasks, they can choose from an array of rewards like a piece of candy, glass of Coke, coloring book, or new crayons once per week.
The all new Share a Coke 20 ounce bottles that can be found at Walmart are too cool, and the perfect way to pay it forward or literally share a Coke with family, and friends. They have Share a Coke with Friends, Share a Coke with Family, and even Share a Coke with actual names like Sam and Amanda!! This makes them the perfect and inexpensive reward or treat for anyone who enjoys an occasional Coke.
If my kids get at least 40 buttons each week, they generally opt for a glass of soda or piece of candy because these are true treats that are earned. Each day my girls have to stay on track and move their pins to each spot on their good behavior charts. I had them flip through magazines to find images that represented different tasks, and behaviors that I expected of them. A few include:
- Feeding the Dog
- Eating their veggies
- Making their beds
- Getting along
- Keeping clean play areas
Ideally, they would be motivated to keep on track so that they can earn buttons each day to put in their mason jars. Once they reach 40 buttons, I allow them to choose a reward on Fridays. This good behavior chart was very inexpensive and required only the following common materials:
- Card Stock
- Image of your child
- Glue Stick
- Clothes Pin
- Stickers to decorate pins
- Mason Jars
- Buttons or Beans-anything small would work
Essentially, you want your kids to flip through family friendly magazines to go on a scavenger hunt to find pictures that represent things like brushing their teeth, sharing, or cleaning. Once they find them, line the images up along the edge of the cardstock to make a collage border of sorts. You want it to be spaced out enough so that your child can attach the pin to each picture after they complete it.
We used scissors to cut out the images, and a glue stick to adhere the images to the paper. We made sure to paste the child’s picture to the center of each chart so they could easily keep track of their charts. Mason jars worked well to collect their buttons, and store their clothes pins. Taped string holds up each chart which we plan on laminating soon.
I liked this good behavior chart method because it was really hands on for my kids to get involved. We keep their mason jars in a certain place so that I can drop a button in for each accomplishment. Since my little one does not know how to read yet, she can associate the pictures on her chart to the task at hand.
Once my kids get their 40 buttons, they get to choose a reward. Before the Share a Coke bottles came out, I was allowing them to choose a special drink at dinner, piece of candy, or little toy from our rewards basket. Now, the new Share a Coke bottles fit into our basket perfectly, and can be split between each child. If only one child wants a Coke, I give them half, and my husband or I drink the rest. Coke also happens to be “Mommy and Daddy’s” weekly treat too!
What are some way you keep your kids behavior at bay? Do they have a chore, or good behavior chart? Do they get to pick weekly rewards like Coke?