Have your kids reached a goal, completed a difficult task, or done something spectacular? While there should never be a substitute for words of affirmation and verbal recognition, rewarding kids can also be a great way to reinforce positive behavior. When I was growing up, I received my fair share of plaques and certificates, but I also received several creative or unconventional rewards. More often than not, these creative rewards were more memorable and exciting. Check out the list of suggestions below for rewarding kids creatively.
- Ice Cream Party – Let’s face it . . . almost every kid loves ice cream, and they particularly love to make their own ice cream sundae. Break out the cherries, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream.
- Pizza Party – Again, almost every kid loves pizza. You can order pizza, or to make it more fun and memorable, allow each kid to construct his or her own personal pizza using bagels, sauce, and ingredients. Then bake them long enough for the cheese to melt.
- Responsibility – Rewarding kids with more or higher responsibility can be a great way to acknowledge them. If they have proven themselves by completing a particular task, let them take on more responsibility in your ministry.
- Visit the Park – Find a local park that has a great play area and let kids have fun outside. This is a great reward because it also promotes physical activity.
- Potted Plants – Purchase several small clay flower pots, a variety of seeds, and some potting soil. Allow kids to pick which type of plant or flower they would like to plant, and then let them take the plant home. Kids will enjoy caring for their plant and watching it grow.
- Slip ‘N Slide – During the summer, water games and a good, old-fashioned slip ‘n slide can put a smile on any kid’s face.
What are some ways you have creatively rewarded kids? Comment to let us know.