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Ideas for Kids Chore Chart Rewards

June 23rd, 2010 - Category: Charts

In our post featuring Jeannie Cullip and some different chore ideas, I meant to also add some ideas for chore rewards. I wanted to offer some ideas on different ways or things you can do to reward your children for doing their chores. However, in an effort to keep things short and concise, I slashed that part in the last post and decided to write a completely new one all about rewards. So, now that you’ve got some good ideas for different chores, let’s throw some thoughts around about compensation.

Everyone loves to be rewarded for ¬†their work, especially kids. Children are in constant need of encouragement and re-assurance. One way we can give them both of these is by rewarding them for good behavior. When kids finish the chores, parents should always praise and reward. This let’s them know that you are happy with their accomplishment and they will want to continue to do chores to please you and to receive praise.

This is why My Job Chart’s chore reward system is so great! When your child’s points add up, they can redeem them for rewards that you set up with them. The points are added up automatically and you, as the parent, are notified as soon as the chores are finished and when your child wants to redeem a reward for their accumulated points.

So let’s talk about some different rewards that you can offer. Just like the chore ideas post, we’ll break them down into age categories.

Reward Ideas for Children 4-7

  • trip to the park
  • trip to Chucky Cheese
  • new barbie/doll
  • new pair of shoes
  • trip to the local pool
  • ice cream trip (DQ, coldstone, yogurtland…etc)
  • get a candy at the store
  • make cookies

Reward Ideas for Children 8-10

  • go to a movie at the theatre
  • curfew extension
  • video game time extension
  • new game for Play Station, Wii, Xbox
  • pick a rental movie/blueray at Blockbuster
  • trip to the zoo
  • trip to Sunsplash or nearby water park

Reward Ideas for Children 11-14

  • sleep over party with 2 or 3 friends
  • trip to the mall with friends
  • money (who doesn’t want a little cash?)
  • tickets to a concert
  • pedicure/manicure
  • snowboarding trip
  • new make-up
  • lotion
  • nail polish

Family Reward Ideas for All Ages

  • take a family hike
  • bike ride
  • walk
  • roller blading
  • trip to visit cousins
  • sleep over at grandmas
  • have dinner somewhere fun and entertaining like Joe’s Crab Shack
  • family trip to disneyland
  • knottsdberry farms,
  • 6 flags
  • sea world
  • the beach

These are just a few of the countless ways in which you can reward your children for their accomplishments and completing their chore chart tasks. So parents, when the points add up, don’t forget to pay up! What are some ideas that you’ve had for compensating your children for the hard work they’ve done?

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  2. Amanda Eckhoff says:

    What great ideas thank you so much. Sometimes as a mom my brain is fried and it is hard to come up with new ideas.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to see an option to “Save for Later” on the Rewards page. That way the kids can build up the points and feel like they’re “finished” each day without cashing their points in for something small.

  4. Oliver says:

    The children can save up their points, because they don’t have to redeem them any time soon.

    In order to help them understand the benefits of gaining interest for money in a savings account, it would be nice to have the option to set some “interest rate”. The longer the points remain unredeemed, the more they increase.

    What do you think?

  5. Oliver says:

    I meant they don’t NEED to redeem the points …

  6. Joe says:

    That is a great idea Oliver. Perfect way to teach them the benefit of saving and the idea of gaining interest. Hopefully we can get that feature implemented on the site soon. I will do my best.

  7. Oliver says:

    Great Joe!

    Are there actually any plans on adding multi language support? I’d be ineterested in a German language version.

  8. Joe says:

    I know that multi-language support has been a topic of discussion. I’m not sure how soon it will be available, but I know there are plans for it. Sorry I wish I could give you a timeline.

  9. michelle says:

    Do you have recommendations for how often points should be cashed in for prizes? Weekly? Monthly? At a specific point level?

  10. Joe says:

    Per your question Michelle, I think it’s easier to set your rewards at a high enough point value so that you are not having to dish out rewards every single day. Once a week I think is good because that gives the parents some in between time and it also is not so long that the kids get disheartened and frustrated that it’s taking so long to get rewarded for their work.

    Most people get paychecks once every week or every other week. I think the same rules should apply here.

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