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72 + Reward Ideas for Kids. Free, Easy & Effective Ideas to Motivate Kids – Kudo Banz

The choices for rewards are endless! See our big giant list below for ideas. Have a great idea for another reward? We’d love to hear it.

Every parent has a different philosophy on rewards and each child will have a different “reward currency”— that’s ok. Some won’t want to use food as a reward. Others won’t approve of TV or electronics. This “reward currency” will be unique to your child and your family.

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What type of rewards works best?

Kudo Banz balances both extrinsic and intrinsic rewards. When a child receives a Kudo, they get recognition and praise. They also get a tangible Kudo charm to remind them of their progress. Then, when they fill up their wristband, they again get recognition and praise, followed by a reward of your choice.

This balance of praise (intrinsic) and reward (extrinsic) is a strong formula for changing negative behaviors into positive ones. Will I have to reward forever?

What are extrinsic rewards?

Extrinsic rewards are “concrete” rewards, tangible rewards that someone receives. Bonuses raises and gifts are all examples of extrinsic rewards.


What are intrinsic rewards?

Intrinsic rewards are “feel good” rewards, rewards that are not tangible. Feedback, recognition, and trust are all examples of intrinsic rewards.

What types of rewards are best for my child/family?

Think about what is important to your child. Every child will have a different “reward currency”. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean money. If your child loves animals, instead of a “trip to the zoo” reward, try “play zoo with stuffed animals” or “take a walk with the dog”. Also remember time with Mommy and Daddy is priceless. Rewards like reading a book or playing a game are often the best. Create rewards that matter most to your child but are simple enough to be given in a reasonable time frame.

When working on changing or shaping a behavior, many small rewards are often better than one big reward. In the beginning, your child will be more successful at changing the behavior if given the chance to earn small rewards everyday. As you start, reward the behavior every time it occurs. Then over time, give the reward less often.

The Big List:

Time-Based Reward Ideas:

1.Extra book at bedtime

2. Extra time outside

3. Play a board game

4. Family freeze dance

5. Build a puzzle

6. Play on the swing set

7. Play catch

8. Play-doh fun

9. Color together

10 Play cars/trains

11. Go to the park

12. Chalk time

13. Play with a favorite toy

14. Build Legos

15. Play stuffed animals or dolls

16. Family movie / show

17. Craft time

18. Play make-believe

19. Play dress up

20. Build an obstacle course.

21. Cook together

22. Bake together

23. Play sports

24. Science experiment

25. Go for a bike ride

26. Water play

27. Go swimming

28. Play tag

29. Sprinkler fun

30. Paint your nails

31. You choose- any playtime activity

32. Bubble time

33. Spread some kindness together

34. Teddy bear tea party

35. Play cards

36. Build a blanket fort

37. Play simon says

38. Play “makeover”

39. Lipsync or sing together

40.Play an instrument together

41. Play hide and seek

42. Decorate cookies

43. Feed the ducks

44. Paint

45. Play “school”

46. Make a card for someone

47. Have a ‘fancy” dinner

48. Paper plane contest.


Non-Time Based Reward Ideas:

49. Pick any reward from the wheel

50. Playdate with a friend

51. Pick out library book

52. Extra treat after dinner

53. Lollipop

54. Special breakfast

55. No chores pass

56. Pick from the prize jar

57. Free pass on picking up playroom

58. Extra time on electronics

59. You choose dinner

60. Ice cream treat

61. Go to storytime at the library

62. Get a sticker

63. Extra snack

64. Visit Grandma

65. Choose from the treasure box

66. Your choice of cereal at store

67. New book

68. You choose what to wear day

69. Chores “day off”

70. One token towards a bigger reward

71. Breakfast for dinner day

72. An extra treat in their lunchbox

Have a great idea for another reward? We’d love to hear it.

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