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Reward Suggestions For Kids – A Guide for Parents

This page contains suggestions for rewards for children of various age groups. These rewards can be provided as positive reinforcement for behavior modification programs.

Rewards that are selected by the child usually are the most powerful. Also, a variety of reward possibilities helps to keep a child motivated over a long period of time.

Rewards can be privileges, things or activities with parents. They are never a substitute for words of praise and encouragement. Rewards are most meaningful when given along with positive words and touch from parents.

Check out the suggestions for your child:

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Home Reward Possibilities for Preschoolers

Going to the park Playing with friends Getting in bed with parents
Making mud pies Listening to a bedtime story Playing on a swing set
Spending the night with friends or grandparents Being lifted into the air Feeding a pet
Rocking Playing games Making noises with rattles, pans, or bells
Having a horsy ride by swinging on parent’s foot Doing a puppet play Having parents take a Polaroid picture of the child
Talking into a tape recorder Going out for hamburgers or pizza Wearing dress-up clothes
Playing with clay or playdough Going someplace alone with dad or mom Helping plan the day’s activities
Helping mom or dad Having a longer time in the bathtub Riding on a bicycle with dad or mom
Whirling in a circle by arms Watching a rainstorm Playing in the sandbox
Sitting in the chair with dad or mom Going to the library Going for a picnic
Bouncing on the bed Playing outside Riding a tricycle
Staying up late Going on a trip to the zoo Getting a piggy-back ride
Having a bubble bath Singing songs Skipping
Delaying a nap Flushing the toilet Riding on dad’s shoulders
Going outside at night Having a family night Helping to hold baby sister or brother
Swimming Reading a story Mixing cookie dough
Having a special desert Chewing gum Finger painting
Drawing with crayons Listening to walkman Playing a game with parent(s)
Sitting in the front seat Playing video game Watching a video
Renting a video game Renting a video Computer time

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Home Reward Possibilities for Elementary School Children

Taking a trip to the park Playing with friends Having a bedtime story
Playing on the swing set Selecting something special for dinner Going to a ball game
Spending the night with friends or grandparents Being lifted into the air Feeding a pet
Eating out Going someplace alone with dad or mom Baking something in the kitchen
Planning a day’s activities Riding on a bicycle Going on a fishing trip with dad or mom
Choosing a TV program Taking time off from chores Holding hands while walking
Using the telephone Dressing up in parent’s clothes Setting the table
Camping in the backyard Going to the library Chewing gum
Telling a round-robin story Decorating the home for the holidays Helping to make Jell-O, popcorn, or something similar
Helping to take a gift to a friend Feeding the baby Staying up late
Going to the movies, especially with a friend Making a trip along Playing a favorite tape or CD
Coloring Riding next to the window in the car Riding in the front seat
Listening to themselves on a tape recording Choosing the menu for a meal Calling grandma to tell of their successes
Getting a promise to ride the escalator three or four times in a store Putting up schoolwork on the refrigerator door Buying something
Planting a garden Going for a picnic Going skating, swimming or bowling
Making something, some special craft with mom or dad Ordering pizza Going for a hike
Going canoeing or camping or fishing or skiing Sleeping in a different place in the house Doing a jigsaw puzzle
Decorating your own room Having a special after-school snack Having a special treat in their school lunch
Choosing a special breakfast Playing a game with mom or dad like checkers, marbles or cards Listening to a walkman
Computer time Playing a video game Renting a video game
Watching a video Renting a video Skate boarding

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Home Reward Possibilities for Teenagers

Having dating privileges Participating in activities with friends Having friends over
Taking dancing or music lessons Redecorating their own room Skating or bowling with friends
Talking additional time on the telephone Playing the stereo Making a trip alone
Finding a part-time job Taking the car to school for a day Getting to stay out late
Having car privileges Staying up late Staying overnight with friends
Taking time off from chores Having a date during the week Getting a chance to earn money
Selecting TV programs Being the chairman at a family meeting Getting to use the family camera
Getting a driver’s license Driving the car on a family trip Camping out
Going to summer camp Getting a special haircut or hair style Going to an amusement park
Being allowed to sit alone when the family eats
out
Inviting a friend to eat out Getting to sleep in late on the weekend
Having their own checking account Receiving a magazine subscription Going shopping with friends
Buying a tape or CD Having their own telephone Selecting something special for dinner
Going to the library Going bowling, skating, etc. with friends Going horseback riding
Going to a concert with friends Going to the movies with friends Computer time