A Peek into Our Treasure Basket


To go along with our sticker charts which I posted about yesterday, I’ve created a little treasure basket for the kids.  Once they fill up one of their sticker charts — whether it be for academics, potty learning, or positive behavior — they may choose an item from the treasure basket as a reward.  Some of the prizes are tangible and some are intangible.  Most of the items are very inexpensive and some are even free, just costing a little bit of time.  I think the treasure basket is going to be very motivating at our house, and I plan to let L&L help with picking future prizes for the basket; if they want what’s in it, they’ll definitely try harder to earn their stickers!! 🙂  

I thought you might enjoy taking a little peek into our treasure basket…

The tangible prizes are mostly small items, costing anywhere from around $1-$3.  I try to look for items that are not just “junk” or “filler items” but are things the kids will actually use often or learn something from.  Some of the items I had bought to give to the kids anyway and figured they’d be more meaningful if they earned them, so I added them to the basket.  

Some of the tangible prizes in our basket right now are: 

  • some cupcake shaped ice cream bowls with spoons
    • $1/each from Walmart
    • I thought Lilah would enjoy those in her sandbox and water table for pretend cooking, and also for “feeding” her babies.
  • jump ropes
    • $1/each from Walmart
  • balsa wood glider planes
    • a few dollars each from A. C. Moore
  • Toobs with plastic figurines
    • I buy these when they are on sale or using a coupon at A. C. Moore; we like to use them in themed sensory bins and just for general play

I also added some intangible prizes to our treasure basket.  These are items that don’t cost anything except time.  I printed out 6 options and added some clip art to help my little pre-reading preschoolers be able to tell what they are:
  • Playdate with Mom or Dad
  • Pick a movie or video
  • 30 minutes on the iPad
  • Your choice of breakfast or dinner at home
  • Go to the park or playground
  • Go on a nature walk

If these options work for you, you can print a free copy of our rewards sheet here.  Otherwise, come up with your own!  It only took me a few minutes to create ours using Microsoft Word.

Do you use a treasure basket at your house?  
What’s in it?
Feel free to share a photo of your treasure basket or reward system on my Facebook page.

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • This is a great post about rewards. I like that some of the rewards are play activities. Please stop by and add a link to this post on Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3, a new weekly linky featuring posts about arts, crafts and play activities. You have many other posts that you could link too that people would love to see. I hope to see you there.

    : 0 ) Theresa

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