Thursday, July 5, 2012

Summer Sticker Surprises Reward System

This is the post that I shared at Design Dazzle earlier this week, re-posting it here today!

 My girlhood memories of summertime were of snacking on apple slices with peanut butter, playing hopscotch and creating chalk sidewalk art, splashing a water hose in circles while barefoot in the green grass, and being lost in a book, curled up like a sweet roll.  My mom created magic for our family during those long summer days.  Each day was like opening a pretty gift: an exciting surprise or a classic adventure.  I've always been intent on stringing those summertime fun traditions along to the next generations.  Because of that, each June I create a surprise system that reveals our fun activities for my boys to do throughout these months.  It's a combination of work and rewards.  One year we practiced having grateful hearts with a Summer Fun & Gratitude Bucket.  And last year we focused on reading with a Family Summer Library & Surprise Cups.  THIS YEAR, I wanted to zero in on everyday good habits and lifestyle skills.

We have a big chart that we use to stick personalized stickers on the areas that we successfully complete with a cheerful spirit.

To make the chart I used a big corkboard and pinned a sheet of white art paper to it.

I used fun printed washi tape to create three spaces on the board, one for each boy.  Then I pinned cute french fry containers to the bottom of each chart to hold envelopes.  You could also pin cute cups instead.  

I decorated the board a bit, because that is what this homemakin Mama likes to do!


I made some custom reward stickers online at  How fun is this?!

To keep it simple, we have three categories the boys can earn stickers in: reading, chores, and health.  The reading is an obvious life skill that I like to encourage, especially during the summer months.  I also want to teach the boys the value of hard work with a cheerful heart.  And finally, the health will encourage them to start good habits with hygiene and also living a clean lifestyle.

If they complete their 3 categories twice that week, they get to grab an envelope from their buckets at the bottom of the board! 

Each envelope is a shared summer activity that the entire family gets to enjoy!  Summer bucket lists are super popular and there are a lot of summer fun ideas to discover online.  

Some of the activities in our envelopes are:

$1 Movie Theater show
Sonic Happy Hour
A summer night at the drive in movie theater
slip n slide
make homemade fruit popsicles
visit to Math & Science Center
chalk sidewalk art day
ice cream party
shaving cream and water balloon fights
beach day
visit Palisade to gather fresh peaches
family game night

And the first activity that we already did was picking out a giant ball at Target and using it to play dodgeball in the front yard.  

It's always a surprise.  The boys never know what summer fun activity they will find in their envelopes!

But we make them work for those summer fun activities by watching them successfully complete each category every week! {wink}  They keep vintage library cards in their buckets to record their reading times.  The other two categories I monitor on my own throughout the week. 

The vintage library cards to record reading times:

 Keeping the details CUTE with pretty recycled pencils in summer fun colors!

They each are required to read a set time daily, according to their age.  For the chores, I assign big projects for them to complete together in addition to regular chores.  For the health category, we do random teeth, nails, and ear checks, laundry checks in their room, and encourage being active in our daily lives.

Summer has JUST begun and we already have some reward stickers up on our board! Hopefully in a few weeks, the entire board will be full. 

 Boys on a mission this summer!

Reading and recording!

They'll be spending the summer trying to earn as many stickers as possible... they could open surprise summer activity envelopes!

Enjoy your flip flops and popcicle filled days!

I'm so excited that I was able to share today on Design Dazzle! 
They have always been one of my number one resources 
for discovering unique and beautiful ways
 to enhance the lives of my boys! 
Thank you.

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Heather Kinnaird said...

What a fantastic board!! Going to make one asap

sabri said...

Lisa...I Just Love Seeing Your Posts..And I Jump For Joy When I Have Seen You Post On A Topic..By The Way I am A Follower And Have Been For A While..Keep Those Post Coming gf..I Just Love You creative ability's..Sabri~

phoward336 said...

SO cute! My kids would LOVE this - I'll be making one soon!

Recipes We Love said...

Great idea!!!

Renonda said...

Great job! I love the stickers.

Katie {Sweet Rose Studio} said...

This is an amazing idea. I love anything that positively rewards my kidlets for good behavior. Thank you for sharing!

Hubba said...

Thanks for all of the pictures! Love the stickers especially. I'm a new follower and would love if you followed me

Mama Jodi said...

Way to go, mom. I absolutely love this.