Convincing your kids to brush their teeth (in both the morning or night), pick up their toys, share their toys or eat the offending vegetable you’ve put in front of them can seem impossible. It’s hard to reason with a four-year-old. They can destroy arguments so skillfully that you wonder if your child could be a lawyer in the years to come. A great motivator is rewards. Rewards can become a slippery slope, especially if you’re offering candy or toys to convince your children to do something.
Reward charts can help you give your child concrete tasks on a day-to-day basis. They won’t be able to say they “forgot,” because it’s right there on the calendar. These charts also encourage your child to adapt to a routine. Much like you find great pleasure in rigorously crossing off something on your to-do list, your child will feel similarly when you let them put a star up on their reward chart.
The best reward charts can be for one child, two siblings of three siblings. We’ve got one option for each family scenario. The charts are all magnetic, so they’re easy to hang up, and they come with dry-erase markers or velcro stars.
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1. Learn & Climb Toddler Chore Chart
Encourage your child to do certain tasks with this motivational chart. The calendar chart is magnetic and goes right on your fridge, where your kid can see it. There are six categories of tasks, including morning routine, bedtime routine, healthy eating, potty training, good manners and social manners. There are a total of 63 “chore” cards. There are even a few blank squares, so you can make up your own tasks. You get red stars, yellow stars and purple stars and could be used for as many as three kids.
2. Playco Magnetic Reward Chart for Kids
This is your child’s reward chart and theirs alone. It’s farm-themed and includes cute illustrated animals on the task cards. There’s only one place to stick the star on its velcro spot per task. The chart has a magnetic backing, which will stay put on your refrigerator. The set also comes with 20 chores, five blank cards and a dry-erase marker. There are also mounting holes if you don’t want to stick it on the fridge and want to hang it up instead.
3. Magnetic Reward Behavior Star Chore Chart
Unlike other reward charts, this one doesn’t come with any pre-assigned tasks, like potty training. You can write them in yourself, which means that this chart can grow with your child. The compact chart is magnetic, so you can put it on your fridge and still have some room leftover. You get three dry erase markers with this set, allowing up to two children to color in the tasks when they’re completed. This kit comes in red or purple.