Teaching your kids about the good from the bad can an arduous process. But sometimes, the biggest problems often have the simplest solutions. Reward charts are effective because they are a visual representation of progress. This can intrinsically motivate children to continue practising good behaviour. However, there are a few different types of reward charts and knowing the specifics of each type can help you pick out the chart that's most suited to your needs.
Sticker charts & star charts
As implied in the name, sticker charts make use of stickers for the reward. Every time your little one finishes a task successfully, a sticker is to be placed on the chart to indicate a job well done. Letting your kid pick out stickers of their favourite characters can increase their motivation to earn the stickers. Star charts work in a similar manner, except that the star stickers are placed on the chart, not as a reward but to indicate the number of times the favourable behaviour was carried out.
Colour charts include vertical strips of three or more colours. The colours positioned at the top (usually green) indicate positive behaviour, and the colours at the bottom (typically red or purple) indicate negative behaviour. Most charts include pins that can be placed on the chart and moved up or down according to the child's behaviour. The purpose of the chart is to make the child want to stay in the area that indicates accomplishment.
The principle behind the magnetic chart is similar to a sticker chart. The reward chart comes with several magnets that can be placed on the chart whenever children successfully complete a task. The advantage of magnetic charts is that magnets can be easily removed and placed as many times as needed, unlike stickers which can be challenging to peel off the chart. However, magnetic charts are best used for kids 5 years or older, as the magnets can pose a choking hazard for kids that are too young.
As kids grow, their likes, preferences, and reaction evolve as well. For example, stickers and colours may not be as effective on a 10-year-old as they would be on a child of 4 years. Written charts are aimed at reinforcing favourable habits in slightly older children. Charts of these kinds come with pre-written or customisable tasks that adults or the children themselves can tick off once completed successfully.
Categories Simillar to Reward Charts includes Kids' Diaries, Journals & Notebooks, Magnetic Toys and Toy Magnets