8 Fab reward charts to help kids reach their goals

Reward chart for kids | Beanstalk Mums

This article about reward charts was last updated in 2022.

We all know how hard it can be to reach a goal … and for children, it is harder still.

However small the mission, if our kiddies don’t have an incentive, they will likely lose interest … and fast.

Enter: The reward chart. A fun and funky visual to display how well they’re tracking in their chosen tasks.

Luckily, when it comes to reward charts, there is heaps of of choice online and you’re bound to find something on our list that will have your little one kicking goals and feeling fab in no time at all.

In this article we answer these questions:

  • Are reward charts a good idea?
  • What age can you use reward charts?
  • What should be included in a child’s reward chart?
  • Where to buy lots of different types of reward charts online.

ARE REWARD CHARTS A GOOD IDEA?

In general, reward charts for kids are a good idea to encourage positive behaviour and get them into good habits like brushing their teeth without the need to nag or turn everything into an argument. They work best if the reward chart is suited to your child’s personality and interests … and if the rewards are a big enough incentive.

However, reward charts may not be as effective on some kids and may even backfire. Sometimes the charts work too well with unintended consequences, such as kids asking for a reward every time they perform certain tasks!

WHAT AGE CAN YOU USE REWARD CHARTS?

Reward charts for kids work best on ages three up to eight. Make sure the chart is geared towards your child’s age and is used for age-appropriate chores only.

Using a rewards chart is a good introduction to teach kids how to save money and reap the rewards at a later age.

WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A CHILD’S REWARD CHART

Reward charts for kids usually contain a goal or target behaviour and blank spaces toward that goal where the stickers go. Each time your child completes the desired task, he or she gets a star/sticker until all the spaces are filled.

You can make your own chart, use an app or buy a ready-made reward chart for kids. Whatever you use, reward chart for kids should have goals that are clear, achievable and suited to the child’s developmental stage. The target behaviour should be as as descriptive as possible especially for younger kids.

It’s great to involve your child when setting up the reward chart so everything is clear including:

  • What they must do to get rewarded
  • What rewards they can expect to receive
  • What happens when they don’t earn a reward
  • How long it might take to complete the chart

Our favourite reward charts for kids

The Hygenius Reward Chart

Kids will love these bright and colourful reward charts from Stuck On You. Each Hygienius pack comes with 70 motivational stickers and multiple magnetic charts for easy display on the fridge. Can be personalised with 6 different designs.

Hygenius Reward Chart | Beanstalk Mums

We found this at: Stuck on You

Magnetised Reward Chart

Reward charts like this extra-large magnetic chart are perfect for younger kids (ages 3+). It’s easy to use and big enough to show multiple targets and activities at the same time. Your child can choose their favourite colour while mum picks the activities.

Monkey and Chops Magnetic Reward Chart | Reward Charts | Beanstalk MumsWe found this at: Lime Tree Kids

Dry Erase Reward Chart

We love reward charts that can be personalised. This one has 16 different designs and features a dry erase surface so you can easily wipe it clean after each use. Comes with 28 stickers star reward stickers.

Dry Erase Reward Chart | Beanstalk MumsWe found this at: Bright Star Kids

Reading Reward Chart

Reading reward charts help young bookworms track their reading progress and see what they’ve earned. This magnetic chart comes with a whiteboard marker and 40 reward magnets. Recommended for children ages 3 and over.

Reading Reward Chart | Reward Charts | Beanstalk MumsWe found this at: Entropy

Printable Outer Space Reward Chart

If you have a colour printer at home, this is a cheap and easy reward chart that certainly does the job. Order the template, print, grab some sticky stars and you’re off.

Star reward chart printable

We found this at: Etsy

Behaviour charts for kids (cont.)

Personalised Reward Jar

How adorable is this personalised reward jar from Etsy? Kids get to put a star in the jar each time they do something right (finishing homework on time, tidying up, etc.) and get a reward when the jar is full of stars.

Personalised Reward Chart jar | Beanstalk Mums

We found this at: Etsy

This no-frills magnetic reward chart is fully customisable and ideal for older children. The calendar-style chart lets you fill in the child’s name, activities and rewards. These can be tracked using the coloruful praise-themed stickers.

Learning Can be Fun Magnetic Reward Chart | Reward Charts | Beanstalk MumsWe found this at: Baby Bunting

Personalised Wooden Reward Chart

Calendar reward charts like this one from Etsy are perfect for older kids. Set up 3 types of chores or activities using wooden star markers. Personalise it with your child’s name or custom saying.

Wooden Reward Chart | Beanstalk Mums

We found this at: Etsy

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