Saturday, 9 July 2011

Cheap rewards for good behaviour

If you're willing to spend a little bit of money on having a treasure chest/ mystery box full of prizes, or to use them for a raffle, then here are some relatively cheap ideas for prizes:
  • Stationary - notebooks, pencils, drawing pads, colouring pencils, pencil grips
  • Glitter glue
  • Stampers
  • Woolly octopus - find instructions on how to make it here
  • Ping pong balls/ tennis balls/ cheap soccer ball
  • Hair accessories
  • Silly Bandz (you can get them quite cheaply on eBay)
  • Magnets
  • Joke shop prizes - fake spiders, whoopee cushion, etc.
  • Flag - sports team/ country
  • Single tubs of playdoh (buy a multi-pack but use individual tubs as prizes)
  • Matchbox cars
  • Keyrings (keychains)
  • Crazy straws
  • Bubbles
  • Balloons
  • Handmade beanbags/hackey sacks (I'll post instructions on how to make them soon) 

And if you're willing to splash out a little bit for some extra-special prizes:
  • Gift certificate for local bookshop/ sports shop/ movie rental shop
  • Book
  • Sports equipment, e.g. hula hoops, bean bags, skipping rope
  • Lunch box / water bottle from a popular TV show
Here are some display ideas for the prizes. Either have the prizes on display so that the children can simply choose, or do it lucky-dip style, wrap the prizes and hide them amongst polystyrene balls.

Mystery boxes are fairly cheap and cheerful - simple to make and design as you wish. You can buy inflatable pirate chests for around €20 on eBay. You could also use a giant cup-style trophy (If you're Irish, you could make a massive Sam Maguire replica!)

If you have any more ideas for cheap rewards, please post a comment below! :)
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1 comment:

  1. Just thought of another there.... home-made bookmarks. Simply download a template from a site such as Seomra Ranga or this one, print and laminate.