A little reward can be all the motivation that a child needs to develop a lifelong love of reading, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Before heading to the store to buy a treat to reward your child, try one of our thrifty reward ideas below.
- One-on-one time with a parent. There are few things I can think of that might boys enjoy more than time alone with myself or my husband. There’s just something about being able to spend time one-on-one with just mom or dad and no interruptions from other siblings.
- Extend bedtime. Consider extending a child’s bedtime by 15-30 minutes as a reward for reading. Perhaps this is even a great time for them to get some pleasure reading in before snoozing.
- Play a game. If your child has been doing great with his reading, let him pick a board game to play. You can even keep the focus on reading by choosing a game like Scrabble (a favorite in our house).
- Pick a meal. While I’m not a big fan of rewarding children with food such as sweets, I do like to offer my boys the chance to choose what I make for dinner as a reward. Let your child pick out a favorite meal or choose the contents of his lunchbox for school.
- Give out verbal rewards. It’s easy to forget to speak up & offer praise outloud, but it’s one of the best ways a child is motivated to do anything. Children crave the attention of their parents; reward them with it by telling your child, aloud, that he is doing a good job.
- Get crafty. Make a craft together as a reward. Contiue to encourage reading by asking your child to read any directions aloud & follow them together.
- Keep a reading log. Being able to visually see how much reading that a child has done is a great motivator. Create a logbook with your child & track the number of books read. You can even add other factors like time spent reading, genre of book and so on. Not crafty enough to make one yourself, or prefer something electronic? Try using this online Reading Log (which also offers rewards to young readers).
- Enter a giveaway! Don’t forget – we are giving away a bounty of books all month long to celebrate National Reading Month! Keep your eyes on our giveaway section to stay up-to-date with our latest surprise giveaways!
Now that you’ve got some ideas on rewarding your child’s reading, be sure to check out our tips to help you Encourage Reading for a Lifetime of Learning and Ways to Celebrate Reading. And don’t forget to enter our surprise giveaway below! One winner will receive a copy of the classic book, The Deer In the Woods, a fantastic Laura Ingalls Wilder book. This book makes a great read for a homesteading kid. Wilder’s Little House Series happens to be a favorite of my boys’!