Wednesday, July 15, 2009

"Mom, I'm bored..."

Do your kids get bored in the summertime? We are fighting against boredom in our home this summer with a little incentive program, and it's working.

It's a simple plan. We created a list of activities for our daughter to do. Some of the things she likes to do anyway, but some of them are new and challenging. For each item on the list that she does, she gets a small cash prize. (We are using $1.00 per item, but you could use a lesser amount for younger children.) She can repeat items, and if she does all the items on the list, she will get an extra bonus at the end of the summer.

It has been the most successful summer-motivater we have ever had. Here is our current list below. You can make up your own list that is adapted to your own kids.

Have fun with it. It really works! It's never too late to start the summer over.

1. Work on Personal Progress.
2. Work on indexing 50 names (http://www.familysearchindexing.com).
3. Sew a new article of clothing.
4. Sew some doll clothes as a gift for a child.
5. Write a letter to Callan and Nolan.
6. Make a design with Daddy’s leather tools.
7. Stamp your leather belt.
8. Make some jewelry.
9. Design and make a card for future use.
10. Learn a new song or hymn on the piano.
11. Visit an elderly member of the ward with a friend.
12. Call a mother of young children and with a friend volunteer to watch them so she can go on an outing.
13. Read the book about the Bismarck.
14. Work on genealogy.
15. Sort a box in the barn.
16. Write a short story (at least two pages).
17. Write a chapter from a novel (at least two pages).
18. Write a letter to Grandma and Grandpa.
19. Write a thank you note to a teacher or leader.
20. Weed the garden.
21. Clean and organize your dresser drawers.
22. Draw or color a picture worthy of framing.
23. Plan and present a family home evening.
24. Scrapbook one page for yourself or someone else.
25. Mow the front or back lawn (more than once per week okay).

2 comments:

JeJim said...

I had the list but like the added money bonus! I think the dollar idea is ingenious.

suteki said...

So will you give me a $1 for every item I complete as well? :) This is a great idea. I'll have to use it when JT and Haylee get a little older.