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Best Reward Ideas for Good Behavior

by Ivy B

28 awesome reward ideas for good behavior. Use these ideas as positive reinforcement and reward your child for filling their reward jar when you’re using the consequence and reward jars for behavior.

It’s incredibly important to show your appreciation for a child’s good behavior, especially if you’re having issues with inappropriate behavior.

Guys, I’ve written so much about my daughter’s behavior.  It’s been a problem for as long as I can remember.  She was a high need baby and became a very demanding toddler.

Though she can be very sweet, many things, including her naturally persistent personality led way to some very undesirable behaviors.  Having read my fair share of books to help with child behavior and discipline, I was overwhelmed.  I was trying everything and getting nowhere.  Not one suggestion on its own worked effectively or for very long.

I was at my wit’s end when I finally decided to work on a consequence and reward system.  It was nearly life-changing (though it only works when I actually remember to consistently use the consequence jar).  And, I’ve written a bit about why rewarding the good behavior is so important.

Anyway, sometimes I feel like we get stuck in a rut.  And, I totally forget that free and cheap options make the kiddo just as happy as more expensive options.

I’m also generally against collecting more stuff, so I like to do activity rewards more than physical rewards.

But, I’m going to list everything I can think of here to help you decide on appropriate rewards for your child as you work through discipline and positive reinforcement.

If you haven’t already, go learn everything you can about our consequence and reward jars.

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Tons of Reward Ideas for Filling the Reward Jar

This is a nice list of reward ideas for good behavior.  These are fabulous reward suggestions, regardless of the system you use to reward good behavior.

Still, if you haven’t given it a look, I enthusiastically recommend our consequence and reward jar system.

Family Activity Reward Ideas

You know what I love most about this section?  Everyone benefits from your child’s good behavior.  Your child will be receiving praise and appreciation for doing well.  And, the family gets to spend more time enjoying each other for it.


At the zoo - reward ideas for good behavior

Chuck E Cheese

Adventure Landing

Dave and Busters


Go skating (roller, ice)

Movie night in/out

Indoor Trampoline or Bounce House Park

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Ice/Roller Skating


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Special dinner out

Game night in

Go out for a special treat – ice cream, yogurt, or cupcake

Indoor Open Gym

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Go to a ball game/sports event

Pottery paint session

Canvas paint session

Go swimming

Have a beach day

Visit a local water park or splash pad

Physical Reward Ideas




Candy or other treats

Other Reward Ideas

Get to stay up XX minutes late – choose an appropriate additional amount of time for their age but pay attention to any signs they’re not ready for being up late.

An extra book or chapter before bed

Extra time with electronics

Spend the night with a friend

I think the main thing to remember, when narrowing down reward ideas for good behavior is to NOT set yourself up for something you can’t afford, or just becomes too costly, down the road.

We took things like theme parks off the table.  Between the 2 hour drive down to the nearest theme park, hotel stays, and entrance alone, we decided visiting theme parks was not a valid option for a once a month reward.

If you dole out reward more frequently than once a month, cost is definitely something you’re going to want to factor into your list.

Now it’s your turn!  Do you have any other reward ideas?

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Janine Huldie March 7, 2018 - 7:09 am

I love the idea of actually going somewhere together like the zoo when they behave. Truly a win-win if you ask me 🙂

Jam March 7, 2018 - 8:21 am

Great tips! A must try to my son in the future. ?

Echo March 7, 2018 - 12:51 pm

These are all fantastic ideas! We use rewards and consequences a lot, because we too deal with a lot of hard behaviors!

Laura Dennis March 7, 2018 - 1:05 pm

I love that most of your rewards are experiences together and not just stuff. They are rewarded with 100% of your attention during the experience and time together is the best reward for all. 🙂

Mary Leigh March 8, 2018 - 2:52 pm

Great ideas! We are working through some of these things here with our toddler so this list was a really timely read! I love the ideas for family outings! It is so important to reward positive behavior!

Justin Sanchez December 18, 2018 - 10:48 pm

Choose up to three behaviors to address at a time. Pick at least one behavior that your child already does fairly well. This can help your child feel successful, which is key to keeping a tween motivated.

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