Having trouble getting your kids to do their chores without the usual dillydallying or complaining? Turn it into a game they’ll actually be motivated to play with these DIY game tokens.
The concept is simple: Do a chore and "earn" 15, 30, or 60 minutes of game or TV time, depending on the chore. Little Mom on the Prairie says in her Instructable:
I started using an alternate version of the reward system with my daughter, to balance out our struggles of getting her to help out with chores and limiting her computer/game time. I made these little "game tokens" that she can earn by doing her chores without complaining, and when we ask her to do them (not later, not in 5 minutes, now!)
In our home we believe you do things around the house because you are a member of the family and you benefit from it, not because you get paid to – no one else gets paid to do housework. But its been shown that a reward system of some sort works better than negative reinforcement…This balances her desire to waste her life in front of the TV with the necessary chores she needs to complete. 🙂
If you want to try this yourself, you just need to paint some wood craft discs. Another idea is to put the chore on the back of the token, rather than a list of chores as this mom uses.