I attended a Parent Practice talk the other day and amongst talk of reward charts they raised a rather valid point that when a goal has been achieved try not to reward your children with materialistic prizes. I for one am guilty as charged. Whenever Little A has earned enough brownie points I am the first to offer up the latest Cbeebies magazine, chocolate biscuit or small toy as a prize but times in my house are a changing. We have since scrapped the Reward Chart and now after any good deed a pasta bow (Farfalle to those in the know) gets dropped into a small jam jar. When the bows reach the top (make sure this happens by Day 3 max) a reward is given but it is now of the more imaginative and non expensive variety. First up and a winner so far is The Night Safari.
Kit required: 1 x Torch, 1 x Bag, numerous cuddly animals and 1 x excited toddler
Method: Whilst toddler is otherwise entertained draw all the curtains and hide the toys around the house – try peeking over the tops of doors, out of shoe boxes, behind curtains… you get the gist. Then you and your Little One set off around the house with your torch collecting all the animals on a Night Safari of sorts. Obvs avoid right before bedtime but with the oncoming winter nights it is the perfect post bath adventure and best of all it won’t break the bank.