Have you ever done rewards or incentive plans for your kids? Try this prize bucket for older kids!

Before, we haven’t just because we never really found a system that works for us.  That being said, I love how easy it is to make my kids smile with the little things!

Though this usually doesn’t cost me a thing, because we all know the best things in life are free – it’s also fun to surprise them with a little treat once in awhile  🙂  That’s why I just recently started up something new we call the prize bucket.

Prize Bucket Ideas

Usually they get to pick something out for especially good grades or meeting a big goal in their schoolwork.  It also thrills me to no end when I catch them being extra kind or helpful and I can surprise them with a trip to the prize bucket.

My kids are 11 and 14 now – if you thought prizes were only for little ones, think again!  Check out these ideas for what you can use to put together a little stash of surprises for your kids.  If you’re a teacher or homeschool mom, you’re sure to find things here your students would love too!

Prize Bucket Ideas for Older Kids

Here’s a full list of ideas based on what I included!

  • Small pair of new scissors
  • Window markers
  • Nail files
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Small catch-all type pouch
  • Fun & fancy “flair” buttons
  • Pretty little flashlight
  • New tape dispenser (they’re always wanting tape, but we’re usually out)  😉
  • Notepad
  • Bouncy ball
  • Clips (they can be used on anything)
  • Glow in the dark foam “swords”
  • Slinky Jr.
  • Mini troll erasers (seriously the most fun thing I’ve seen in a long time)
  • Wacky, waxy lips
  • Seasonal pencils and erasers
  • Glow stick necklace
  • Mini post it notes (they can be used as bookmarks or for pretty much anything)
  • Stickers

Prize Bucket Ideas for Older Kids

Those are just a few ideas to get you started – really the options are endless!  The dollar store is FULL of fun things you can use and Target’s dollar spot is always a great option too!

Have fun choosing unique little surprises to bless your kids with – let me know if you decide to try this at home too!