The one item in my room that can bring screams of joy or tears of unhappiness (when they watch a group member get to go and it's not their day).
|But, but, but....I want to get a prize too!!!|
Here is what I do:
- Look for discounted items at local party supply stores (namely, the Paper Factory and Party City)
- Shop the party section of Dollar Tree so I can get larger packs of items
- Shop the party section of Walmart for discounted items
- Buy a few hot wheels cars when they are on special at Walmart or Walgreens
- Buy still packaged McDonald's toys from Goodwill/Salvation Army for .50 cents
|My most recent purchases for my prize box. Playdoh, hot wheels, rings, watch, party packs, and mini purses.|
|Some stuff that I've held back for a month. I don't like to put everything in there at one so there is always a mix of things.|
Here you can see crowns, lockets, a craft kit, frame, and jump rope.
I am terrified of buying candy for my prize box due to the unknown. There is just too much of a risk of giving a child with allergies the very thing that they aren't supposed to have or they get mad when their friend picks out something they can't eat. I don't want or need that kind of drama in my life. The only candy I will give my students are Smarties as reinforcers for kindergartners. The older kids just get sticker charts.
My students have to earn twenty stickers to visit the prize box. They have the opportunity to earn two per session (basically 15 minutes of good behavior towards each). This roughly equates to one trip per six weeks with the exception of Christmas when they all get a free trip. They also have the opportunity to earn an extra day via my "Kiss your brain" jar. They have to work together to fill the jar with 400 pom pom balls. Most of the other SLPs in my district have a 5 sticker policy. I guess I'm just stingy but I don't want my students to become so dependent on the prize box. It shouldn't be their sole motivation (neither should the games and that is a battle that I fight constantly as is).