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Non Food Rewards

healthy kids Sep 26, 2017

In a recent blog post, I shared my advice about not using food as a reward with your child, and how to enjoy treats around the experience, not the food itself. Today I'm sharing a list of some of my favorite non-food rewards that you can try to use with your kids! Use in place of candy or treats for positive behavior!


  • Playtime in the park
  • Children’s museum’s
  • Trips to the zoo
  • Movie of choice
  • Trip to the local farm to see the animals and plants
  • Water table play
  • Set up a small swimming pool in the backyard

 Trinkets & Toys

  • Crayons + coloring books
  • Paint and canvas
  • Sticker books & special stickers 
  • Cumulative stickers (once they get __ number of stickers they get to buy something or pick out a new toy)
  • Play dough
  • Stamps* (let them pick out their favorite stamp & ink color at the craft store)
  • Water bottles or fun cups
  • Balloons- All kids love balloons
  • Bubbles*
  • Books

You can buy a lot of these things in bulk, or even from the dollar store, and keep them hidden away for rewards!

Items with a * are things that work around our home!

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