Although I am sharing an incentive program that I use at church, this is an incentive program that you could easily adapt to your own family, play group, or classroom.
In my church, I serve in the Primary working with children ages 1-11. We have over 100 children in Primary, so naturally working on reverence at church is an ongoing battle! Last Sunday, we instigated a new reverence program that we *hope* really works! We introduced some new guidelines and routines, along with sharing some reverence stories and games. Last week was the best week ever in our Primary, so cross your fingers that these improvements really last!
My part in all of this was the "fun" part! I introduced the "Warm Fuzzy" Jar! (In case you were wondering, the "R" is for reverence!)
Technically, the warm fuzzies are pompoms. (Yes, I do organize my pompoms by color!) But they represent so much more than a fuzzy pompom...
The Warm Fuzzy Incentive Program
The idea is that we begin with an EMPTY jar. Each Sunday, all of the leaders (and anyone else who wishes to participate!) look for a child who is demonstrating reverences. During the week, we send them a "Warm Fuzzy" postcard congratulating them on their good behavior. (We keep a list, making sure everyone gets a turn with this special reward.) The following Sunday during Announcements, we ask for any children who received postcards to add "Warm Fuzzies" to the jar. They each add 1 pompom to the jar. When the jar is full of Warm Fuzzies, we are planning to host a popsicile party!
So I created this "Warm Fuzzy" postcard and printed a whole stack of them on colored cardstock.
Next, I created the reverence jar using an old Wal-Mart jar I had sitting in the basement I added some cardstock around the jar layered with ribbon on top of that. Plus a little bit of ribbon around the jar lid.... what can I say I'm a sucker for those polk-a-dots?! I love the pinwheel with the "R." The ladies I work with requested a "blinged-out" R, so glitter was definitely in order!
Do you want to make your own warm fuzzy jar? Well, I have a couple of free printables for you to help get you started!
If you'd like to create your own Warm Fuzzy Jar, you can download your own lid (without the watermark) here.
Re-size image so it will fit your own jar's lid. Print on scrapbook paper, cut out, and mount on cardstock. Laminate for durability.
If you wish, you can download the postcards I created here.
Postcard Printing Instructions
There is a front and back to each postcard. The PDF you download has a front and back on the first page with a back and front on the second page. If you print this back to back, you will end up with 2 double-sided postcards.
Here's hoping that we'll be filling up our jar with lots and lots of warm fuzzies!
Of course you could use warm fuzzies to represent acts of kindness or service, good behavior at school, etc., etc.! The possibilities are endless!
Have a super day!