Are you looking for some new ideas for rewards for the classroom? If so this post is for you. I’ll show you creative ideas including ideas for the whole class as well as individuals and classroom reward chart ideas. Some of these ideas are free or cheap and all will get your students excited to participate in your new, fun reward system.
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Here are a few tips to set up your class reward system:
Next you’ll want to think about what kind of prizes will get kids excited to earn them.
Here are some student prize ideas:
Check out all of these ideas and more in this post.
If you’re looking for some creative classroom reward ideas keep reading. I’ve found clever ideas that teachers have come up with that your students will love.
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This teacher created these scratch off reward vouchers. They are actually really easy to create. Here are the steps to create your own.
Scratch Off Circles | Find Them Here
Here is a 150 pack of scratch off circles that you can get on Amazon to create your award vouchers for students.
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This board is created with mini buckets and command hooks. Each student is assigned a number which correlates to their bucket. As a reward students can earn little warm fuzzies which they keep in their bucket. These fuzz balls can be turned in for class rewards.
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Chynna, a kindergarten teacher created this sticker store with an over the door organizer. Students will get more excited about class rewards if you have an awesome reward display like this one.
What is great about stickers is you can get a huge pack for cheap on Amazon. Check out my favorites below.
FOOD STICKERS | WHERE TO FIND
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Teachers have been coming up with creative ways to use bubble gum machines in the classroom. Here’s one of my favorite ideas. Nicki, a fourth-grade teacher, implemented a house system in her classroom and wanted to have a fun way for the monthly house winners to pick a prize.
She bought vending machine capsules from Amazon and filled them with free or cheap incentives that she typed up. Some of the prizes include pick your seat for the day, pick a treat from the teacher or VIP for the day.
If you want to copy this idea, check out where you can get a bubble gum machine below.
MULTIPLE COLORS BUBBLE GUM MACHINE | FIND IT HERE
CLAW MACHINE | FIND IT HERE
You could also try this same idea with prizes but use a claw machine. Have you ever met a kid that was not obsessed with a claw machine? One of the class prizes could be a chance to win a toy in the claw machine.
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This first-grade teacher, Courtney, bought a prize drop and then customized it with a little paint. If you want to try this in your class first you’ll choose an incentive for the prize drop like completing homework, being kind or being on task for the sub.
Students then earn a token that can be dropped on the board for a prize. They earn the reward based on where the token lands. Some prize ideas are lunch buddy, computer time or a homework pass.
KINDNESS REWARD JAR | FIND IT HERE
The best part of this award is the presentation. This jar has a magnet on it and can be hung on your magnetic board.
Each time a student shows kindness they can add a sprinkle to the jar. When the jar is filled up the class will earn a reward like sprinkled doughnuts for the entire class!
Another way to get students excited about your new reward system is to create a classroom reward chart. Read on to see some creative classroom reward chart ideas you’ll want to copy.
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Lauren, a first-grade teacher from Wisconsin created this mystery reward chart for her students. When the class shows a positive behavior trait listed on the post it note, the note is removed.
Some of the notes say; kind words all day, appropriate noise levels and quiet walking in the hall. Under each note is a special mystery class reward like a dance party.
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In this classroom when a student completes a literacy or numeracy goal they can write it on a ball and then pop in into the machine. Then when the gum ball machine is filled up the class will earn a reward.
REWARD JAR | FIND IT HERE
This is another pretty visual way to reward the class. Choose how the class can earn each star. Then when the jar is filled up the class earns a fun reward like a pizza party.
Are you looking for some reward for students that are free? Let’s check out some ideas that you can create yourself.
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Print off passes that students would love to earn as a prize. This is one of the best free incentives for students.
Here are some free reward ideas that you can print off on reward passes:
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Krista, a third-grade teacher from California made these personalized bookmarks for students as an incentive. This is a great free reward idea if you’re crafty!
Creating a system to reward the entire class is a great way to encourage teamwork. Check out some clever classroom reward ideas to get the class excited about earning a class incentive.
CUSTOM REWARD JAR | FIND IT HERE
This reward jar can be customized with your name, and the whatever reward tokens match your classroom theme or colors.
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Kelsie, a fifth-grade teacher from Alabama created a compliment wreath. In this classroom every time the students receive a compliment from an adult other than the teacher they tie a ribbon on the compliment wreath.
The students love to watch it grow and it becomes pretty décor for the classroom. At the end of the year the teacher raffles it off for a student to take home.
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In this first-grade classroom the teacher, Miss Rodgers, uses digital slides so the students can easily see the goal and how far they have to go to achieve it.
AWESOM JAR | FIND IT HERE
Here’s another cute reward jar. I love the positive message on this one and the smiley faces!
You may be looking for some fun classroom reward ideas for the entire class. You’ll want to think of ideas that the class will get excited about earning such as a special day that they can look forward to. Keep reading for some student favorites.
Here are some ideas for fun whole class rewards:
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When this first-grade class earns a compliment from an adult at the school they earn a cookie on their cookie chart. When the chart is filled they earn delicious cookies! The students are learning to work together and to make positive choices.
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Here’s an easy classroom reward chart idea to re-create. Just add some sort of boxes to check off. When all boxes or stars are checked the class will earn a fun reward like a dance party.
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To re-create this award chart just write the behaviors that you want to encourage on post it notes. The incentive that the class earns is underneath the notes and is earned once all of the sticky notes are removed.
Does you class incentive system reward individual students for good behavior? If so then check out some creative ideas for individual rewards for students that they’re sure to get excited about.
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This teacher purchased a roll of tickets for class incentives. Students can earn tickets every day and at the end of each week a few names are drawn to earn a prize. Check out where you can get a roll of tickets to copy this idea.
TICKETS FOR REWARDS FOR CLASSROOM | FIND THEM HERE
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This teacher breaks out these tickets at that time of the year when students are getting a little off task. When a student is caught doing what they should be doing they get one of these, “you’ve been caught tickets”.
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Would your students be excited to spin a prize wheel like this? This teacher found a wheel at IKEA, they also have some spin wheels on Amazon that you can check out here. She then printed off incentives that the students would like to earn like: extra 10 minutes of free time, pick a sticker or extra tech time.
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In this classroom if a student exbibits excellent behavior all week on that Friday they are announced as a VIP student for the next week. Each VIP gets a desk tote filled with supplies such as a VIP lanyard, special markers and toys.
You could have VIP students get special perks all week like being first in line, getting their choice of the classroom jobs or a special seat.
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You can create punch cards and students can earn punches for getting 100% on assignments.
If you’re teaching younger students, the best ideas for reward systems are fun and sometimes silly. Check out some ideas below.
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This is a fun incentive idea that youngers students will love. This idea was created by Angela, a teacher from Northern California. Each time the class lines up nicely, works quietly or gets a compliment from another teacher they earn a piece for Mr. Potato Head. When he is complete the class earns a treat!
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A fun visual will help students get excited about the class reward. First this class decides what incentive they are trying to earn. Then they earn a ducky when they work together, show positive behavior and root for each other.
When the jar is filled the class earns the prize. If you want to try this idea in your class you can find a set of rubber ducks here.
Check out some ideas for reward systems. These ideas will help keep you organized with your prizes and help students understand your reward system.
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This teacher created Bitmoji money that students can earn for a shopping trip in the class store. If you want to implement class money, explain to the class how they will earn and how they can spend this money.
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This teacher transformed this small storage box from Michaels into a pretty class reward station. This helps keep the class prizes organized and looks great too.
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An over the door organizer works perfectly to display classroom rewards so students can easily see their choices and pick their favorite.
You can find ways to tie your reward system into your class management strategies. Check out some ideas below.
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Desk pets are animal erasers that have become a popular classroom management tool.
I wrote an entire post talking about it, you can read it here...
Desk Pets (15 Creative Ideas to Try This Year)
Sub Tickets | Find Them Here
You can use sub tickets as a way to entice students to be on their best behavior while your away. Ask your sub to be on the lookout for students that are on their best behavior to reward with a ticket. Then the students can cash them in with you for a small prize when you return.
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Mrs. Thomas, a third-grade teacher, used some unused space on her class wall to create this reward cup station. She got these ice-cream cups at the dollar store. They also have cute ice-cream cups on Amazon that you can find here.
Students earn tickets that they can place into the cups at the end of the day. The tickets can be used to redeem awards.
A lot of the reward ideas for elementary students won’t work for your middle schoolers or high schoolers that aren’t easily impressed with animal erasers. But they still love class incentives. Read on to see some reward ideas that secondary students will love.
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Stickers are a great award for older students because they like to put them on their water bottles, notebooks or give to friends. Check out some stickers that your students would love below.
STICKER PACK | FIND IT HERE
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Have you ever met a middle school or high school student that didn’t love candy. Candy is the perfect incentive for preteens and teenagers. If you find an attractive way to display your candy it will help you to enforce the incentives.
You can find some similar plastic jars for candy here.
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Another reward idea for middle schoolers is to give them tickets that they actually want. Here are some ideas:
Are you looking for some reward ideas that won’t break the bank. Check out these idea that won’t cost too much and your students will love.
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This teacher created these brag tags herself and then bought lanyards on Amazon. Your initial investment is a little over $10 for a pack of about 12 lanyards.
What’s great about this is you can use them over and over again if you laminate the tags. Students love to show off their success by wearing their tag.
10 PACK OF REWARD BRACELETS | FIND THEM HERE
Many students love collecting bracelets so this idea will be a class favorite. You can hand out a positive bracelet when you see a student exhibiting great behavior.
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Here’s an easy class reward idea. Find a small container and fill it with candy treats and small toys and erasers. As an incentive for great behavior have your students choose from the class treasure box.
If you’re looking for some ideas for rewards for the classroom that are sure to be winners check out some proven student favorites below.
REWARDS FOR CLASSROOM FIDGETS | FIND THEM HERE
Fidgets are a kid favorite so why not add them to your classroom prize bucket?
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Race the teacher is a reward game where students race the teacher to see who makes it to the finish line first. Students love this game.
You can try this in your classroom by choosing a behavior that you want the class to work towards. Then you choose a class reward and determine the number of points needed for the reward.
The class earns points when the behavior is displayed, and the teacher earns points when it is not. If the class gets the point total before the teacher, they win the prize.
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A vending machine is a fun way to display class prizes. A teacher tip is put only small rewards like small candy or small erasers in there or they’ll get stuck. Check out below where you can get a vending machine on Amazon.
VENDING MACHINE FOR REWARDS FOR CLASSROOM | FIND IT HERE
I hope you enjoyed these 41 classroom reward ideas. Pick your favorite and try it in your class this year to add a little fun while encouraging good behavior. Feel free to save your favorite ideas to your Pinterest boards. To do that just click on the picture, then the p and choose your board.
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