Reward Ideas for Toddlers  (18 months - 3 years)

Physical Rewards - Crafty

  • Stickers - you can often by little packs of 6 sheets of stickers in party shops (designed to be party bag fillers) which can be left a sheet at a time.  Otherwise buy a sticker book from your local supermarket as these can easily be cut up to male mini sheets
  • Pens / Pencils - a pack of good quality pencils can be left one at a time so they can collect the whole set.  We especially like Crayola’s Jumbo Pencils as they are specially designed with an easy grip for little hands
  • Stampers - Melissa and Doug do a fabulous range of little stampers (with coloured ink pads) themed for princesses, dinosaurs, the farmyard etc which can be split to be left as rewards.  these are available from all good toy retailers as well as amazon
  • Play doh - we particularly love the mini tubs from hasbro which make great rewards, another good idea is to buy a bigger set of accessories (such as cutters and tools which can be split to give little rewards which will provide hours of entertainment 

Physical Rewards - Imagination

  • Plastic figures - a set of plastic figures can provide endless amusement as children learn to use them to tell their own stories.  Most good toy stores sell these ranging from the ‘Early learning centre’s' Happyland collection to the character sets produced for Peppa Pig, Ben & Holly etc.  The figures can be gifted one at a time to collect a set
  • Cars - packs of hot wheels style cars make a great (and relatively inexpensive) way to reward children as they collect different sets
  • Jewellery and hair accessories - most children’s clothing retailers sell inexpensive sets of hair slides, beaded necklaces, plastic rings etc.  these make great rewards for stylish little people
  • Tea sets - the humble plastic tea set can be one of your most played with toys and are loved by boys and girls for teddy bears picnics through to bath play.  They can be easily split down to be given as rewards and collected to make a set

Physical Rewards - Outdoors

  • Pocket money toys / Party bag toys - (such as small rubber balls, foam gliders, punchbag balloons and bubbles) can be lovely rewards, especially if they are given on a day where you will get a chance to get outside and spend time with your child paying with them
  • Pavement chalks - for drawing pictures on tarmac / patios can be great fun and a pack can be easily split down for rewards

Edible Rewards

  • Chocolate coins
  • Boxes of raisins
  • Letting your toddler pick their choice of yoghurts / sweet treats on a supermarket trip (it is often a good idea to give 3 options to select from)
  • A trip to a local cafe for a 'BabyCino' and a treat
  • Icing cakes or biscuits to eat (you can even keep icing in the fridge and ice a plain rich tea if you havent been baking)



Other Rewards

  • Watching an episode of their favourite programme (this is an especially big reward if it is linked with staying up for an extra 10 minutes past bedtime to do so)
  • A new book and a cuddle with their favourite adult to read it (whilst this won't fit into the Reward Box we usually simply place it underneath

Promise Vouchers

A Promise Voucher for an activity can be a lovely reward (especially if it is something they love doing and it involves getting time together as a family).  here are some ideas:

  • Baking with Mum or Dad
  • A movie night (dim the lights and add popcorn and you can pretty much watch anything and make it fun!)
  • Downloading a new app for the i-pad / smart phone (in our house the Peppa Pig apps are always a hit), here are some other ideas at Tom's Guide)
  • A trip to a local soft play
  • A trip to park
  • A trip to a local farm or zoo