My sis, like many other school teachers often reward their students with “Incentive Gifts” for both excellent behavior and achieving learning milestones. These cheap little gifts celebrate important milestones such as learning a times table or the alphabet, getting an A+ on a paper, or never missing a day of school.
Classroom incentive gifts can be pricey for teachers watching their costs. While colorful stickers are some of the more typical items teachers give to their students, there’s a wide range of other incentive gifts that don’t cost a lot of money. Here’s just a few of the cheap incentive gift ideas that sis and I found; these ideas might also work for you.
Dollar Store. A recent visit to our favorite dollar store turned up a wide range of party favors that make great classroom incentive gifts. These party gifts are usually packaged between 8-10 per $1 and include such fun things as puzzles, spinning tops, and other kitschy types of items. Most dollar stores also have a teacher supply section where a teacher can score cheaply priced rolls of incentive stickers, achievement certificates, and bookmarks for a $1 per unit.
Oriental Trading. It wasn’t until my kids were in grade school that I learned all about the Oriental Trading Company. Oriental Trading is the place that teachers and PTO groups go to for cheap carnival prizes and incentive gifts for school children. Here’s the link that brings you directly to the teacher’s incentive supply list. My favorite pick is the “I was Caught Being Good!” coins priced at $3.99 for 144.
School supply catalog houses. To encouraging my own kids to do chores or save money, we like to use incentive charts to record their progress. Sites like the Get Smart Catalog has fantastic mini incentive charts for classrooms which are priced at 36 charts for $2.49-$3.49. Another great school supply site is teachingstuff.com which offers fun incentive rewards such as bookmarks and punch tickets.
Search for freebies. Since sis works in a tiny school district, we keep our eyes out for promotional freebies that are totally free. Places like the Chamber of Commerce, police or fire department, local ambulance districts, City Hall, parks department and even the forest service all have promotional items free for the asking. Stickers and pens are typical of the freebies these places have for school kids, but we’ve also found things like souvenir pins, rulers, coloring books, bumper stickers, and other promotional items that school kids of all ages enjoy receiving as an incentive reward.
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