Prize Bucket Ideas for Older Kids

Have you ever done rewards or incentive plans for your kids? Try this prize bucket for older kids!

Before, we haven’t just because we never really found a system that works for us.  That being said, I love how easy it is to make my kids smile with the little things!

Though this usually doesn’t cost me a thing, because we all know the best things in life are free – it’s also fun to surprise them with a little treat once in awhile  🙂  That’s why I just recently started up something new we call the prize bucket.

Prize Bucket Ideas

Usually they get to pick something out for especially good grades or meeting a big goal in their schoolwork.  It also thrills me to no end when I catch them being extra kind or helpful and I can surprise them with a trip to the prize bucket.

My kids are 11 and 14 now – if you thought prizes were only for little ones, think again!  Check out these ideas for what you can use to put together a little stash of surprises for your kids.  If you’re a teacher or homeschool mom, you’re sure to find things here your students would love too!

Prize Bucket Ideas for Older Kids

Here’s a full list of ideas based on what I included!

  • Small pair of new scissors
  • Window markers
  • Nail files
  • Temporary tattoos
  • Small catch-all type pouch
  • Fun & fancy “flair” buttons
  • Pretty little flashlight
  • New tape dispenser (they’re always wanting tape, but we’re usually out)  😉
  • Notepad
  • Bouncy ball
  • Clips (they can be used on anything)
  • Glow in the dark foam “swords”
  • Slinky Jr.
  • Mini troll erasers (seriously the most fun thing I’ve seen in a long time)
  • Wacky, waxy lips
  • Seasonal pencils and erasers
  • Glow stick necklace
  • Mini post it notes (they can be used as bookmarks or for pretty much anything)
  • Stickers

Prize Bucket Ideas for Older Kids

Those are just a few ideas to get you started – really the options are endless!  The dollar store is FULL of fun things you can use and Target’s dollar spot is always a great option too!

Have fun choosing unique little surprises to bless your kids with – let me know if you decide to try this at home too!

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  1. I always chuckle that we’ve kept our prize bucket (started from potty training days) and still use it now that little is 8. But it’s really useful. I keep little toys like Palace Pets and Slinkies and even the occasional candy item. I’ll have to save your list to be sure I keep it relevant as she gets older.


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