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Read for Treats! Printable Reward Chart

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable Reward Chart

Summer is fast upon us and one thing I want to work on during the break from school is the kids reading.  They both love the routine we have gotten into of us reading to them each night, but I also want to help encourage their own reading progress.  I have ordered some beginning levelled readers for my daughter and a few new chapter books that I thought would interest my son, then came up with a fun reward system that has them excited to read daily.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable Reward Chart

My children like frozen treats in all shapes and forms, so when it came to coming up with a reward system for their summer reading it only made sense to use ice cream and frozen drinks.  A lot of these I would likely be treating them to and buying anyways, but this way they are earning them and can feel a sense of accomplishment as they enjoy them.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable

I looked through several different summer reading tracking ideas on Pinterest, and settled on the idea of making it look like a boardgame.  I liked the idea of having that visual tracking as they work towards their goal, and I know a boardgame is something fun and simple they understand.  My 8 year old son is also highly competitive and I know he is the one we will have issues getting to read, so having both kids on the same gameboard will encourage him to keep up with his younger sister.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable

For the physical gameboard, I wanted something magnetic to hang on the wall and stick my pieces to.  My initial thought was to use a cookie sheet from the dollarstore, but I was happy to come across this inexpensive whiteboard at Miniso that I knew I could cover and provide that magnetic surface for my game pieces.  I have also seen similar magnetic whiteboards at the dollar stores if Miniso is not an option.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable

Using a template boardgame from Tim’s Printables, I fit it to the size of my board and drew on some ice cream treats and added color to give it more of a Candyland type vibe.  Once designed, I printed it out in color on 100lb cardstock and had it laminated for durability.  I was planning to use rubber cement to adhere it to the magnetic board, but lucked out and, since it was sized to fit, I was able to just slip the laminated sheet into the whiteboard frame and it held securely in place.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable

If you have gone out for ice cream with the family recently, you will know that it can add up quite quickly.  I love that there are now so many different novelty forms of ice cream and treats out there, but they all come with a price.  Because of this, I decided to have two different levels of treats and alternated between inexpensive options like Slurpees and Wendy’s Frosty’s (99 cents all summer) and more gourmet options like rolled ice cream, banana splits or extreme milkshakes.  You could easily pick and choose what works best for you.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable Game Pieces

I color coded between the two different levels of treats and left the reward spaces on the board blank to let the kids pick the treat when they get to each of the blue or pink circles.  The choices were made as separate game pieces that I printed and attached to adhesive magnetic sheets to easily stick to the numbered circle spots and move around on the board as the kids see fit.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable

I decided to go with a spacing of a treat after every 5 days of reading, giving them a chance to earn up to 11 treats over the course of the 55 space board.  This should work nicely over the course of the 2 summer months.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable

For my playing pieces, I wanted a small toy or figure to represent each of my kids.  Any small toy like a Shopkin, toy car or Lego minifigure would work.  Once my kids had each selected a character from our Lego collection, I hotglued strong magnets to the backs and they were ready to stick to and move along the reward path.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable Reward Chart

We have several camping trips planned throughout the summer, so I love the portability of the board.  I plan to add a 3M command hook in the trailer to hang the board on and continue our progress while we are away from home.

Reading Rewards Game Board_Free Printable Reward Chart

This reward board could easily be adapted and used for other things besides reading.  Daily chores or even potty training progress could be tracked daily on the same board.  If you do not like my reward pieces, you can create your own set of items for your kids to work towards earning

Make your own board using the FREE printables HERE:

ReadingRewards_Gameboard

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Do you like this idea?  What are you planning to encourage your children to keep learning this summer?  My kids were excited to see the board and are already begging to get started on earning their frozen treats.

 

 

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A Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

December 13 is National Hot Cocoa day and to celebrate I am sharing an easy Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar I put out for our house guests last Holiday season.

For my Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar, I decided to set everything up on the counter right beside our coffee maker.  I wanted it to be easy to access, and for my guests to feel welcome to help themselves to a warm, festive drink at any time.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

To put everything together, I began by gathering my Christmas mugs and a nice tray with a few glass jars and bottles.  The coffee K-cups all went in a large glass vase and I wrapped my store-bought container of hot chocolate mix in some candy cane striped gift wrap to make it look pretty.  My chalkboard Santa worked perfectly to decorate the space and urge everyone to “Grab a Cup, Warm Right Up”.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

For my different stir-ins and toppings, I went with crushed candy canes, marshmallows, Skor bits and some Irish Cream for the adults.  I also included some red and white striped paper straws for stirring, and small wrapped chocolates for an extra sweet treat.  For an open house or party, a gift wrapped can of whipped cream would be another great addition.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

The bar went over well with our guests and I loved having it available for my own morning drink throughout the Holiday Season.  I really enjoyed the touch of peppermint flavour the crushed candy canes provided to my morning cup of coffee and my kids loved their cups of hot chocolate with the fun snowman shaped marshmallows I found in the food market at Ikea.

Holiday Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

 

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Dressing for Disney: Snow White

DressingforDisney_SnowWhite

When it comes to Disney princesses, my 5 year old’s two favorites have always been Snow White and Aurora.  When I came across these simple princess dresses, I knew Snow White was definitely the first one I would have to order.  The design is simple, but with the red, yellow and blue combo it is immediately recognizable as the Fairest of Them All.  A poison apple necklace to accessorize doesn’t hurt!

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Dressing for Disney: The Little Mermaid

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Today’s Disney parks friendly mommy daughter looks are inspired by The Little Mermaid.

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Dressing for Disney: Up

DressingforDisney_Up Inspired

I absolutely LOVE the Disney/Pixar movie Up.  It makes me tear up every time, but it is one of the few movies I could actually watch over and over and never get sick of.  Plus, it has a bulldog in it so that ‘s always a good thing in my books!

DressingforDisney_Up Inspired

I wasn’t planning to do an Up inspired look for our Disney World trip, but I fell down a rabbit hole on one of my Aliexpress searches and came across this colorful statement necklace and earring set that I was immediately drawn to.  My love for the necklace grew exponentially when I realized the colorful teardrop shaped beads were much like the enormous bouquet of colorful balloons in Up.

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Friday Favorites: Girls Mesh Tutu Skirt from Walmart

Friday Favorites TitleA wide selection of tutu’s and sparkly skirts have always been a staple in my 5 year old daughter’s wardrobe .  Sometimes outfits are coordinated around the skirts, or often they are simply added on top of the outfit I have chosen for the day.  Tutu’s are worn for almost any occasion or activity including school, birthday parties, bike riding, running through fountains or even hiking!

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Friday Favorites: Baileys Pumpkin Spice

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It is September so that means all things pumpkin spice are hitting the shelves!  I do enjoy pumpkin spice, but I think the craze has gotten slightly out of hand.  I normally try to glaze over the various new limited edition pumpkin spice flavored items, but when I spotted this in the liquor store flyer I was willing to make an exception:

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