Making shining stars with reward charts

Mother and daughter putting a star on a reward chart stuck on a fridge in the kitchen
Primary school 4-9 years

We know children learn better with positive encouragement, rather than criticism.

Provide your child with a sense of achievement and the ability to organise themselves to get the job done. This approach could help with reaching a reading goal—or a school project, by providing incentives like a reward chart.

The incentive

Before you start creating the reward chart, agree with your child what the goal should be and the incentives for reaching the goal. Try not to make it too big or expensive. The reward needs to match the tasks. Some suggestions are a book, small toy or movie ticket.

Decide how many stars your child will need to earn (this could be within a particular time period or unlimited) in order to receive the reward.


There are free printable reward charts available on the internet (try Pinterest) and you can find some in some newsagents. However, for children with specific tasks to do, it is often easier to make your own.

What you will need:

  • A large piece of cardboard or a whiteboard
  • Felt pens or whiteboard markers
  • Star-shaped stickers (or you can draw a star in each square as the task is completed)


  • Draw a table with columns for each day of the week.
  • Draw rows for each task you would like your child to achieve. Be specific so your child knows exactly what you would like them to accomplish.
  • Acknowledge progress against goals by sticking (or drawing) a star in the relevant cell on the chart.

Last modified on Monday 14 January 2019 [2571|13816]

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