Reward Good Behavior with a Crown

What You Need:

  • Tape measure (flexible enough to wrap around your child's head)
  • Thin cardboard, such as posterboard
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Large paperclips
  • Gold or silver spray paint
  • Plastic jewels
  • Posterboard, gold star stickers (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Measure the circumference of your child's head using the tape measure.
  2. Sketch a flattened crown shape on the posterboard, making it three inches longer than the circumference measurement.
  3. Cut the crown shape out of the posterboard.
  4. Measure 1.5" on each end of the crown. Overlap the ends, glue them together, and hold them in place with paper clips as the glue dries. (Note: you can skip steps 1-4 by using an inexpensive paper crown from party supply stores.)
  5. Remove the paper clips, take the crown outside, and lay out newspapers to avoid a mess.
  6. Spray the crown with gold or silver spray paint. Be sure to cover the entire crown! Leave it to dry.
  7. Once it's dry, invite your child to glue plastic jewels to the crown. Then try it on for size!
  8. Next time he says, "Thank you" or cleans his room without being asked (or without complaining) award him with the crown. When he behaves badly, remind him that he won't get to wear his crown until he's good. If desired, you can keep track of how many times he's good in one week using gold star stickers and a posterboard. If he gets 10 stars in one week, let him wear the crown for an entire day. It's sure to teach good behavior in no time!

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