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Good Behavior Chart for kids

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

 

 

Before my children could read, I needed a good behavior chart with an easy to understand concept. We love to read, so I used a visual from a couple of favorite books. For my daughter we used “Papa, Please get the Moon for M” by Eric Carle, and fr my son we used “Go Dogs Go” by P.D.

Eastman. Both had pages with ladders on them. I started o note that there are a lot of children’s books with ladder images – the Fire pigs or construction workers in Richard Scarry s Busytown books, or Dr. Seuss books. Pick a book and visual your kids recognize from a favorite picture book.

 

When my kids reached the top of the ladder, they got a treat — or in my son’s case, they got to go to a dog party!!!

 

I was very happy with my Eric Carle copy made with a stiff piece of cardboard from a dishwasher box, paint and pipe cleaners. The “Papa” was the one who went up the ladder to get the moon, and I made him out of a fancy wooden cocktail fork, a button, yarn and an old bubble wrap mailer. The likelihood that I will ever throw another party that requires cocktail forks is very slim! I made the moon out of an old plastic bubble mailer — the plastic kind takes and holds acrylic paint really well.

 

In this picture you can see Bella (“Monica” in the real book, which I highly recommend, waiting for Daddy to do her bidding and get her the

moon.) If I did this again, I would make it a little smaller. The ladder is made out of pipe cleaners, and you can have as many rungs as you like.

 

 

 

For Quil’s chart I used an old kitchen cabinet door, just because it was around. It was too heavy, if I did it again I would use heavy cardboard or foam core. I wasn’t so happy with how my version of the art from Go Dogs Go came out, but there was little hair left on my head, and I needed something fast to keep my little boy motivated to do good in this world! I should have put the cars in the treetop, since that’s where he wanted his cocktail fork mini-him to be all the time. These ladders worked for a good 4 years with both of my kids! When one got to the top, he/she got to choose their treat, and who should go. I am proud to say that both kids wanted their sibling along, so everyone won and both were motivated to work together on getting to the top.