Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Lily's Tidy Up Star Chart

I have not often had to use star charts to encourage Lily's behaviour. Apart from being a little madam at times, she has never been to bad with tantrums and most of the time done as she is told.

But one thing she really isn't very good at is tidying up. Usually when I have asked Lily to tidy up, its either a "i'm tired" or a blatant no, or she would make it look like she is when in reality I was the one doing it all.

Also Lily has never been very good at playing with a toy, and then putting it away after she has finished playing with it, leaving my home looking like a bomb has hit it.

It was only after Lily kept going on about being on the "Top Star" at nursery did I think to myself, why not make a chart for tidying up.




This star chart isn't like the ones where you place a star on a chart for good behaviour, my star chart I made already has the stars on it and the ideas is that each time she does a really good job tidying she gets to move up a star. Then when she reaches the top star she gets a treat.



It was so easy to make, I got a large piece of card, and some coloured stars. I stuck on the stars in a nice pattern leading up the page with a different coloured one to show the Top Star! Then I made a tag with Lily's name on it.

I simply use blue tack to move Lily up and down the stars.

But did this work??




Yes and no, I think maybe in time when she gets used to the idea she gets treats when tidying then it may work, but for the moment I am still having to remind her that if she tidies she gets to move up a star.

As soon as I tell her that, she is well on with the tidying and happy to put things away. She is always pleased when she see's herself moving closer to the top star.

This idea doesn't just have to be for tidying up and can be perfect as a behaviour chart or a potty training chart. 


Would you use a chart idea like this?

22 comments:

  1. Great idea

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  2. It's always hard to get kids to tidy up after them selves. This looks like a good idea, I like how Lily can see herself moving closer to getting a treat if she tidies up.

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  3. This is so clever - my daughter is so messy with her toys. I say "did you tidy up your toys?" she says "yes all of them!" and they are all still everywhere - ha!

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  4. Yes.

    Rachel Craig

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  5. Certainly would - brilliant motivation

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  6. This is such a good idea, i might actually be able to get my boys to do something to help lol x

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  7. I suppose a possible solution is to ensure that there is sufficient storage available, and have a tidying up routinue.

    Rachel Craig

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  8. Good deeds should be appreciated and acknowledged.

    Rachel Craig

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  9. Just wondering how best to encourage a tidying up routinue:- As should be life long. Though if / when ill health / disability / old age / frailty occurs :- What happens then? In the past there were " Home Helps ". Home Helps were provided via the Social Services, and did shopping, some housework:- Which included tidying up, dusting, etc. I believe that the Home Help Service started up in order to assist new mothers ( Mothers / Mother's Help). Does anyone know the history of the Home Help Service, and if so, can they share the information? Also what are we living with now, and what about the future? As mention of " Superbugs "; Antibiotic Resistance "; Norovirus; Infection Outbreaks within Hospitals, etc, etc.

    Community Care? Infection Control?

    Rachel Craig

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  10. Reward chart :- It is always nice to be appreciated. Endorphins ("feel good hormones ".)

    Rachel Craig

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  11. Sounds like it is going well so far.

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  12. Can recall working in a children's Nursery some years ago. It was a Local Council Funded Nursery. At the end of each session / activity / day staff ( of which I was one, though on a temporary basis as covering for a permanent member of staff who was on long term sick leave following having had surgery) :- Would inform the children that it was now "Tidy Up Time ". Good experience, as well as good routinue, can be used by parents at home and elsewhere. Instills a sense of responsibility, accountability within the children, group, family, community. Great for when visiting elsewhere as encourages children and adults to behave responsibly around others, and respect the environment they happen to be in. No considerate person wants to risk health and / or safety of another. We share space /s, environment.

    Rachel Craig

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  13. Actors etc have Awards :- Such as BAFTA, OSCARS, etc. So maybe awards / rewards are good for all of us.

    Rachel Craig

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  14. Encouraging good behaviour seems to be sensible.

    Rachel Craig

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  15. Wondering if Lily gets to choose the treat. Sometimes when treat is a thing that child is keen to have :- This may provide the incentive / motivation to be good / complient to work towards the goal of achieving the desired treat. Can also encourage a child to save money towards getting a treat / desired item. Allows the child to learn patience, as well as value their belongings / treats / toys, etc.

    Rachel Craig

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  16. Sounds very like my Megan at Lily's age, I would have to dress every doll (Barbie, monster high MLP etc) and every other toy she had pulled out, she is now 6 (7 in august) and she will help me 75% of the time now, sometimes she tidies her bedroom to surprise me, and other times I'll take her 2 year old sister to bed and come back downstairs and shes put the cushions on the sofa or put her sisters toys away so there is hope as well as the treat for reaching the top star, good luck xx

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  17. Wondering how the star chart routinue is going for Lily and yourself.

    Rachel Craig

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  18. Made me think about employment. It seems that nowadays many workplaces have targets. Yet seems some have incentives such as bonuses, whilst others do not. Maybe employers should be assessed in regards to employee conditions, workloads, etc. A star system could be used, to indicate how well the work environment / management, bonuses / incentives, work / life balance, employee wellbeing, etc is rated by current workforce / employees.

    Rachel Craig

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  19. Positive Reinforcement.

    Rachel Craig

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