Rock Jar Wonders

First off I want to thank my boss and his wife Shannon for this great idea.

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We have a 3 year old and are teaching him the concept of going the extra mile of doing something nice. I’m sure you mamas know what a struggle this can be. We recognize him for things like helping me bring in the groceries, doing little chores, cleaning his room, being patient when we are running errands, etc. Check out the steps below for this great idea.Gather your supplies:

Gather your supplies:

  • chalkboard paint
  • 2 jars, a bag of rocks/gems/marbles/army guys/whatev
  • paint brush or and paint sponge
  • really fine sand paper
  • painting tape (optional)
  • chalk
  1. Take your jars and tape off your design or free hand it if your that good. (BTW the paint might leak under the tape so pay attention to that, I have a solution to get it off at the bottom)
  2. Rub your sand paper on the area you want to paint so the paint gets a better grip.
  3. Go ahead and paint the area. I used a brush and a spong to make it as smooth as possible. I recommend you do 3-5 coats.
  4. Once paint drys peel off the tape and… walla! If your paint leaked under the tape use a Q-tip dipped in fingernail polish to get the paint off.
  5. Fill your jar with the “Rocks” of choice and write whatever you want on the painted area.

How it works:

Every time your little does something nice or whatever it is you are rewarding them for they get to put a rock” into the “empty” jar. I write on the empty jar a tally of how many we put in so that sneaky little fingers don’t add extras. Once they reach 10, 15, or event the full jar they get to do something fun or get something they want. At any time they are naughty or acting up I take a rock out and adjust the Talley. We have taught Holden the rules and let him put rocks in and out that way he takes ownership of his actions.

Good luck, I hope it works for you.

Chow

~S~

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