Our current Forum Q&A topic is about what items kids like to see best in incentive prize boxes! Here is a peek at what is currently in my prize box:
Most of these items cost a dollar or less. The binder pouches, sidewalk chalk, and silly bandz (those were all the rage among school kids last year!) were on clearance. The hair clips, notebooks, stencils, bookmarks, ball, and erasers are from the dollar store. The bracelets, rings, and compass (only one left — they are very popular) were in the party favor section at Wal-Mart, I believe. Match box cars cost around $1 at most grocery stores. I ordered the music pencils from a music catalogue (students love these; here are some on Amazon). Crayons currently cost around $0.50 in the back-to-school section.
Basically, I keep my eyes open all the time for goodies to add to the box!
My prize box is pretty full right now, but when I need more items I plan to order some Japanese puzzle erasers. I have heard that they are very popular among school kids right now. I think they would work great for keyboard games, too, because they are SO cute and are harmless on the piano keys. I think students would be motivated to collect them! You can buy an assortment of puzzle erasers on Amazon here or here.
I have heard that “Squinkies” are popular right now, too. They are tiny, squishy animals/people. I think they work as pencil toppers. From what I can tell, a 16-pack costs between $10-15. You can find these at almost any store in the toy aisle, but here is a pack listed on Amazon:
If you haven’t joined in the discussion about prizes for students yet, click here (there are already lots of great ideas from readers in the comments section)! To read more about how my current incentive program works, check out this post.