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Ideas for ‘treats’ that aren’t sweets or screens!

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Canigotosleepyet Sun 24-Sep-17 16:03:15

Just that really - have a couple of dc under 8 and there’s often moments where it’s handy to have a ‘treat’ up my sleeve to help get things done or encourage good behaviour but I end up with food treats or screens. Does anyone have good ideas that seem something special??

PurplePillowCase Sun 24-Sep-17 16:06:35

a board game?
a tickle fight?
going swimming?

GreatBigPolarBear Sun 24-Sep-17 16:09:37

Later bedtime

handsfree Sun 24-Sep-17 16:10:05


BrieAndChilli Sun 24-Sep-17 16:10:33

Comic, craft set, sticker book, watch a film with popcorn,

MrsMotherHen Sun 24-Sep-17 16:11:07

sticker book goes down well in our house.
Soft play

KingJoffreysRestingCuntface Sun 24-Sep-17 16:11:31

Making yummies?

When I was a kid I liked collecting snails, painting their shells nice and releasing them.

Or go out looking for fircones and stuff and paint them.

Threeandabit Sun 24-Sep-17 18:42:12

Kids' club cinema
Visit the animals at Pets at Home
Going to the Park / Woods
Soft play
Colouring books
Kite Flying

Encourage them to collect something small and inexpensive like badges, novelty rubbers or postcards that you can add to.

00100001 Sun 24-Sep-17 18:45:35

Small toy or collectible (shopkins, bernadette, lego figure etc)

Swimming pool

Trip to somewhere (museum, far away Park)

Activities like paint your own pottery

Pocket money bonus

Depends on how big a reward you want?

42RedBalloons Sun 24-Sep-17 18:49:30

Those little bottles of bubble blowing solution with the wands

Cin3ma Sun 24-Sep-17 18:50:23

My kids are 9 and 13, so a little older, but:

Smoothies or healthy milkshakes (make their own in the blender)
Film night (get the duvets down and watch a film in the living room)
Allowed to get into my bed and watch a film or tv programme with me
A (cheap) trip out - rollerskating, swimming, cycling etc
Extra pocket money
Later bedtime
Allowed to have tea on their laps in front of the TV (this is a good Friday night treat when you're really knackered grin).
Can choose what music radio station we listen to in the car
Trip to Pets at Home (animal lovers!)
£3 to spend in the charity shops (they love charity shop challenges)

oldcrownie Sun 24-Sep-17 19:00:54

Only sweets or money really cut it with mine now but when they were younger I could reward them with special one on one time. Doing whatever they wanted as long as it was free. I played with them loads at other times but the way I explicitly said it made it a treat.

Canigotosleepyet Sun 24-Sep-17 19:21:53

Aw - thanks all! Some really fab ideas here! Definitely like the idea of encouraging a collection of small things like erasers - I did that! And have never thought of painting snails but it’s inspired! Any more, anyone??

YBR Sun 24-Sep-17 19:50:42

My two DDs (4&6) earn tokens they can then spend (we use lolly sticks but it can be whatever.
Things to spend on are trips to trampoline park or cinema, new books/DVDs/CDs/toys, TV tea.
This way I don't need to keep a stock of rewards as they get the token and can "spend"it later

YouWereRight Sun 24-Sep-17 20:11:23

Both dc adore a trip to a local rope swing, in a forest, it's a pain to get to, so I use that.

For dc2 searching for conkers without me limiting the number he can bring home is heaven.

Jaggythistle Sun 24-Sep-17 20:13:10

Craft set
New stationery - nice pen/ pad
Sticker book/ cheap book (picked up from The Works/Home bargains etc)
Bubbles for wee ones
Definitely the small collectibles. All 3 of mine went nuts over a tsum tsum blind bag recently and they still play with their Grossery Gang collection and Thomas mini engines.

Non- things occasionally work:
"Family game time" if they're keen. Needs the toddler not to be too tired and me feeling patient. 😏
Offer to bake something they like
Go to park
Walk to look for creatures of some sort.

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