When I was a kid, I had a wonderful teacher who set up a little “store” in the back corner of our classroom. The “reward store” worked like this: every time you did something good in class, like help clean the hamster cage, doing well on your homework, or going out of your way to help someone else, you would earn a ticket. Everyone would save their tickets, and on Friday, right before the end of school, the teacher would open the store.
It was one of the best feelings in the world, spending those tickets! The store was stocked with little items like pencils, erasers, notepads, candy, plus what I now know to be unwanted trinkets from my teacher’s home. For example, there was a ceramic mallard duck planter that I purchased from the teacher’s store for my dad, who was (and still is) an amazing gardner. Unfortunately, I was a pretty clumsy kid, and as I walked home, I tripped and dislodged the little spiky plant from the duck’s back. I remember presenting my gift to my dad: in one hand I held the duck and in the other, the uprooted plant! I was so proud, and to my dad’s credit, he was able to save the plant, and the duck sat on our windowsill for many years.
Anyway, the little store in my classroom gave me an idea for something fun to do with your family, or even local group or club.
When you’re a kid, your funds are usually limited, and that makes it hard when it comes time to buy holiday presents for your family. I know that there’s nothing better than being able to take your hard-earned funds (whether in the form of tickets or money) and purchase something special for someone you love. So, if you start now, you and your kids will be ready for the upcoming holiday season!