Make Your Own Good Behaviour Jar

My daughter has become a typical "threenager". Tantrums, defiance, drama...you name it, we're dealing with it. Lately I've been feeling like we need to try something more proactive to encourage better behavior, so I decided to make a "warm fuzzies" behavior jar.

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The idea of the jar is that when I catch her being good (playing nicely with her brother, not arguing with me about getting ready for bed, etc.) I praise her for her good behavior and put a "warm fuzzy" (a pom pom ball) in her behavior jar. When she fills her jar to the top, she will have earned her favourite treat: ice cream!

So, of course, I couldn't just put a jar on the counter and call it a day (do you know me at all?!). Since her prize would be ice cream, I decided to make the jar look like an ice cream cone! Not only is it cute, but I think having this visual reminder sitting on the shelf will help my daughter remember what she's trying to earn. That's my hope anyway!

To make my ice cream jar, I first gathered my supplies: 5-6 sheets of cream craft felt, half of a Styrofoam ball, a variety of colorful pom pom balls, straight pins and two jars.

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I started by tracing circles on my craft felt and cutting out the pieces. I used a large spool that I had in my craft room; it seemed to be the right size.

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After I had my circles cut out, I folded each one in half, glued it, then folded it in half and glued it again.

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I then took a straight pin and stuck it though the folded felt and down into the Styrofoam ball. I continued to do this all around the half-ball until it was covered in "ice cream."

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Then I took a circle of felt the same size as the bottom of my Styrofoam half-ball and glued it to the bottom of the Styrofoam (I did this so that I could glue the Styrofoam onto one of the jars since Styrofoam is hard to glue as the glue tends to melt it).

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Then I started gluing decorations onto my "ice cream": I used tiny pom poms to make "sprinkles" and a large red pom pom for a "cherry" on top. Then I glued the whole thing down on the top of the jar.

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I put the rest of the pom poms in a separate jar and put the two together on our bar in the living room so my girl can see her behavior jar at any given time. I can't wait to get started using this new positive reinforcement system and I am really hopeful it will help make a difference...for all of our sakes!

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Author: Cheyenne Bell

Cheyenne, a photographer and SAHM, resides with her amazing hubby, two crazy kiddos, a Border Collie and two evil cats in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. Besides photography, her greatest passions include lots of coffee, autumn, flea markets, vintage finds, old books, and red wine. When she’s not wrangling babies or shooting them (with her camera, of course) you can find her over at her blog, Girl v. The World, where she writes about everything from DIY, decor, motherhood, and healthy living, to the occasional product review or giveaway of things she loves.

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