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