If you’re looking for an incentive to get your kid to read, you may want to take a look at KidsCash.
I saw this product on Breakfast Television, and I think it could be applied really well to help encourage kids to read.
You reward your child for reading by giving him “KidsCash,” printed kid-friendly coupons that look like money. You can dole out the KidsCash for each book read, or each page he reads, or for reading for a certain amount of time.
Here’s the twist: your child then spends the KidsCash to do something he really wants to do, like video-game time or TV time. Or he spends it on a toy, switching out with you for real money which he then takes to the toy store.
The KidsCash website has lots of ideas, including reward charts.
KidsCash comes in six different colours—they recommend a different colour for each child in the family—and it sells for $25 (plus tax and shipping) for a box of 250 coupons.
So, I sent the KidsCash people an e-mail, asking them if I could see some samples of the cash or post a .jpg, but I haven’t heard back from them. I got tired of waiting and thought I’d post this anyway–I think I’ve got the idea. Meanwhile, my friendly little e-mail is probably sitting in their JunkMail box and they have no idea I’ve even e-mailed them. Another potential friendship scuppered by technology!