If you’re a parent, I’m quite sure you’re familiar with sticker charts.
I am too.
Little pieces of bribery that bring so much happiness to both parties.
When I met the nice people from Kudo Banz last week I was very, very impressed by their expansion of this age old positive reinforcement tradition. Their idea was to create a wearable line of bracelets with all kinds of fun charms that your child can earn (instead of a boring sticker), and then unlock special, parent inputted rewards on their accompanying app.
Is your kid a fro-yo addict? Well earn a Kudo Banz charm and you can unlock a special trip after dinner. Love swimming? Earn a charm, unlock a special trip to the pool! The parent gets to create the special treats the child can unlock on the app after the child earns the charm. They can be as unique as you want because who knows your kid better than you!
I tested out a sample with my three year old son. He is most recently obsessed with wearables and as you can imagine grabbed this right out of my hands.
In the Starter Pack – which is enough for two children – you get a hardcover storybook (with a great story of a clever Grandma teaching her grand kids how much fun it is to earn positive reinforcements), two bracelets (with three Kudo spots each), six Kudo charms, a carrying pouch and the Kudo Banz app.
It was great – the next day we organically found ourselves in a situation where he needed to behave for a few hours (that was a HUGE ask) but since he was chomping at the bit for the Kudo Banz I had me a strong bargaining chip. Know what? He actually behaved!
The next morning we opened the box – met by much excitement, and carefully chose the red bracelet.
Next, he got to pick the type of charm he wanted and to pull it out from the mystery bag (this was so exciting to him I can’t convey it in words).
He got a blue dinosaur. It was pretty amazing.
Finally, we put it on his bracelet!
Bam! Earned positive reinforcement. Now, he wants to know what he can do next to earn another one. I have to admit, it is pretty genius. It was great watching him show his bracelet with pride to everyone we met the next day. HE earned it. HE picked it. HE’s wearing it. I love it!
The app is a great component as well. The parent can choose between three and eight rewards for the child to earn unlocking something different with each charm.
You can also fully customize the rewards wheel the child “spins” and track their progress on the colorful map! They had me at using his picture as the “start” and “end”.
Fun for parents, fun for kids, and maybe with this – they’ll actually listen.
I wonder if it would work on my husband… you took out the garbage, you get a charm! Kidding honey..