Well, they LOVED it! They loved it so much, when I took them to the bookstore to get a kick off summer reading book, they chose this:
Look what I found at breakfast today- he just can't put it down:
One day, we were driving in the car, and my oldest son said "maybe we can do thrill points challenges mom". The wheels began to turn in my head for ideas for challenges. My oldest son is a picky eater, I could challenge him with trying new foods. My kids haven't played many sports, I can challenge them to try new activities. I can continue our Random Acts of Kindness by challenging them to do them on their own. I can let them be silly by challenging them to do silly things and I can show them how to turn something boring into a fun challenge.
I came up with a point system and made a chart:
1 point for making a small attempt, whether or not you back out
5 points if you attempt, but do not complete a challenge
10 points if you complete a challenge
20 points if you are the ONLY one to complete a challenge
I wanted to make the prizes worth it to get the kids really excited and willing to push their limits. I made up first through fourth place prizes, and each one has two choices. For example, first prize is either 1 hour of wii each day for a whole week (no exceptions) OR $10 worth of coins for you to use at Chuckee Cheese. Second prize is going out to do something fun alone with me or dad OR choosing a new book at the bookstore. Third prize is getting your choice of ice cream treat (sundae, shake, etc) OR being the LAST kid in bed every night for a week. Fourth prize is choosing a movie of your choice from Netflix for movie night OR I will make them a batch of their favorite cupcakes.
Last week, when I made the blueberry pie, two of my kids refused to try it. When they heard the prizes a few days later, they were begging me to try a bite. My oldest son really wants to win that Wii time, so he actually ate the bite and didn't gag ;) My youngest son wants the Chuckee cheese time and he ate it and LOVED it! Every day, they are asking me what is the challenge and can they add their own to the chart. I hope by the end of the summer to have the whole posterboard filled with challenges we have tried.
Here is a list of what we have come up with so far:
I hope you have a challenging and fun summer too!