The 9 Best Classroom Prizes for Students

Prizes can be powerful motivators that reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative ones. Here are student-approved ideas.
Celebrate your students’ positive behaviors with classroom prizes! Prizes can be powerful motivators that reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative ones. Whether you use a prize box or assign prizes to specific behaviors, students will be excited about the opportunity to earn rewards in class.
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Classroom Prize Ideas for Students

Incorporating prizes into your classroom doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are nine simple classroom rewards that your students are sure to love.

1. Snacks and drinks

You can never go wrong with snacks and drinks as classroom prizes. Whether it’s a bag of chips or a bottle of juice, students will love receiving tasty items in class. 

When choosing snacks and drinks, be mindful of federal Smart Snack regulations which restrict certain foods from being served at school. Although there are limitations, there are still plenty of compliant options that they will enjoy.

2. Certificates

Students of all ages appreciate certificates! Young children, preteens, and even teenagers take pride in showing off their awards to family and friends. This is a low-cost, low-prep way to show recognition and appreciation for students who exhibit positive behaviors. 

The certificates can also serve as motivators to the other students in the class who want to do whatever it takes to receive one. You can easily create a certificate in Microsoft Word, Publisher, or an online design platform such as Canva.

example good behavior certificate for students

3. Student Spotlight (featured on bulletin board)

Similar to certificates, choosing a student to highlight on the bulletin board can go a long way in encouraging students to be their best selves. 

You can highlight the student of the week, the most helpful student, or the winners of any other categories by displaying them on a bulletin board inside or outside of the classroom. Your students can create “About the Student” profiles complete with their favorite motivational quotes, favorite food, and other fun favorites. 

Let them take silly pictures, and display the pictures and profiles on the bulletin board. You can increase student buy-in by brainstorming categories together!

4. School Merchandise

Reward your students and allow them to show their school pride by adding school merchandise to your classroom prize box. When the school’s logo is placed on items such as pens, pencils, and notebooks, they quickly transform from common school supplies to desired prizes. 

When it comes to school merchandise, there’s no need to stick to school supplies. You can add hoodies, water bottles, keychains, and more.

5. Hat Pass

Many students love to wear hats, so why not make a hat pass one of your classroom prizes? Students who choose this prize will earn the privilege to wear their favorite hat all day at school. 

Whether they wear a silly hat, a colorful hat, or a hat representing their favorite sports team, your students will enjoy this opportunity to showcase their personality and individuality.

6. Special Seat for the Day

Do you have a special chair, bean bag, or yoga ball in your class? If so, something as simple as allowing students a chance to sit in a special seat for the day can motivate them to exhibit positive behavior. 

Although students of all ages will want this prize, make sure you choose seating that will not cause a distraction. While a high school student can sit on a yoga ball without distracting classmates, a kindergarten student might prefer to kick it!

7. Listen to Music

Many children enjoy listening to music, but this is a privilege that they often don't get at school. By making this a classroom prize, students will feel motivated to be on their best behavior and complete their work in order to earn it. 

You can either allow students to listen to their own music through their earbuds. Or if you usually play music for the students while they work, let this student be in charge of the playlist for the day. Ask them to submit their song selections in advance, so you can screen them for appropriateness. You can also provide the student with a long list of acceptable songs from multiple genres and allow them to create a playlist.

8. TikTok with the Teacher

If you've spent at least one day in a classroom since 2020, you’re probably familiar with TikTok and its many trending videos. If you’re comfortable, “TikTok with the Teacher” is sure to be a hit in your classroom. 

The winner of this prize will have the opportunity to do a TikTok with you. TikTok videos aren’t all about dancing to music while pointing at words. You can choose one that you would like to do, or you and the student can choose one together. It can even be educational! Spend a few minutes practicing and recording the Tik Tok, and your students will love you forever. 

9. Teacher for the day 

The possibilities are endless when you allow a student to be the teacher for the day (or class period)! You can set guidelines to ensure the student chooses activities that are related to the course content. For example, the student can decide which educational game the class will play. 

Alternatively, you can let them teach the class something new. This can be a great confidence booster for the student. The other students will be eager to win this prize, so they can teach the class about something they care about. This is a great prize to give on a half-day, day before a break, or after standardized tests.

Your Classroom Prizes

This list is only the tip of the iceberg for the kind of prizes you can have in your classroom reward system. Add to the list by asking your students for suggestions. 

The best classroom prizes are the ones your students will enjoy and they still follow PBIS best practices, so consider your student's personalities as you decide which one to use in your classroom. As always, be fair and consistent when rewarding students for their behaviors. If you're experienced in classroom rewards you might also consider establishing your own PBIS Store.

The 9 Best Classroom Prizes for Students

Prizes can be powerful motivators that reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative ones. Here are student-approved ideas.
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Classroom Prize Ideas for Students

Incorporating prizes into your classroom doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are nine simple classroom rewards that your students are sure to love.

1. Snacks and drinks

You can never go wrong with snacks and drinks as classroom prizes. Whether it’s a bag of chips or a bottle of juice, students will love receiving tasty items in class. 

When choosing snacks and drinks, be mindful of federal Smart Snack regulations which restrict certain foods from being served at school. Although there are limitations, there are still plenty of compliant options that they will enjoy.

2. Certificates

Students of all ages appreciate certificates! Young children, preteens, and even teenagers take pride in showing off their awards to family and friends. This is a low-cost, low-prep way to show recognition and appreciation for students who exhibit positive behaviors. 

The certificates can also serve as motivators to the other students in the class who want to do whatever it takes to receive one. You can easily create a certificate in Microsoft Word, Publisher, or an online design platform such as Canva.

example good behavior certificate for students

3. Student Spotlight (featured on bulletin board)

Similar to certificates, choosing a student to highlight on the bulletin board can go a long way in encouraging students to be their best selves. 

You can highlight the student of the week, the most helpful student, or the winners of any other categories by displaying them on a bulletin board inside or outside of the classroom. Your students can create “About the Student” profiles complete with their favorite motivational quotes, favorite food, and other fun favorites. 

Let them take silly pictures, and display the pictures and profiles on the bulletin board. You can increase student buy-in by brainstorming categories together!

4. School Merchandise

Reward your students and allow them to show their school pride by adding school merchandise to your classroom prize box. When the school’s logo is placed on items such as pens, pencils, and notebooks, they quickly transform from common school supplies to desired prizes. 

When it comes to school merchandise, there’s no need to stick to school supplies. You can add hoodies, water bottles, keychains, and more.

5. Hat Pass

Many students love to wear hats, so why not make a hat pass one of your classroom prizes? Students who choose this prize will earn the privilege to wear their favorite hat all day at school. 

Whether they wear a silly hat, a colorful hat, or a hat representing their favorite sports team, your students will enjoy this opportunity to showcase their personality and individuality.

6. Special Seat for the Day

Do you have a special chair, bean bag, or yoga ball in your class? If so, something as simple as allowing students a chance to sit in a special seat for the day can motivate them to exhibit positive behavior. 

Although students of all ages will want this prize, make sure you choose seating that will not cause a distraction. While a high school student can sit on a yoga ball without distracting classmates, a kindergarten student might prefer to kick it!

7. Listen to Music

Many children enjoy listening to music, but this is a privilege that they often don't get at school. By making this a classroom prize, students will feel motivated to be on their best behavior and complete their work in order to earn it. 

You can either allow students to listen to their own music through their earbuds. Or if you usually play music for the students while they work, let this student be in charge of the playlist for the day. Ask them to submit their song selections in advance, so you can screen them for appropriateness. You can also provide the student with a long list of acceptable songs from multiple genres and allow them to create a playlist.

8. TikTok with the Teacher

If you've spent at least one day in a classroom since 2020, you’re probably familiar with TikTok and its many trending videos. If you’re comfortable, “TikTok with the Teacher” is sure to be a hit in your classroom. 

The winner of this prize will have the opportunity to do a TikTok with you. TikTok videos aren’t all about dancing to music while pointing at words. You can choose one that you would like to do, or you and the student can choose one together. It can even be educational! Spend a few minutes practicing and recording the Tik Tok, and your students will love you forever. 

9. Teacher for the day 

The possibilities are endless when you allow a student to be the teacher for the day (or class period)! You can set guidelines to ensure the student chooses activities that are related to the course content. For example, the student can decide which educational game the class will play. 

Alternatively, you can let them teach the class something new. This can be a great confidence booster for the student. The other students will be eager to win this prize, so they can teach the class about something they care about. This is a great prize to give on a half-day, day before a break, or after standardized tests.

Your Classroom Prizes

This list is only the tip of the iceberg for the kind of prizes you can have in your classroom reward system. Add to the list by asking your students for suggestions. 

The best classroom prizes are the ones your students will enjoy and they still follow PBIS best practices, so consider your student's personalities as you decide which one to use in your classroom. As always, be fair and consistent when rewarding students for their behaviors. If you're experienced in classroom rewards you might also consider establishing your own PBIS Store.

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The 9 Best Classroom Prizes for Students

Prizes can be powerful motivators that reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative ones. Here are student-approved ideas.
By 
Deiera Bennett
 | 
July 6, 2022
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About the Event

Classroom Prize Ideas for Students

Incorporating prizes into your classroom doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are nine simple classroom rewards that your students are sure to love.

1. Snacks and drinks

You can never go wrong with snacks and drinks as classroom prizes. Whether it’s a bag of chips or a bottle of juice, students will love receiving tasty items in class. 

When choosing snacks and drinks, be mindful of federal Smart Snack regulations which restrict certain foods from being served at school. Although there are limitations, there are still plenty of compliant options that they will enjoy.

2. Certificates

Students of all ages appreciate certificates! Young children, preteens, and even teenagers take pride in showing off their awards to family and friends. This is a low-cost, low-prep way to show recognition and appreciation for students who exhibit positive behaviors. 

The certificates can also serve as motivators to the other students in the class who want to do whatever it takes to receive one. You can easily create a certificate in Microsoft Word, Publisher, or an online design platform such as Canva.

example good behavior certificate for students

3. Student Spotlight (featured on bulletin board)

Similar to certificates, choosing a student to highlight on the bulletin board can go a long way in encouraging students to be their best selves. 

You can highlight the student of the week, the most helpful student, or the winners of any other categories by displaying them on a bulletin board inside or outside of the classroom. Your students can create “About the Student” profiles complete with their favorite motivational quotes, favorite food, and other fun favorites. 

Let them take silly pictures, and display the pictures and profiles on the bulletin board. You can increase student buy-in by brainstorming categories together!

4. School Merchandise

Reward your students and allow them to show their school pride by adding school merchandise to your classroom prize box. When the school’s logo is placed on items such as pens, pencils, and notebooks, they quickly transform from common school supplies to desired prizes. 

When it comes to school merchandise, there’s no need to stick to school supplies. You can add hoodies, water bottles, keychains, and more.

5. Hat Pass

Many students love to wear hats, so why not make a hat pass one of your classroom prizes? Students who choose this prize will earn the privilege to wear their favorite hat all day at school. 

Whether they wear a silly hat, a colorful hat, or a hat representing their favorite sports team, your students will enjoy this opportunity to showcase their personality and individuality.

6. Special Seat for the Day

Do you have a special chair, bean bag, or yoga ball in your class? If so, something as simple as allowing students a chance to sit in a special seat for the day can motivate them to exhibit positive behavior. 

Although students of all ages will want this prize, make sure you choose seating that will not cause a distraction. While a high school student can sit on a yoga ball without distracting classmates, a kindergarten student might prefer to kick it!

7. Listen to Music

Many children enjoy listening to music, but this is a privilege that they often don't get at school. By making this a classroom prize, students will feel motivated to be on their best behavior and complete their work in order to earn it. 

You can either allow students to listen to their own music through their earbuds. Or if you usually play music for the students while they work, let this student be in charge of the playlist for the day. Ask them to submit their song selections in advance, so you can screen them for appropriateness. You can also provide the student with a long list of acceptable songs from multiple genres and allow them to create a playlist.

8. TikTok with the Teacher

If you've spent at least one day in a classroom since 2020, you’re probably familiar with TikTok and its many trending videos. If you’re comfortable, “TikTok with the Teacher” is sure to be a hit in your classroom. 

The winner of this prize will have the opportunity to do a TikTok with you. TikTok videos aren’t all about dancing to music while pointing at words. You can choose one that you would like to do, or you and the student can choose one together. It can even be educational! Spend a few minutes practicing and recording the Tik Tok, and your students will love you forever. 

9. Teacher for the day 

The possibilities are endless when you allow a student to be the teacher for the day (or class period)! You can set guidelines to ensure the student chooses activities that are related to the course content. For example, the student can decide which educational game the class will play. 

Alternatively, you can let them teach the class something new. This can be a great confidence booster for the student. The other students will be eager to win this prize, so they can teach the class about something they care about. This is a great prize to give on a half-day, day before a break, or after standardized tests.

Your Classroom Prizes

This list is only the tip of the iceberg for the kind of prizes you can have in your classroom reward system. Add to the list by asking your students for suggestions. 

The best classroom prizes are the ones your students will enjoy and they still follow PBIS best practices, so consider your student's personalities as you decide which one to use in your classroom. As always, be fair and consistent when rewarding students for their behaviors. If you're experienced in classroom rewards you might also consider establishing your own PBIS Store.

Register Now

About the Event

Classroom Prize Ideas for Students

Incorporating prizes into your classroom doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are nine simple classroom rewards that your students are sure to love.

1. Snacks and drinks

You can never go wrong with snacks and drinks as classroom prizes. Whether it’s a bag of chips or a bottle of juice, students will love receiving tasty items in class. 

When choosing snacks and drinks, be mindful of federal Smart Snack regulations which restrict certain foods from being served at school. Although there are limitations, there are still plenty of compliant options that they will enjoy.

2. Certificates

Students of all ages appreciate certificates! Young children, preteens, and even teenagers take pride in showing off their awards to family and friends. This is a low-cost, low-prep way to show recognition and appreciation for students who exhibit positive behaviors. 

The certificates can also serve as motivators to the other students in the class who want to do whatever it takes to receive one. You can easily create a certificate in Microsoft Word, Publisher, or an online design platform such as Canva.

example good behavior certificate for students

3. Student Spotlight (featured on bulletin board)

Similar to certificates, choosing a student to highlight on the bulletin board can go a long way in encouraging students to be their best selves. 

You can highlight the student of the week, the most helpful student, or the winners of any other categories by displaying them on a bulletin board inside or outside of the classroom. Your students can create “About the Student” profiles complete with their favorite motivational quotes, favorite food, and other fun favorites. 

Let them take silly pictures, and display the pictures and profiles on the bulletin board. You can increase student buy-in by brainstorming categories together!

4. School Merchandise

Reward your students and allow them to show their school pride by adding school merchandise to your classroom prize box. When the school’s logo is placed on items such as pens, pencils, and notebooks, they quickly transform from common school supplies to desired prizes. 

When it comes to school merchandise, there’s no need to stick to school supplies. You can add hoodies, water bottles, keychains, and more.

5. Hat Pass

Many students love to wear hats, so why not make a hat pass one of your classroom prizes? Students who choose this prize will earn the privilege to wear their favorite hat all day at school. 

Whether they wear a silly hat, a colorful hat, or a hat representing their favorite sports team, your students will enjoy this opportunity to showcase their personality and individuality.

6. Special Seat for the Day

Do you have a special chair, bean bag, or yoga ball in your class? If so, something as simple as allowing students a chance to sit in a special seat for the day can motivate them to exhibit positive behavior. 

Although students of all ages will want this prize, make sure you choose seating that will not cause a distraction. While a high school student can sit on a yoga ball without distracting classmates, a kindergarten student might prefer to kick it!

7. Listen to Music

Many children enjoy listening to music, but this is a privilege that they often don't get at school. By making this a classroom prize, students will feel motivated to be on their best behavior and complete their work in order to earn it. 

You can either allow students to listen to their own music through their earbuds. Or if you usually play music for the students while they work, let this student be in charge of the playlist for the day. Ask them to submit their song selections in advance, so you can screen them for appropriateness. You can also provide the student with a long list of acceptable songs from multiple genres and allow them to create a playlist.

8. TikTok with the Teacher

If you've spent at least one day in a classroom since 2020, you’re probably familiar with TikTok and its many trending videos. If you’re comfortable, “TikTok with the Teacher” is sure to be a hit in your classroom. 

The winner of this prize will have the opportunity to do a TikTok with you. TikTok videos aren’t all about dancing to music while pointing at words. You can choose one that you would like to do, or you and the student can choose one together. It can even be educational! Spend a few minutes practicing and recording the Tik Tok, and your students will love you forever. 

9. Teacher for the day 

The possibilities are endless when you allow a student to be the teacher for the day (or class period)! You can set guidelines to ensure the student chooses activities that are related to the course content. For example, the student can decide which educational game the class will play. 

Alternatively, you can let them teach the class something new. This can be a great confidence booster for the student. The other students will be eager to win this prize, so they can teach the class about something they care about. This is a great prize to give on a half-day, day before a break, or after standardized tests.

Your Classroom Prizes

This list is only the tip of the iceberg for the kind of prizes you can have in your classroom reward system. Add to the list by asking your students for suggestions. 

The best classroom prizes are the ones your students will enjoy and they still follow PBIS best practices, so consider your student's personalities as you decide which one to use in your classroom. As always, be fair and consistent when rewarding students for their behaviors. If you're experienced in classroom rewards you might also consider establishing your own PBIS Store.

About the Presenter

Deiera Bennett is a freelance EdTech copywriter with a background in marketing and 6 years of experience as an educator. When she’s not writing, you can find her binge-watching The Office for the 5th time, spending time with family, or looking up recipes on Pinterest.

The 9 Best Classroom Prizes for Students

Prizes can be powerful motivators that reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative ones. Here are student-approved ideas.
By 
Deiera Bennett
 | 
July 6, 2022

Celebrate your students’ positive behaviors with classroom prizes! Prizes can be powerful motivators that reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative ones. Whether you use a prize box or assign prizes to specific behaviors, students will be excited about the opportunity to earn rewards in class.

Classroom Prize Ideas for Students

Incorporating prizes into your classroom doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are nine simple classroom rewards that your students are sure to love.

1. Snacks and drinks

You can never go wrong with snacks and drinks as classroom prizes. Whether it’s a bag of chips or a bottle of juice, students will love receiving tasty items in class. 

When choosing snacks and drinks, be mindful of federal Smart Snack regulations which restrict certain foods from being served at school. Although there are limitations, there are still plenty of compliant options that they will enjoy.

2. Certificates

Students of all ages appreciate certificates! Young children, preteens, and even teenagers take pride in showing off their awards to family and friends. This is a low-cost, low-prep way to show recognition and appreciation for students who exhibit positive behaviors. 

The certificates can also serve as motivators to the other students in the class who want to do whatever it takes to receive one. You can easily create a certificate in Microsoft Word, Publisher, or an online design platform such as Canva.

example good behavior certificate for students

3. Student Spotlight (featured on bulletin board)

Similar to certificates, choosing a student to highlight on the bulletin board can go a long way in encouraging students to be their best selves. 

You can highlight the student of the week, the most helpful student, or the winners of any other categories by displaying them on a bulletin board inside or outside of the classroom. Your students can create “About the Student” profiles complete with their favorite motivational quotes, favorite food, and other fun favorites. 

Let them take silly pictures, and display the pictures and profiles on the bulletin board. You can increase student buy-in by brainstorming categories together!

4. School Merchandise

Reward your students and allow them to show their school pride by adding school merchandise to your classroom prize box. When the school’s logo is placed on items such as pens, pencils, and notebooks, they quickly transform from common school supplies to desired prizes. 

When it comes to school merchandise, there’s no need to stick to school supplies. You can add hoodies, water bottles, keychains, and more.

5. Hat Pass

Many students love to wear hats, so why not make a hat pass one of your classroom prizes? Students who choose this prize will earn the privilege to wear their favorite hat all day at school. 

Whether they wear a silly hat, a colorful hat, or a hat representing their favorite sports team, your students will enjoy this opportunity to showcase their personality and individuality.

6. Special Seat for the Day

Do you have a special chair, bean bag, or yoga ball in your class? If so, something as simple as allowing students a chance to sit in a special seat for the day can motivate them to exhibit positive behavior. 

Although students of all ages will want this prize, make sure you choose seating that will not cause a distraction. While a high school student can sit on a yoga ball without distracting classmates, a kindergarten student might prefer to kick it!

7. Listen to Music

Many children enjoy listening to music, but this is a privilege that they often don't get at school. By making this a classroom prize, students will feel motivated to be on their best behavior and complete their work in order to earn it. 

You can either allow students to listen to their own music through their earbuds. Or if you usually play music for the students while they work, let this student be in charge of the playlist for the day. Ask them to submit their song selections in advance, so you can screen them for appropriateness. You can also provide the student with a long list of acceptable songs from multiple genres and allow them to create a playlist.

8. TikTok with the Teacher

If you've spent at least one day in a classroom since 2020, you’re probably familiar with TikTok and its many trending videos. If you’re comfortable, “TikTok with the Teacher” is sure to be a hit in your classroom. 

The winner of this prize will have the opportunity to do a TikTok with you. TikTok videos aren’t all about dancing to music while pointing at words. You can choose one that you would like to do, or you and the student can choose one together. It can even be educational! Spend a few minutes practicing and recording the Tik Tok, and your students will love you forever. 

9. Teacher for the day 

The possibilities are endless when you allow a student to be the teacher for the day (or class period)! You can set guidelines to ensure the student chooses activities that are related to the course content. For example, the student can decide which educational game the class will play. 

Alternatively, you can let them teach the class something new. This can be a great confidence booster for the student. The other students will be eager to win this prize, so they can teach the class about something they care about. This is a great prize to give on a half-day, day before a break, or after standardized tests.

Your Classroom Prizes

This list is only the tip of the iceberg for the kind of prizes you can have in your classroom reward system. Add to the list by asking your students for suggestions. 

The best classroom prizes are the ones your students will enjoy and they still follow PBIS best practices, so consider your student's personalities as you decide which one to use in your classroom. As always, be fair and consistent when rewarding students for their behaviors. If you're experienced in classroom rewards you might also consider establishing your own PBIS Store.

All Reward Ideas for Students

🎉
👑
🎁
Silly School Leader
Grades 6-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Dress Up or Down Day
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Game-Based Simulation Learning
Grades 9-12
Class/House
Event
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Locker Choice
Grades 9-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Talk Time
Grades 6-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Loudspeaker Shoutout
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Parking Spots
Grades 9-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Extra Recess
Grades K-5
Class/House
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Tutor
Grades 6-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Meet the Teacher
Grades K-8
School
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Movie Night
Grades 9-12
Student
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Career Day
Grades 3-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Trunk or Treat
Grades K-8
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Play Games
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Read Across America
Grades K-8
School
Event
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Old School Cookout
Grades 6-12
Class/House
Event
Deluxe

All Reward Ideas for Elementary School Students

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🎁
Theme Party
Grades K-8
Class/House
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Family Feast
Grades K-8
Class/House
Event
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
School Supplies & Merch
Grades K-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Dress Up or Down Day
Grades 3-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Sports Tickets
Grades 3-12
Student
Tangible
Deluxe
🎉
👑
🎁
Morning Meeting Leader
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Line Leader
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
School Assembly
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Seating Choice
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Class Book
Grades K-5
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Board Game Party
Grades 3-12
Class/House
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Pie a Teacher
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Holidays Around the World
Grades K-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY
🎉
👑
🎁
Class Jobs
Grades 3-8
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Certificate of Achievement
Grades K-12
Student
Privilege
Free
🎉
👑
🎁
Career Day
Grades 3-12
School
Event
Low Cost/DIY

All Event Ideas for Schools

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Family Feast
💰
🎨
Decades Party
💰
🎨
The A-List
💰
🎨
Amazing Race
💰
🎨
Karaoke Night
💰
🎨
Game Week
💰
🎨
Trunk or Treat
💰
🎨
Blood Drive
💰
🎨
Meet the Teacher
💰
🎨
Final Fridays
💰
🎨
STEM Field Day
💰
🎨
Movie Night

All Free Reward Ideas for Schools

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Show & Tell
🎉
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Homework Pass
🎉
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The 9 Best Classroom Prizes for Students

Prizes can be powerful motivators that reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative ones. Here are student-approved ideas.
By 
Deiera Bennett
 | 
July 6, 2022

Celebrate your students’ positive behaviors with classroom prizes! Prizes can be powerful motivators that reinforce positive behavior and discourage negative ones. Whether you use a prize box or assign prizes to specific behaviors, students will be excited about the opportunity to earn rewards in class.

Classroom Prize Ideas for Students

Incorporating prizes into your classroom doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Here are nine simple classroom rewards that your students are sure to love.

1. Snacks and drinks

You can never go wrong with snacks and drinks as classroom prizes. Whether it’s a bag of chips or a bottle of juice, students will love receiving tasty items in class. 

When choosing snacks and drinks, be mindful of federal Smart Snack regulations which restrict certain foods from being served at school. Although there are limitations, there are still plenty of compliant options that they will enjoy.

2. Certificates

Students of all ages appreciate certificates! Young children, preteens, and even teenagers take pride in showing off their awards to family and friends. This is a low-cost, low-prep way to show recognition and appreciation for students who exhibit positive behaviors. 

The certificates can also serve as motivators to the other students in the class who want to do whatever it takes to receive one. You can easily create a certificate in Microsoft Word, Publisher, or an online design platform such as Canva.

example good behavior certificate for students

3. Student Spotlight (featured on bulletin board)

Similar to certificates, choosing a student to highlight on the bulletin board can go a long way in encouraging students to be their best selves. 

You can highlight the student of the week, the most helpful student, or the winners of any other categories by displaying them on a bulletin board inside or outside of the classroom. Your students can create “About the Student” profiles complete with their favorite motivational quotes, favorite food, and other fun favorites. 

Let them take silly pictures, and display the pictures and profiles on the bulletin board. You can increase student buy-in by brainstorming categories together!

4. School Merchandise

Reward your students and allow them to show their school pride by adding school merchandise to your classroom prize box. When the school’s logo is placed on items such as pens, pencils, and notebooks, they quickly transform from common school supplies to desired prizes. 

When it comes to school merchandise, there’s no need to stick to school supplies. You can add hoodies, water bottles, keychains, and more.

5. Hat Pass

Many students love to wear hats, so why not make a hat pass one of your classroom prizes? Students who choose this prize will earn the privilege to wear their favorite hat all day at school. 

Whether they wear a silly hat, a colorful hat, or a hat representing their favorite sports team, your students will enjoy this opportunity to showcase their personality and individuality.

6. Special Seat for the Day

Do you have a special chair, bean bag, or yoga ball in your class? If so, something as simple as allowing students a chance to sit in a special seat for the day can motivate them to exhibit positive behavior. 

Although students of all ages will want this prize, make sure you choose seating that will not cause a distraction. While a high school student can sit on a yoga ball without distracting classmates, a kindergarten student might prefer to kick it!

7. Listen to Music

Many children enjoy listening to music, but this is a privilege that they often don't get at school. By making this a classroom prize, students will feel motivated to be on their best behavior and complete their work in order to earn it. 

You can either allow students to listen to their own music through their earbuds. Or if you usually play music for the students while they work, let this student be in charge of the playlist for the day. Ask them to submit their song selections in advance, so you can screen them for appropriateness. You can also provide the student with a long list of acceptable songs from multiple genres and allow them to create a playlist.

8. TikTok with the Teacher

If you've spent at least one day in a classroom since 2020, you’re probably familiar with TikTok and its many trending videos. If you’re comfortable, “TikTok with the Teacher” is sure to be a hit in your classroom. 

The winner of this prize will have the opportunity to do a TikTok with you. TikTok videos aren’t all about dancing to music while pointing at words. You can choose one that you would like to do, or you and the student can choose one together. It can even be educational! Spend a few minutes practicing and recording the Tik Tok, and your students will love you forever. 

9. Teacher for the day 

The possibilities are endless when you allow a student to be the teacher for the day (or class period)! You can set guidelines to ensure the student chooses activities that are related to the course content. For example, the student can decide which educational game the class will play. 

Alternatively, you can let them teach the class something new. This can be a great confidence booster for the student. The other students will be eager to win this prize, so they can teach the class about something they care about. This is a great prize to give on a half-day, day before a break, or after standardized tests.

Your Classroom Prizes

This list is only the tip of the iceberg for the kind of prizes you can have in your classroom reward system. Add to the list by asking your students for suggestions. 

The best classroom prizes are the ones your students will enjoy and they still follow PBIS best practices, so consider your student's personalities as you decide which one to use in your classroom. As always, be fair and consistent when rewarding students for their behaviors. If you're experienced in classroom rewards you might also consider establishing your own PBIS Store.

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