Classroom Rewards

Some parents and teachers use food to reward for ‘good’ behaviour. Unfortunately these rewards are often lollies or chocolate. Sweet foods are inexpensive, readily accessible - and children like them, but they are not good nutrition.

Giving children sweet treats in the classroom:

  • undermines the school’s nutrition education programme
  • encourages children to eat high fat or sugary foods 
  • teaches children to eat when they are not hungry.

No-cost rewards include:

  • reading outdoors 
  • sitting with friends 
  • having extra free time 
  • having extra art activities 
  • playing educational computer games
  • playing games or puzzles 
  • being “helpers”
  • watching educational videos 
  • spending time in another classroom 
  • Low-cost rewards include: 
  • stickers, pencils or rubbers 
  • sets of flash cards, puzzles, or mazes, (printed off from the computer) 
  • earning points towards a larger prize such as a book, video store or movie voucher 
  • picking a lucky dip prize 
  • receiving a mystery pack prize 

What you can do

  • Speak to teachers about using rewards that do not compromise your child’s health.
  • Give the above lists to the teacher.
  • Write to the school principal urging the school to put a healthy rewards policy in place.