Behavior reinforcement meets fall leaves wreaths
It’s almost fall y’all! Can you just smell the Apple cinnamon? That is my favorite fall scent. Maybe you’re a pumpkin spice kind of gal? Well, either way, I’m sure we’ve got two things in common. First, it’s time to decorate. Second, when are we not working on behavior? I’ve got a cute little craft that checks both of these of my to-do list.
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I was looking for something fun and inexpensive I could do with the boys for fall. The criteria? I wanted them to be able to help me make something, learned while doing it, and be proud to display it. While browsing the , I found some fall leaves and wreaths that were perfect for just such a project
How does it work?
To make your fall leaves wreaths, first decide which behaviors or characteristics you are working on. I chose traits like honesty, kindness, thankfulness, serving, and patience.
I wrote each of these traits on several leaves. Here’s a tip: Alternate which way you write them for some variety. It will also get you from a gaggle of upside down words. To make them easier to manage, I separated them into Ziploc baggies; two traits in each bag.
First I explained to them what we were doing. We are earning leaves for practicing the traits we model. Then at the end of the week (or however long you like), the leaves will be made into a wreath.
Each day we chose a bag of traits to work on. For example, if kindness and serving were out traits for the day, I carried that bag around with me. I’d explain our goals for the day and award them a leaf each time I noticed them modeling that behavior.
So at the end, you’ll have a wreath that you’ll both be proud to display! It will also serve as a great reminder throughout the fall season. If your children are having a hard time earning them, just take a few extra days and create some intentional opportunities for success!
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