Eating Rewards Charts

 I recently participated in the Summer Reading Series over at my friend, Alison’s blog, Oopsey Daisy.I was asked to create something (craft, recipe, etc.) in conjunction with a kids book and made an Eating Rewards Chart. It was so much fun because I LOVE kids books!

I decided to make something using one of my FAV kids authors’ books:
David Shannon’s

It’s all about a little girl named Camilla who is so concerned about what others think that she ends up covered in stripes and everything else you can imagine because she doesn’t want her classmates to know she loves LIMA BEANS!! Afraid she will be unpopular with her classmates for this secret of hers, Camilla only truly finds herself when she embraces her secret and no longer cares what others think of her.

Reading this book made me realize “I wish my kid LOVE lima beans!!” That’s definitely not the case since liking lima beans (or any veggies for that matter) is not super common, especially with my kiddos. In fact, they’re pretty darn picky. The hubby and I are trying to encourage our kids to eat all sorts of foods and not just something with cheese in it (grilled cheese, quesadillas, mac and cheese, pizza – the kiddos favs). We decided to make EATING CHARTS to help with this… and of course made them with STRIPES!!


-Paint or Spray Paint
-8×10 Eating Chart Print
-Furniture Tacks


1. Paint wood the desired color. Let dry.

2. Add tape to make stripes. Spray paint and let dry.

3. Take off paint and distress if desired.

4. Print off Eating Chart Sheet and cut to 8×10 size.

Eating Chart

5. Hammer tacks in the corners of where the glass will be on the board {but not all the way}. Slide in the glass and paper and hammer in tacks a little more to secure glass. NOTE: If you don’t want to use glass, then you can laminate the sheet and use Vis-a-Vis wet-erase markers (projector markers).

Hang with Ribbon or Voila!!
Now you can use Dry-Erase markers over the glass to draw in smiley or frowny faces and ERASE {just wipe with a paper towel} whenever!
We didn’t want to bribe our kids to eat each day, but we figured that if they get a certain amount of Smiley Faces then they can choose the prize for that week – Rent a movie at Redbox, Go to the Library, Go to the Park, Have a piece of candy 
{which is pretty much bribing, I know} :)
We hope this helps our kids to eat more foods, especially their veggies (like LIMA BEANS!!)

Be sure to check out Alison’s blog for the rest of the projects from the Summer Reading Series!

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  1. 1

    You have a great blog. Nice variety. I look forward to some great recipes as I've been in a rut lately. :) Come visit sometime.

  2. 2

    Such an adorable and useful idea! David Shannon is hands down my favorite author/illustrator. My kids are fans too. Love that you were inspired by that book. xoxo

  3. 3

    I read something a while ago about bribes vs. rewards. Rewards are given AFTER you earn it. Bribes are actually given BEFORE the behavior occurs, so you're absolutely doing it the right way! I hope that your system works for you!

  4. 4

    such an adorable project with the bright colours this will be great for picky eaters.I will be honored if you will add this project in our weekly linking party every Wednesdays at a great week,Maggie

  5. 5

    You are so fabulous, Kristyn!! I'm a huge David Shannon fan. Thanks again for coming to Oopsey Daisy!

  6. 6

    How cute! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm putting this on the to-do list for my daughter!I'd love to have you visit our first linky party this Thursday! It's a party specifically for kids and teenagers craft and other ideas, so your idea will be absolutely perfect! Hope you'll stop by!

  7. 7

    I love this chart idea! My oldest son is horrible at eating and I think this may do the trick! Great blog! I am a new follower, please check out my blog:

  8. 8

    This is such a CUTE idea to get kids motivated! I'll have to remember this for when I'm a mommy! :) I'd love for you to link up at my Tuesday Tutorials link party! I'll be hosting one every Tuesday, the link is open now :) Hope to see you there!

  9. 9

    Thank you! I caught this over on I Heart Naptime and it looks awesome. We are at our whits end trying to get our three year old to eat. Maybe this will help her to keep track of and visualize her eating habits? One can always hope! :) – Jess at OlyMomma

  10. 10

    Such a great idea! My 4 year old used to be my best eater now just trying to get him to try something ends with tears and sometimes vomit. yuck. I hope this might do the trick.

  11. 11

    I love this eating chart! This would be great for my picky eaters!

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