Homemade Scratch-Off Paint. Wow. I saw this ingenious idea online here and thought it looked like so much fun! I mean, don’t people buy lottery tickets just to have the fun of scratching them off?! The original blog I saw it on used it to cover chores that her child could do to earn extra money, but I decided that it was the perfect setup to use for the kids’ chore rewards.
I talked everything over with Nathan, and we thought of a few rewards the kids could “earn” by doing all their chores for a whole week (i.e., the “tickle trunk” where they can pick one toy/coloring book/whatever I buy and put in). We had tried the traditional allowance thing last year, but found it cost too much! :P Then I sat the kids down and asked what they wanted for rewards, mentioning a few that we had thought of. It was so cute to see what they requested – alone time with Mommy or Daddy, game night, chips and soda…they’re obviously easy-to-please kids. Here is the chart I came up with for one of the kids, using 8 rewards twice to fill 16 boxes. I figure that should cover 4 months!
I made four of them (for 4 kids), mixing up the rewards so they can’t “plan” which one they will get. I had tested the recipe on several types of paper, and found cardstock covered with contact paper gave the best results for scratching, so that’s what I did. We might even be able to reuse them! I’m beginning to love contact paper….hmmmn….
Next came the fun part. I covered over the rewards with a mixture of metallic paint (I didn’t have acrylic so I used “Delta Creative Air-Dry PermEnamel Accent Liner Gold”) and dish soap at a 2:1 ratio. Then of course let them dry. I did it myself, so I didn’t use tape as guidelines (as per the original) but you could certainly do that and have the kidlings paint their own. I didn’t want mine to see the in-process rewards, as at least one of them would memorize the locations of his favorite rewards! :P Here’s a picture:
It was a bit of work, so I wouldn’t do it for, say, a weekly chore chart. But the kids are SUPER excited!!!