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Prize ideas for kids (grades 2 to 6)

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Angelskates, Dec 26, 2011.

  1. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    FSU has helped with a lot with suggestions for random things in the past, so I'm asking for help again!

    I'm home in Australia for Christmas and New Year and have the opportunity to buy resources for work. I'm looking for small, not expensive, prizes for the kids at my work. They're kids (mostly grade 2 to 6) with special needs and learning difficulties, but many go to mainstream school. Last year I bought cool erasers in different shapes and colours from Smiggle and they were a hit. I also bought the coloured bendy pencils and sharpeners, and also those thing bangle things (I can't remember what they are called) and some keyring whistles that were fairies/princesses or pirates. So, I need new ideas.

    Lightweight, small, inexpensive and fun ideas most appreciated!
  2. millyskate

    millyskate Well-Known Member

    Bouncy rubber balls. Always a hit with little children.
    and the best one IMO... bubbles :lol: I've used them a lot with disabled children.
  3. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    Thanks milly, they get stickers more regularly so that's not special enough for a prize (prizes are probably 1 in 4 or 6 sessions). Bubbles work for some, and I've given test tube bubbles before; some of my kids also use them inappropriately (like drinking the mix!) but they're still a good option - I can buy them easily and cheaply in Beijing as well, so that's even better! :)
  4. rudi

    rudi Well-Known Member

  5. RockTheTassel

    RockTheTassel Well-Known Member

    Pens and pencils in cool patterns and colors are great because kids like them, and they're also practical things that can be used at school. The tiny erasers are popular too.
  6. Anemone

    Anemone Well-Known Member

    I would second the bouncy balls suggestion.
    Perhaps also little toys, like the spiky ball characters (like this: http://www.smilemakerscanada.com/shop-by-product/seasonal/christmas/christmas-toys/HSPK.html), little jewelry (our dollar stores here have packets of rings, bracelets etc. which my nieces love) or maybe hair things for the girls.
    Whatever stores you have there that you would purchase birthday party supplies I would check out their section for party favours - there are usually lots of neat little things there kids would like - spinning tops, pinball games (like this: http://www.smilemakerscanada.com/shop-by-product/toys/games-puzzles/NTY374.html) etc.
  7. barbk

    barbk Well-Known Member

    Koosh balls? I've seen knock-offs that were cheap, and kids seem to love the tactile sensation.

    Also hand exerciser balls (filled with sand) -- I've seen several of our kids with special ed needs find these helpful. (And the teachers were thrilled because these were typically kids who loved to tap pencils or water bottles until the teachers were about going bonkers.)
  8. Myskate

    Myskate New Member

    How about smencils? These are like scratch and sniff pencils. I have found them online and in some stores. Also, instant snow is fun. Just a little bit of powder turns into alot of fake snow. The kids in the classrooms I worked in also like small puzzles.
  9. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

    From my experience, kids love seeing things from different countries, no matter how useless they are - so you can probably go into any Aussie souvenir shop and find tons of things - keychains, playing cards, magnets, pencils, etc, that are purely (and often stereotypically) Australian and they'll love it.
  10. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the suggestions. Things like koosh balls won't work because the majority have them on my advice ;) Spikey ball creatures and bouncy balls are a good idea! Pens, pencils and erasers have been for the past couple of years so I want something new.

    screech, many of my clients are Australian or have Australian friends, so souveniers aren't a great option. Smencils sound good, I'll look for them! I'm going to look at the two dollar store for ideas as well.
  11. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member