How To Make A Motivational Chart For Your Children

How To Make A Motivational Chart For Your Children

Make a motivational chart for your child - step-by-step

Creating a motivational chart for your child can be a fun and effective way to encourage positive behaviour and develop good habits. With the right approach, your child will feel inspired to reach their goals and proud of their accomplishments.

Here's a step-by-step guide to making a motivational chart that your child will love!

1. Introduction: the power of positive reinforcement


Motivational charts are a great tool for parents looking to encourage children to develop healthy habits and positive behaviour. Children love to feel a sense of achievement and pride, and a motivational chart can provide them with that. 

By setting SMART goals, choosing the right chart format, making it fun and engaging, tracking progress and getting involved, you can create a motivational chart that your child will love. They’ll also feel a sense of accomplishment and excitement as they work towards their goals.

2. Understanding your child's interests and development stage


Before you start creating your motivational chart, it’s important to understand your child's interests and developmental stage. This will help you determine what goals and rewards will be most motivating for your child.

For example, a younger child may find a star chart with stickers more engaging, while an older child may respond better to a point system or behaviour-tracking chart. You might also choose a theme based around something they like, for example, dinosaurs, football or wildlife.

3. Setting SMART goals with your child


Setting specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART) goals is an important step in creating a successful motivational chart. You can involve your child in the process by asking them what habits or behaviours they would like to improve, and then help them set achievable goals based on their interests and abilities.

For example, if your child loves to play video games, you could set a goal of playing video games for no more than an hour per day.

More examples:

- Specific: Complete homework within 30 minutes of returning from school, every day.

- Measurable: Improve reading comprehension by reading for 30 minutes every night before bed.

- Achievable: Learn and practice 10 new vocabulary words per week.

- Relevant: Spend 10 minutes every day organising and cleaning their room.

- Time-bound: Drink 8 glasses of water every day for one week. Trackable: Exercise for 30 minutes at least 3 times a week.


4. Choosing the right chart format


There are several different types of motivational charts that you can choose from, including star charts, point systems and behaviour-tracking charts. Consider your child's interests and developmental stage when choosing the right chart format. Examples:

Goal-Setting Chart

A simple chart that outlines specific goals for your child to achieve, along with a tracking system for recording progress and celebrating accomplishments.

Behaviour Chart

A chart that tracks your child's behaviour, such as following rules, being kind to others, or completing tasks on time.

Rewards Chart

A chart that provides incentives and rewards for reaching specific goals or demonstrating positive behaviour.

Habit Tracker

A chart that helps children develop healthy habits, such as drinking water, eating fruits and vegetables, or exercising regularly.

Chore Chart

A chart that assigns household tasks to children and tracks their completion, helping to teach responsibility and time-management skills.

Gratitude Chart

A chart that encourages children to reflect on things they are grateful for each day, promoting positive thinking and emotional well-being.

5. Designing the chart: make it fun and engaging


Making your motivational chart visually appealing and engaging is an important step in ensuring your child will want to use it. Use bright colours, fun images and positive wording to make the chart as exciting as possible. You could also involve your child in the design process by asking them to help choose colours, images and wording.

Personalised rubber stamps can be a fun and engaging way to make a motivational chart for children. For example:

Reward Stamps

Create custom rubber stamps with fun, colourful designs to use as rewards for when your child reaches their goals. These stamps can be used to mark the chart and show their progress.

Personalised Stamps

Personalise the rubber stamps with your child's name or initials to make the chart even more special and meaningful for them.

Theme Stamps

Choose rubber stamps that align with a theme or interest your child has, such as animals, stars or superheroes, to make the chart even more fun and engaging.

Signature Stamps

Use a signature stamp to add a personal touch to the chart, such as your child's signature or a message of encouragement.

Create a Stamp Collection

Encourage your child to collect stamps as they reach their goals - unlocking new stamps as they achieve their goals. This can be a fun and interactive way to keep track of their progress and make the chart more enjoyable.

Explore our customised rubber stamps and think about what you might like to have on a stamp for your child.

6. Tracking progress and celebrating accomplishments


Tracking progress is an important part of a motivational chart. Consider using stickers or other rewards to mark each goal that your child reaches. You could also celebrate their accomplishments by having a special treat or outing when they reach a certain number of goals. This will help keep your child motivated and engaged in the process.

7. Get involved: make it a team effort


Involving parents in the process can be a great way to support your child's progress and make the experience more enjoyable for everyone. You could have regular check-ins with your child to discuss their progress, or have a weekly family meeting to celebrate their accomplishments. 

Parents can also help support their child's progress by providing encouragement and positive reinforcement.


Additional Ideas


Make it personal

You can make the chart even more personal by allowing your child to choose their own rewards or incentives. This will help make the chart more meaningful and motivating for your child.

Keep it simple

Don't overcomplicate the chart with too many goals or rules. Keeping it simple will make it easier for your child to understand and follow.

Be flexible

Be open to making changes to the chart if it's not working for your child. It's okay to adjust the goals, rewards or chart format as needed to better meet your child's needs.

Keep it positive

Focus on the positive aspects of the chart and avoid using it as a tool for punishment. Your child should feel motivated and inspired, not discouraged or defeated.

Be patient

Creating habits and positive behaviour takes time and effort. Be patient with your child and celebrate their progress, no matter how small it may be.


Why Make A Motivational Chart? 


There are several benefits to making a motivational chart for your children:

Encourages positive behaviour

By setting goals and tracking progress, motivational charts encourage children to adopt positive behaviours and habits, such as doing homework on time, eating healthy food, or staying organised.

Boosts confidence

By celebrating their accomplishments and seeing their progress, children can gain confidence in their abilities and feel proud of what they have achieved.

Improves self-discipline

Motivational charts can help children develop self-discipline by providing them with a structure for reaching their goals and tracking their progress.

Supports development

By setting and achieving goals, children can develop important life skills such as goal-setting, time management and problem-solving.

Enhances parent-child bond

Creating a motivational chart together can be a fun and engaging activity for parents and children, helping to strengthen their bond and relationship.

Reinforces good habits

Consistent use of a motivational chart can help reinforce good habits and make them a part of your child's routine.

Encourages creativity

Allowing your child to design and personalise their chart can be a creative outlet for them and help to make the chart even more meaningful.


Overall, a motivational chart can be a powerful tool for parents looking to encourage positive behaviour, boost confidence and support your child's development. Explore our custom rubber stamps here.