Celebration Ideas

Simple things go a LONG way!

These quick and easy ways to celebrate positive behaviors can be immediately implemented:

  • High Fives
  • Thumbs Up
  • Smiles
  • Winks
  • Hugs
  • Clapping
  • Knuckles
  • Silly dance
Celebration Ideas

“I loved the way to put your shoes on so fast. You were done before I cleaned up this puzzle!”

“I love how you cleaned up all of your snack! You remembered the plate, the cup and the little cracker that fell on the floor.”


Be specific! Rather than a generic “good job”, let your child know exactly what you liked so that they are encouraged to do it again. Was it because they did it with a smile, were fast, careful, thorough?  Did he or she do it without help or reminders?


Create a cheer or short song to celebrate. Give cheers at snack time or other group time.


Celebrate at group time

Praise a child’s success in front of his peers at goodbye circle or group time.  Not only will the child feel proud and encouraged to do it again, but other peers may be motivated to try that same behavior as well.

Take a picture

Send home a photo of the class or the child doing desired behaviors and send it home with a short note.

Tell a parent about his/her success in front of the child.

“You wouldn’t believe how amazing Lauren has been today. She is following our new schedule. It has been a wonderful morning!”

Reward the extra time saved.

“You worked so hard to clean up our toys, we have 10 extra minutes to …”  Suggest a favorite activity like read a book, play a game, dance, sing a song, or better yet let child choose activity.