High school and middle school students can be a challenging age group to motivate and reward. It can be difficult to find prizes that will appeal to them, and even more challenging to find ones that are affordable. However, it is important to remember that rewards don’t have to be expensive to be effective. In fact, cheap rewards can be just as motivating for teens as more costly ones.
I had lots of fun searching Amazon for packs of affordable prize items you can give to your students. Here are some ideas I found. The pictures are linked to what’s currently available. (I’m not currently an Amazon affiliate; links are just for your convenience.)
As always, you know your classroom culture best. Some of these ideas would be hits and some might be duds, depending on your students. Try out the ones that you think would be best received.
Cheap rewards for older students (around $1 or under):
Kooky pencil sharpeners
Decorative locker magnets
Silly sticky toys
Slime or Play-doh
What’s even better than cheap rewards? Free rewards, of course. Here’s a few free prize ideas that your middle school or high school students might enjoy working towards.
Free rewards for older students:
A shout-out on the school’s social media
A free period for homework or studying
Field trip opportunity
Design a project or activity for the class
Pick the teacher’s outfit for a day
Bring a blanket or snack to class
Of course now you’re going to need some awesome review games to go with these fun prizes for your high school students. Drop your email below and I’ll send you my free e-book packed with review games!
Ultimately, the key to cheap rewards is creativity. With a little bit of thought, it’s possible to find rewards that are both appealing and budget-friendly.
So next time you’re looking for ways to motivate your high school students, don’t think that you need to break the bank to do it. Cheap rewards can be just as effective as more expensive ones.