I am the parent of a nine year old boy. He is currently on summer break.
I try to fill his days with trips to museums, tennis lessons, the library, arts and crafts and water sports.
But there is one activity he would rather do above all others: play the Wii.
The first week of summer vacation I gave him free reign to do whatever he wanted. Big mistake. I had to take back the power.
Enter in the Wii Little Token Jar.
I typed up a list of non Wii activities and chores. It included such things as:
Read for 40 minutes
Wash the dog
Fold and put away laundry
and about 30 other tasks or activities.
Each activity completed was worth one token. Each token was worth 30 minutes of play time on the Wii.
No tokens? No Wii.
There was much fussing and crying the first few days. Sweet Boy too.
I quickly realized I had to set a 30 minute timer because I would lose track of time by getting side tracked doing things like…cleaning toilets. Word to the wise: a 9 year old boy can’t be counted on to remember either.
I created the jar with some vintage poker chips someone had given me a few years ago. I filled another jar with antique dominos and nestled the two into an entertainment center vignette.
Sweet boy lines up his earned tokens much like quarters on a pool table. After thirty minutes of play the spent token is placed back in the jar. He is also able to turn in unused tokens for 50 cents each. After three weeks this system is working beautifully.
If you happen to need your own Wii little tokens (aka poker chips) I’ve packaged up some vintage tokens and put them in my Etsy shop.