My mom told me a story about when I was younger, and it will always stick with me. Before going into pre-school they test each child to see where they are on an educational level by asking them to perform specific tasks that should be achievable for their age. It came to a task of problem solving. There was a raisin in an empty pop bottle, and it was my job to figure out how to get it out. I wouldn’t do it. I wanted nothing to do with it. The test supervisor made notes that I “couldn’t figure it out.” After discussing the results with my mom, the supervisor was very concerned. After all, it was a fairly easy task for a 5 year old to conceive. My mom simply replied, “Well she hates raisins. She doesn’t want to get a raisin out. Make it an M&M and I guarantee she could get that out real quick.” The test supervisor was in shock. She had never thought of that before and wondered how many other children she had marked “failed” for this specific task. From that day on, a rasin was replaced with a M&M.
Kids aren’t going to be interested in completing a
task that is not designed toward their wants and needs. Try to think on their level. Would a young child want the reward that’s