Looking for a fun, creative (and cheap!) DIY reward to add a little something new to your 2-3 classroom management toolbox? Try C.H.I.P trophies!!
What is the C.H.I.P. Trophy?
The C.H.I.P. trophy is a shrunken chip bag glued atop a red plastic cup with a label taped to the front. C.H.I.P. stands for Caring, Helpful, Independent, Polite. The CHIP trophy is the ultimate classroom reward! You can give one away during weekly class meetings or whenever you deem a student suitably caring, helpful, independent, and polite. Third graders find these irresistible and will do almost anything to get one – including always saying please and thank you.
The C.H.I.P. Necklace
After the success of the CHIP trophy, I decided to see if wearing a shrunken chip bag would also entice my students. Yep! Thus, the CHIP necklace was born. This is simply a shrunken chip bag with a hole punched in it, tied with yarn. If the CHIP trophy is your ultimate behavior reward, think of CHIP necklaces as your honorable mentions.
During the summer, make 25-30 CHIP trophies so they can be ready to display (somewhere unreachable) for the entire school year. These make a great conversation piece for back to school night, and you can start talking about being caring, helpful, independent, polite people on the first day of school!
Students love these chip bags glued to cups. Seriously!
At a parent conference a few years ago a grandmother related how excited her grandson was to bring home his CHIP trophy, saying he was so thrilled they decided to use it as the star on their Christmas tree. Siblings of past students relate how their brothers/sisters/friends won the trophy when they were in third grade and how the dog ate/mutilated/stepped on it and made their brother/sister/friend cry. I often hear from parents of trying to throw away their now 14 year old child’s dusty CHIP trophy, but it had to be put in the “special things” box because their teenager refused to part with it.
Every year as you burn your knuckles smacking down shrinking chip bags in the oven, your significant other will wonder aloud, “Is that really worth it?” The answer — ABSOLUTELY! When you are tagged 6 years later in a picture of a now Jr. High student holding their beloved CHIP trophy, a long-healed finger burn will certainly be worth those moments of “Ouch!”
How to make a CHIP Trophy
1. Put a chip bag (must have a foil inside) in your oven at 250-300 degrees (you can try shrinking more than one but I suggest one to start)
2. Watch it.
3. Keep watching it.
Nothing will happen.
Then . . .
All of a sudden . . .
The corners will start to curl!
4. Get your spatula and smack the bag flat
5. Flip the bag
6. Repeat steps 4&5 until the bag is as small as you’d like it.
7. Let it cool, hot glue it to a plastic cup, smack on a label (Mine say CHIP Trophy Mrs. Smith’s Third Grade Class) and start rewarding caring, helpful, independent, polite people!
Try this out and let me know how it goes in the comments. Did you burn any knuckles? I swear it will be worth it when you see the smiles on your little kidlets’ faces when they earn one. Life highlight for sure!!!
Want more ideas from the Summer Tasks for Teachers series? You can find them HERE.
Have a fab day Super Teacher,