Getting that Warm Fuzzy Feeling

As teachers, our goal is to create a classroom that values positive and kind behavior. I know there are TONS of techniques to do this, and today I’m going to share one of my favorite ones with you. I started this my first year in first grade, and it’s always been a big hit.

All you need is an empty jar:


Some colorful pom-poms:


A Label: (click the picture to download this one for free:

Warm Fuzzie Jar Label

Using Warm Fuzzies is a pretty versatile positive reinforcement tool. You can make it whatever you want it to be, but here’s what I do.


When I introduce the warm fuzzy jar at the beginning of the year, it’s after we’ve made our classroom rules. I explain to them that when everyone is following the rules and treating others kindly it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We talk about things that make them feel “warm and fuzzy” like when people share, when mom gives them a big hug, etc, etc. I then explain how they can earn warm fuzzies and what happens when they fill the jar.

In my classroom this year, I used a clip chart behavior system. Students started on Ready to Learn, and moved up or down depending on behavior. I highly recommend this system because it doesn’t just punish negative behavior, but it also rewards positive behavior. Additionally, my students are responsible for moving their own clips which helps them take ownership of their actions.

At the end of everyday, if everyone in the class is on Ready to Learn or above, they get to add a warm fuzzy (pom-pom) to the jar. Once the jar is filled, they earn a popcorn and movie party. If they go the entire week with everyone on Ready to Learn or above, on Friday they earn 2 warm fuzzies. (Trust me, it’s a big deal.)

Here’s the cool thing, you could totally adjust this to whatever you want to emphasize in your classroom. Maybe students earn a warm fuzzy when you see them helping each other, maybe they earn a warm fuzzy when everyone is participating, etc. etc.

You can also tailor the reward to what works for your class, and you could even have your students pick their own rewards.

Also, depending on the size of your jar, you can decide how long it will take to fill. Since a popcorn and movie party is a pretty big deal, I picked a jar that takes most of the school year to fill.

So that’s one of my favorite positive behavior systems. I’d love to hear about yours! Feel free to post your own positive behavior management blog post in the comments below!

Martha from Primary Paradise


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I have always had a passion for teaching and sharing with others and look forward to sharing my ideas with you!


  • Hillary Darnsteadt
    February 19, 2013 10:01 pm

    Can you email me the clip chart format you use? I would like more positive behavior reinforcement 🙂

    Thank you!

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      February 20, 2013 5:52 am

      Hi Hilary, I just sent you some info. 🙂

      • Hillary
        June 12, 2013 12:53 pm

        Thank you.

  • Leah
    March 25, 2013 11:16 pm

    Hi! I use a system like this as well. I reward the class for the same kind of behavior too. We are just now getting our jar filled and will be having our movie and popcorn party. I also use an individual reward system as well where I give tickets for listening, helping others, neat work, following our class rules. Just about anything can be rewarded. At the end of the week I draw 5 names and then those five students pick a prize from the treasure chest. I have another system as well. If my students do not move their card from green ( green, yellow, red) all day, they get a hole punched in their green card. After 20 punches they get to get a prize from the treasure box. They love getting their card punched at the end of the day.

    • Primary Paradise
      Primary Paradise
      March 26, 2013 7:25 pm

      I love it! I think it’s SO important to reward the class and individuals. Thanks so much for sharing!

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