1,000 - 5,000 downloads
- Original idea
- Parents and kids
- The idea of action-reward can be tricky sometimes
Help your kids achieve goals (short and long term)
Marble Jar is an application addressed to parents who want to raise responsible kids who develop good habits. How to use it? Just think of a goal, set up a jar and track the progress with the marbles.
The app proposes two ways of using it: firstly for short-term goals like checklists and unlocking a privilege (camping trip, later bedtime) once they've achieved it. Secondly, it's also possible to use it for long-term goals related to personal development, such as being nicer and selfless. Each time they do an action well (for example: preparing her room) a marble is earned and once the jar is full they can unlock the privilege.
This is definitely a good idea for parents and kids to decide together and set some goals, an easier way to visualize the progress and a great way of encouraging them to do their homework, be more patient or even share their toys. They can learn about constant work and being persistent about what they do.
The design and graphics are really well done and once you learn what it's about it's fairly easy to create the jars, set the number of marbles and start using them. winwin LLC is the developer of Marble Jar, their only app for the moment. Given the good idea and development, they could really try to create another similar app for kids, as they're pretty popular at the moment.
Listed top 10 parenting app by parents.com in October.
Marble Jar is a little app with a big purpose. Raising responsible, competent kids is every parent's wish and with Marble Jar, it doesn't have to be a struggle. Big goals break down into small steps that kids enjoy practicing. Choose a goal, set up a jar (or jars), and track your progress with marbles. Celebrate together when the jar is full!
WAYS TO USE IT:
1. Short-term benefits like checklists
(getting out of the house in the morning) or
unlocking a privilege (earning a camping
trip, later bedtime, or cell phone).
2. Long-term benefits like personal
improvement (becoming a better friend,
caring for the environment, etc.).
Inspired by Parenting On Track™ and
based on the fun family game of
collecting marbles for
family accomplishments, marble jar
is super easy to use, and has immediate celebration.
Marbles represent the actions your
family takes to achieve their goal. For each action you can slide the marble slider to determine how many marbles your kid can earn. When practicing for a sleepover, you might want your daughter to go to bed calmly 10 times, include her brother 3 times, and prepare her room once. Marble jar will create a 15 marble jar for you, and you can both enjoy her sleepover when she is through!
IT’S EASY! DECIDE TOGETHER:
> What do we call our jar?
> What’s our goal?
> What/how many individual
actions (marbles) should it take
to reach our goal?
Create as many jars as you like –
then keep track together!
HELPS IN THE LONG RUN, TOO
The tangible incentive your kids are
working toward may be a video game,
but the long-term, natural consequence
could be that they learn to cooperate,
save money, play outside, respect
others’ property, etc.
BE A BETTER PARENT
We want to help families improve. Parents
and kids can use our fun, versatile app
together, and open the door for families to
discuss what they want to get better at and
what they’d like to achieve. This may be
something tangible like a cell phone or a
camping trip, or it may involve larger issues
like what it means to be a good friend or
how we take care of our planet.
NOT JUST FOR KIDS!
Use marble jar to keep yourself on
track, too. Jars can be built for
household tasks, saving for vacations,
measuring your carbon footprint,
sticking to a diet, committing to
more quiet time, you name it. It’s
fun and functional for kids and adults alike!
Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Anna Grace.
Sticky...glitches...freezes. Crap and deleting No use when its frustrating an artistic child
Really simple and fun way to incentivize my kids (and helps me remember promises)
Great for my 1st grader
This really helps my kid (very visual learner) with his behavior and our interactions.