Two years ago I started my classroom reward system using loyalty punch cards from Vista Print.
The system has worked really well and the kids are really into getting their next "Punch"
A few punching facts/tips:
The items on the card are only suggestions on how kids can get punches.
Sometimes in class I will say things like, "For a punch, who can tell me...."and give punches on the fly.
Students are responsible for their punch cards. If they don't have their card, they don't get a punch. IOUs are too hard to keep up with. It's a good lesson in responsibility for the kids.
Some days I make someone my "Puncher" and they are in charge of punching people's cards during class. This has worked great and kids have not (so far) abused the position.
If you are going to do a punch card system invest in some hole punches of various shapes...and rotate the order that you use these shapes also. I don't have to tell you that kids can be sneaky!
Amazon link: 3 different shapes
One of my favorite things to do is have kids get punches for completing classroom jobs.
Because all the schools I have been at have bus waves at the end of the day, I always had 20 minutes of time to kill. I decided to fill that time with a classroom job system.
I place jobs that need to be completed each day on the board and if kids want to complete them they take the one they will do off the board. When the job is complete they get a punch.
Once kids get their punch cards filled in they turn them in for a chance to go in the prize box.
I got my box from Target and I think it is pretty cute...so do my dogs.
I have filled the box with items from the Dollar Tree and sales from Wal Mart (especially after holidays). Last summer I even ordered some free samples from places and got to include some make up, and gourmet candy, which was fun.