If you need a way to teach your kids delayed gratification, raise your hand! Oh, look. That’s every single person. In America. You’re in luck because today’s activity is about that very thing.
To be prepared, you’ll need a bucket, marbles, and dimes (or quarters). The kids are going to learn to tolerate discomfort for a reward to come a little later. Fair warning: When we did this with our kids, our son was too young to manage picking up marbles with his toes, and he got very frustrated. It was more than the activity warranted, and we were losing him. So we let him use his fingers. The water was so cold, he still didn’t last forever, so it still made the point. You can always tweak these activities as needed, so if you need to change lanes on this one, that’s one way to go.
If your kids are old enough to really drive this point home, have them hang onto their dimes for several days or a week, or maybe until they’ve added to it in some way, and then take them to spend it. That will reiterate the idea of waiting on something you want. There’s nothing like the personal experience of wanting something, waiting for it, then getting it. You learn that you really can wait, and that sometimes you enjoy the reward more for the waiting.