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Making Time: 5-8 minutes | By: Gavin Cosgrave

Make a Table-top Token Economy

In this tutorial we will go through the process of making a table-top token economy like the one in the picture below. They are very easy to make and can be done in about 5 minutes.

The template needed for this tutorial can be downloaded from the Tokens and Token Mat section on our free materials page.

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Just one example of a table-top token economy you can make.


What you will need to buy

  1. 200 gram paper - €1.29
  2. Double velcro - €3.99 of which we used €1 worth

What you (might) already have

  1. A scissors
  2. One standard A4 page (printer paper)
  3. Sellotape

Step 1.

Download the token economy templates from the free materials section of our website and print off the one you want on the coloured 200gram paper.

Printed token economy template.
Step 1: Print off your chosen token economy template.


Step 2.

Bend the two outer edges that are marked "fold along this line". It might be helpful to use the edge of a table as a guide when creating the folds.

Using a table to bend the outer edges of the printed token economy.
Step 2: Using a table to bend the edges of the printed token economy.


Step 3.

When creating the folds just make sure that they go down as shown below.

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Step 3: Make sure that the folds go the right way - they should look like this.


Step 4.

Now fold along the middle guideline. Again it might be useful to use the edge of a table to do this.

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Step 4: Fold along the middle guideline.


Step 5.

Take your A4 page (standard printer paper) and fold it over on itself twice. This will create a thinner piece (as on the right) that will form the base of the token economy mat. It might be useful to sellotape it together.

Folding over the A4 page to create a thinner piece.
Step 5: Fold your A4 page over twice.


Step 6.

Take your folded A4 page and sellotape it to the two folded tabs at the bottom of the token mat. This creates the stable base for the token mat.

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Step 6: Sellotape the folded A4 page to the bottom of the token mat to create the base.


Step 7.

Stand up the token mat to make sure it is flat and level.

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Step 7: Stand up the token economy now to check that it is level.


Step 8.

Make sure the Velcro you stick onto the token mat is the rough-hard Velcro and not the soft portion - the soft Velcro is typically stuck to the tokens and back-up reinforcer pictures themselves. We have placed small faded squares at the centre of each token space to allow you to align your Velcro.

Token economy with the velcro attached.
Step 8: Using the centre point guides place the velcro on each square.


Alternate Method.

Instead of printing and creating a token economy for different token amounts it might be easier to print our alternate versions where you create just one table-top token mat and velcro different flat token mats to the front of it as in the image below.

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Alternate Method: Creating just one table-top token economy and using velcro to change the token amount might be more useful.



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