Venture Reward Approved Items

The following is a list of what items are and are not eligible to be purchased with Venture Reward funds, so you can plan accordingly.

Approved

  • Typical school supplies, such as paper, pencils, staplers, zippered binders, notebooks
  • Expandable file folders
  • Dry-erase board, chalkboards, erasers, markers
  • Art supplies such as paint, brushes, easels, canvas
  • Science supplies (non-edible), microscopes, beakers, specimen cups
  • Office supplies (no furniture or organizational items)
  • Stationary, stamps, ink, calligraphy sets
  • Stickers, sticker books, reward/motivational bin items
  • Desk partitions (IEP approval needed)
  • Chair risers, foot risers to help the body stay at a 90-degree angle, computer riser
  • Thermal laminator, label maker (not for shipping labels)
  • Printer, printer cartridges, binding machine
  • Textbooks, workbooks, curriculum above and below grade level (no religious material)
  • Digital books (Kindle Unlimited, Audible subscription)
  • Books, Usborne books (Venture rep only)

Non-Approved

  • Desks, lap tables, floor mats, office furniture, wobble chairs
  • Organizational items such as bins, totes, zippered bags, cases, desktop organizers
  • Laptop bags backpacks, bookbags
  • Lunchbox, water bottles
  • Blue light-blocking glasses
  • File cabinets, file boxes, safes, file organizers
  • Paper shredder
  • Marriage books, books for adult self-help, Lamplighter books (religious content)

Approved

  • Balls including football, baseballs, soccer balls, etc
  • Ninja slackline
  • Basketball hoop, indoor use only
  • Sports equipment, such as baseball gloves, boxing gloves, volleyball knee pads
  • Swim goggles, ski goggles
  • Tennis rackets, soccer goals, rebounders, nets, hockey sticks
  • Yard games, such as giant Connect 4, ladder ball, 9 Square, Bocci ball
  • Golf putting green/clubs
  • Snowshoes (Not MN)
  • Spikeball
  • Inflatable paddle boards (Not MN)
  • Night vision goggles

Non-Approved

  • Full-size basketball hoop with stand, full-size volleyball nets
  • Roller blades, roller skates, ice skates
  • Bicycles, skateboards, pull-behind carts, hoverboards, scooters, Razors
  • Archery or ax-throwing items, including targets
  • Rodeo rope, horse tack
  • Hard paddle boards
  • Bike helmets, soccer cleats, ballet shoes, ballet tights, dance leotards
  • Ziplines
  • Laser tag
  • Ping pong, air hockey, pool table, foosball table
  • Fishing gear
  • Snowshoes (MN)
  • Skis, sleds, snowboards
  • Snorkel gear
  • Slides, stair slides
  • Swimming pool
  • Hammocks
  • Camel bags/hydration bladder bags
  • Walkie-talkies, flashlights, lanterns, headlamps, camping supplies
  • Tarps, ropes, pulleys
  • Bounce houses, inflatable slides, river rafts, canoes, life jackets
  • Water balloons, reusable water balloons

Approved

  • Punching bag with stand
  • Gymnastics equipment
  • Yoga mats, resistance bands, balance balls
  • Dumbbells, weightlifting bars
  • Indoor bike clip to make bike stationary
  • Small climbing dome-not commercially priced. Must be able to be disassembled.
  • Fitness programs online, or DVDs
  • Indoor exercise trampoline
  • Fitness tracker, Fitbit watch (no phone capabilities)

Non-Approved

  • Gym memberships
  • Treadmill, large exercise equipment
  • Body vibration machines

Approved

  • Sewing machine, sewing accessories, fabric (limited amounts), yarn, thread, etc.
  • Cricut Cutter (no storage case), vinyl, cutting tools
  • Wood burning kit, wood carving kits (no pocket knives)
  • Soap-making kit (youth-sized, not for resale)
  • Candle-making kit (youth-sized, not for resale)
  • Forge (approval needed first)
  • Hair mannequin for cosmetology
  • Youth jewelry kits (small, not for resale), paracord bracelet kits
  • Gardening supplies, raised beds, mushroom kit, bonsai tree kit
  • Fertilizer, grow lights, peat pots, sheers, hydroponic setup for science
  • Limited amount of seeds for science
  • Propagation kit
  • Kitchen specialty items (flan pan, cake board, molds, piping kit)
  • Makedo safety tools
  • Frames for storing art (not MN)

Non-Approved

  • Jewelry-making supplies for resale
  • Candle-making supplies for resale
  • Bird feeders, birdseed
  • Training items for pets ie hoops for dogs, leashes, bark collars
  • Stamps, stamp collecting
  • Memorabilia (autographed baseballs, pokemon collector cards, etc)
  • Beekeeping suit
  • Heat press for vinyl, shirt making, etc.
  • Rug tufting kit
  • Containers for making chapstick, perfume, essential oils, tinctures, etc.
  • Gardening composter, greenhouse with shelving
  • Frames for storing art (MN)
  • Plastic table protectors, tablecloths, floor protectors
  • Food coloring
  • Laser engraving items

Approved

  • Musical instruments ($400 per instrument max)
  • Keyboard, with or without stand
  • CD players, record players, karaoke machines, Bluetooth speakers
  • Drum pads, violin strings, repair kits for instruments

Non-Approved

  • Large musical instruments over $400
  • Full-size piano

Approved

  • Computers, keyboards, tablets
  • Stands for keyboards, tablets
  • Hard protective attachable cases for tablets (No bags, soft cases)
  • DVD players, printers
  • Virtual reality goggles/Oculus console (1 per student)
  • Memory sticks, USB ports, RAM, external hard drive, computer accessories
  • Stylus
  • Tablet chargers, portable battery chargers (no cell phone chargers)
  • Headphones, headband earphones, iPads
  • Router, Wifi extender
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Yoto Players, Tonies
  • Timers, alarm clocks
  • Digital cameras ($400 max), accessories, instant cameras/film
  • Go Pro
  • Educational games (Osmo, LeapFrog)
  • Batteries (limited amount in MN)

Non-Approved

  • Cell phone chargers
  • Echo Dot, Echo Show with Alexa
  • Laptop bags, soft cases
  • Trail cameras
  • Alarms (home security, door cameras, exterior lighting, doorbells)
  • Gaming consoles/gaming accessories
  • Arcade games
  • Skylight digital calendar
  • Garmin GPS handheld devices
  • Animal sheers, clippers
  • Cell phones, cell phone accessories
  • Air tag, Air tag cases
  • AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)

Approved

  • Telescope
  • Blood typing kit, DNA kit
  • Play cash register
  • Ant farm, butterfly kit, insect finding tools
  • Legos, Lincoln logs, Magnatiles
  • Board games, puzzles, fidget toys, sensory materials, slinky, sensory swing
  • Straw building/Tubelox building
  • Drones, remote control planes, coding robots, STEAM items
  • Yoto player/Yoto books
  • Incubator
  • Metal detector (not MN)
  • Range finder, distance measuring scope
  • Educational DVDs, Magic Tree House DVDs, and educational shows only
  • CPR mannequin, CPR assimilation device, Pseudo Narcan/Epinephrine

Non-Approved

  • Religious-based games, puzzles
  • Metal detector (MN)
  • Nuggets couch, fort building materials, bean bag chairs
  • Hot Wheels tracks, toys, figurines, imaginative play (barns, doll houses)
  • Bubble makers, bubbles (small amount ok for science)
  • Stethoscope, ear scope, medical supplies
  • Interlocking floor mats
  • Piggy banks

Approved

  • Subscription boxes ie. Little Passports, Raddish Kids, Universal Yums
  • Mostly anything that offers a NON-renewing gift subscription or one time payment
  • 3rd party providers (Not MN) for piano lessons, guitar classes, dance, karate, tutoring
  • 3rd party provider (MN) only if the same class is also offered online
  • Outschool (Please provide student’s age for registration in notes)
  • Museum passes, zoo passes
  • Drivers Ed classes for high school students (Not MN)
  • Get Out Pass
  • Fees for standardized testing
  • Educational magazine (National Geo, Highlights, etc.) gift subscriptions only
  • Audible, Kindle Unlimited, Rosetta Stone, Duo Lingo, Yousician (gifting option), Crunch labs, Wild life box, Letters from Afar, Playground Sessions, Cooper and Kid, Read Aloud Revival, Art for Kids
  • Swimming lessons (Not MN)

Non-Approved

  • Amusement park passes, movie theater tickets, water park passes
  • Raising Real Men Crate Subscription (Religious content)
  • Apple Store apps or any apps that have to be downloaded directly to your computer
  • Apps or subscriptions that link through parent’s account (gift subscriptions only)
  • Any website/subscription/app that keeps our card on file inside of parent account and renews (gift subscriptions only)
  • Swimming lessons (MN)
  • Beach Body on Demand, Nomadic Outdoor Gear, Brain Pop, Shutterfly, Print books, Calico spanish, Night Zoo Keeper, Yoto Club, TTRS, Brickloot, Simply Piano, Hooked on Phonics, Allecus Academy, Miaacademy

Approved

  • International shipping costs

Non-Approved

  • Barnes and Noble retailer
  • Clothing, shoes of any kind (no soccer cleats, ballet shoes, aprons for cooking)
  • Furniture of any kind
  • Appliances
  • Household items, soap dispensers, cleaning supplies, paper plates
  • Hazardous materials (caustic liquids, weapons, lighters, knives, axes)
  • Food and grocery items, measuring cups, and any kitchen item that is commonly used
  • Gift cards, gift certificates
  • Easy Bake Oven, Kitchen Aid mixers
  • Homeschool planners for parents (MN), student planners, calendars ok
  • Personalized, customized items with names on them