I’ve been an absolute rockstar at drinking water lately. I’m always going through water bottle after water bottle and have actually been pretty proud of myself with this. I used to be horrible at drinking water throughout the day and by the time dinner time rolled around, I would realize that I had barely drank any water at all that day! I’ve certainly made some improvements, that’s for sure!
I got to thinking just the other day, though. I wonder how much water Alea drinks throughout her day? I send her to school with a filled water bottle, but how much of that is actually consumed throughout the day? Gone are the days where she carries a sippy cup all over the house and as far as meal times go, she usually requests milk! I hate to admit it, but it didn’t take much for me to realize that Alea is not getting in an adequate amount of H2O. And I know I’m not the only parent who struggles with this. According to a recent survey* by Nestlé® Pure Life® between water, milk, juice, and soda, moms say water makes up 67% of their daily beverage intake, but it makes up only 48% of their kids. It’s an eye-opener, isn’t it?
In order to teach her the importance of staying hydrated with water, I thought it would be fun to incorporate a craft. If there’s anyway to teach my child, it’s through a hands-on activity and crafts are definitely the way to her sweet little heart!
In order to save up bottle caps for her caterpillar craft, we had to make sure to drink lots and lots of water. This immediately enforced the importance of drinking water through an incentive and Alea was all about it!
Caps from 5 Nestle® Pure Life® water bottles
1 pipe cleaner
Rectangle cut out from posterboard/cardstock paper
Stick-on Letters (optional)
Hot Glue Gun
(We got all of our materials on a quick Walmart run!)
Use the hot glue gun to adhere the bottle caps to the posterboard or cardstock paper in a messy row to form the caterpillar.
Add pipe cleaner antennae using the hot glue gun.
Have a spelling lesson with the stick-on letters if you choose to.
Add eyes and smiley face with the Sharpie.
Have your little one use their markers to create a scene for their caterpillar friend!
While working on our caterpillar craft, it opened up the perfect time for conversation regarding hydration and preventing dehydration in a way Alea would understand. I described to her that a large part of our bodies are made up of water and if we don’t hydrate our bodies with water, we just don’t feel well! There are lots of other ways you can start the conversation and help your little ones to understand the importance of adequate hydration! Here are some great ideas from Robin Plotkin on how to do this!
How to Get Your Kid to Drink More Water:
1. Lead by example. Each time Mom or Dad goes for a drink of water, ask your children if they’d like a drink of water, too. Soon, it will be the kids asking the parents if they’d like to join them for a water break.
2. Drink a cup when you wake up. Create a routine that involves drinking 1 cup of water upon waking. Simply leave a supply of disposable paper cups near the sink. Much like washing the face and brushing teeth, this will quickly become a regular part of the morning for each family member.
3.Together with your child, set a water intake goal. Create a chart or a graph (or log it online) and help them meet their goals with frequent reminders throughout the day. If goals are met, reward with a water-centric item such as a personalized water bottle or a novelty straw.
4. Have cups, straws, lids and other drinking “equipment” available to provide to your kids to make drinking water more fun. Empower them to fill their own cups of water-and praise them when they do.
To help your family Drink Up and be a part of the Ripple Effect – a movement to keep kids hydrated – visit pureliferippleeffect.com and share your tips for healthy hydration using #pureliferippleeffect. You can also follow Nestle® Pure Life® on Facebook for more information! Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year at over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country through After-School All-Stars. The program, After-School All Stars strives to keep children safe and The Ripple Effect movement strives to keep kids hydrated! The perfect combination if you ask me!
How do you keep your kids hydrated?
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*Online survey conducted in June 2015 of 1,077 moms of kids ages 6-12 overall, including 254 Hispanic moms of kids ages 6-12. 1,077 kids ages 6-12 from the same household were also surveyed, including 254 Hispanic kids ages 6-12. © 2015 Nestlé® Waters North America Inc.
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