Helping Kids Stay Hydrated with a Cute Crafty Cup

by Marie on May 6, 2010

Guest Post by Allison of How Does She?

We are awe struck by all the things amazing women around us do. From balancing a healthy lifestyle, to throwing the perfect party, to implementing creative ideas with family. We always seem to be asking, “How Does She do this, or How Does She do that?” While none of us is perfect, we all seem to be striving to become better.

We are featuring Marie over on HowDoesShe? today because she has answered the How Does She?… question!

So…on with the post! An easy fix to a hard question! How Does She get her kids to drink more water?

“Mom, can I have Orange Juice, milk, apple juice, Capri sun, or Kool- aid?” Ask my kids.

“How about pure, fresh, clean, refreshing water?” I reply with a wonderful smile on my face.

“How about chocolate milk?” They reply.

This is the never ending conversation during the warm summer months at our house! Most kids know that water is pure, fresh and healthy, but how do you convince them that it is good? how to get your kids to drink more water

They’ve got fun squishy colorful bottles of liquid sugar screaming for their attention at every soccer game, grocery store and…grandma’s house! So high fructrose corn syrup…we are going to take you down and win the battle to increase our water intake!

YeA! for water. YeA! for ice. YeA! for making drinking water fun. By starting with the boring cup it’s in.

how to get your kids to drink more water

I ran to the dollar store and went to their wedding section. They had a 5 pack of elevated water cups for…a buck! Plastic! They had champagne glasses and wine glasses, but I’m dealing with young kids. The taller the glass the more likely it will get spilled.

how to get your kids to drink more water

I also grabbed some foam shapes. My daughter was with me and she wanted the flowers. It’s a good thing my boy is only 2 and doesn’t care, but they had some fun soccer balls and some squares so you could make your own shape.

how to get your kids to drink more water

Fold in half and cut about 1.5 inches

how to get your kids to drink more water

Fold the other way and cut another 1.5 inches

how to get your kids to drink more water

It should look similar to this…

how to get your kid to drink more water

Insert the bottom of the plastic cup into the slits

how to get your kid to drink more water

Decorate. I even made one for me:) MOM=WOW!

how to get your kid to drink more water

My little guy is trying to get the cup into the flower. He is trying so hard! He just woke up from a nap so he has total bed head, but it was fun to watch him think and solve the problem of getting the cup into the slits!

how to get your kid to drink more water

Tada! Take that…fancy drink pouches.

“This looks funner to drink out of .” Direct quote from my 5 year old!

how to get your kid to drink more water

Here is the proof that it worked from a toddler who will never drink water…ever! My 9 year old is convinced that the water does taste ‘sweeter’ out of these glasses!

Yea for warm weather and for getting my kids to drink more water!

How Does SheShelley, Missy and Alison are the gals behind, HowDoesShe.com. It is a blog focused on finding an answer to the question, HowDoesShe…? Between the 3 of us over at How Does She?, we have 11 children! Our inspiration for the blog comes from our families as well as other families. We try to find ways to make life run a little smoother…and more fun! We are forever seeking ways to celebrate the joyful moments in families that are remembered forever.

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