Kids can be very picky and at times downright difficult when it comes to getting them to eat and drink something healthy. They would rather reach for a juice box than a glass of water. Water is important in everyone’s diet, especially growing children. But getting them to drink more water can be a tricky task. Try these creative tricks to get your child to drink more water.
Kid Friendly Methods To Make Water More Fun
Kids love straws, especially colorful, silly ones. Check out a party store near you for some creative designs that will add a bit of fun to drinking water.
Colored Ice Cubes
One thing is for certain: kids love colorful things! One way to get your kids more interested in drinking water is by adding colorful ice cubes. Add a few drops of food coloring to the water in an ice cube tray before freezing to create a fun excuse to drink a glass of water.
Adding a slice of lemon or lime can add a more kid-friendly flavor to a glass of water. In addition it makes their water look colorful and eye catching–two things that kids love.
Keep bottles of water on hand to provide easy access for small hands to get their own water. Giving kids the independence to serve themselves might encourage them to drink more water.
Kid Friendly Cups
Having a cup designed with your child’s favorite cartoon character or sports team might make getting a glass of water much more enjoyable.
Set an Example
Kids learn from examples, so if they see Mom or Dad drinking water frequently, they will be more likely to reach for water to quench their own thirst.
Chart Their progress
Kids love to earn rewards. Why not make drinking water a fun rewarding game? Make a chart showing how much water you would like them to drink on a daily basis, and each day as they drink the decided amount, they can earn one mark closer to reaching a reward. Set a reward after a week or a month.
Educate Your Kids on Water
If you teach your child what water does for their bodies, they may be more willing to help their body “work” better by giving it the “fuel” it needs.
When it comes to getting your kids to drink more water, it doesn’t have to be a fight. Try some of the methods above to get them interested in drinking water more frequently.
Guest post contributed by Victoria, for Glebe Dental Group. Victoria is a freelance writer. She enjoys writing about the basics of health and wellness.