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Now that the school year is under way and we are packing lunch boxes for our kiddos it is our responsibility to make sure that they not only get a healthy lunch, but they are also drinking plenty of water! Today I wanted to share with you all some tips on Keeping Kids Hydrated in School + Free Printable to make drinking water fun for your kids!
Keeping Kids Hydrated in School + Free Printable
One of the ways that I get my girls to drink more water throughout the day is making it fun for them adding stickers, labels, and cute little notes. I’m not the only one who does this, either! In a survey recently conducted by Nestlé® Pure Life® 29% of moms surveyed say that “fun tactics” would get their kids to drink more water. What’s a fun tactic? Try storing a disposable cup or water bottle on a low shelf or in the side door of the refrigerator and label it with your child’s initial. Or, use a favorite character sticker or trinket or even designate a special space in the fridge just for your child’s water!
I want to make sure they drink more during the day, especially when my oldest attends school. I can’t be with her in the classroom. Living in Florida I know how hot the weather gets throughout the day. I always want to make sure that when she is finished playing outside she has a nice cold water bottle in her lunchbox.
I purchase our Nestlé® Pure Life® Water at our local Walmart store in large quantities to always make sure that I have a bottle to send to school or even if we decide to do a homeschooling lesson at our local park.
A healthy snack also helps when encouraging our children to make better choices when eating and hydrating themselves. In their survey* Nestlé® Pure Life® found that kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to frequently exhibit healthy habits, such as getting their own water when thirsty, eating their fruits and vegetables at mealtimes without reminders, and requesting healthy food and beverage options for school lunches.
Below is one of my daughters favorite lunches. Plus, I always add a bottle of Nestlé® Pure Life® Water on the bottom of her lunchbox with an ice pack to keep cold and a reminder note to drink her water. Another interesting fact that the survey* found was that Hispanic moms are 18% more likely to remind their children to drink water (59%) than non-Hispanic moms (50%).
This lunch is very simple and doesn’t take much prep work to get done, but my daughter loves it and always eats everything in her lunch box!
- Half a banana
- 2 small chocolate chips
- 2 Pretzels
- Nestlé® Pure Life® Water
- Fun water bottle labels
Using a fun small seasonal cookie cutter, cut out fun shaped tortillas. Bake in the oven on 350 degrees until they are golden brown. About 3-4 minutes on each side. They make the perfect chips to dip in your hummus!
Using the same cookie cutter cut out the middle of your apples to imprint fun seasonal shapes. My daughter is not a huge fruit eater, but when I do this she eats them all up!
Another way to make fruit fun is creating animals or objects. She loves butterflies so I created a butterfly using some of her favorite ingredients. Pretzels and chocolate! Simply cut a banana in half, add a pretzel on each side, add two chocolate chips for eyes, and two pieces of your leftover apples as antennas! This is one of her favorites!
My favorite way to remind her of drinking water is adding a little note right around the water bottle itself! Reminding our kids in a fun way to do something will end up being received in a positive way, rather than constantly reminding them to do so. This creates the same effect, but in a much more positive and fun way!
I have create some Fun Water Bottle Label Printables for you to share with your kiddos whether they are going to school, a field trip, or just to the park! Make sure to print out one of these labels, cut out, and wrap around the bottle taping it together on the back!
I just shared my favorite tips for getting my girls to drink water with you. Now here are some tips for hydration straight from Robin Plotkin, culinary and nutrition expert:
- Checking your child’s urine color is a simple way to gauge whether or not enough he/she is getting enough fluid each day. When well hydrated, urine should be straw or lemonade color. If the urine is dark yellow, encourage additional water intake.
- Talk as a family about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to eating a well balanced diet and getting regular exercise, discuss drinking water and getting enough sleep as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. The recent survey found that kids who drink 4+ glasses of water per day are more likely to exhibit healthy habits, such as getting their own water when they are thirsty or eating their fruit and vegetables at mealtimes without reminders.
- 48% of moms do not regularly remind their child to drink water, so change that and 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.
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. As a proud supporter of the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up initiative, Nestlé® Pure Life® is committed to helping families make healthier choices, starting with hydration.
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.
Make sure to follow Nestlé® Pure Life® Water on Facebook for more information about The Ripple Effect and how to keep yourself and your family hydrated!
Just like we forget to drink water at times our kids get so busy with school work, friends, and games that they also forget. Remind them once in awhile, make it fun, and make it memorable so that eventually it becomes part of their lifestyle!
What fun ways do you get your children to drink more water?
*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.