Water is the healthiest drink out there. It quenches thirst without adding unnecessary sugar and chemicals to your children’s body. It’s cheaper and always available, but how to get your kids to drink water, if they prefer sweeter or flavoured options?
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Luckily, Amy prefers water over anything else, but for those not so lucky, why not try it with a little bit of bribery? I’ve created a cute little reward chart that tracks the water intake of your child and allows them to record how much water they drink every day.
For children between 3 and 8 a fluid intake of 1 litre a day is recommended, so five 200ml cups a day will be enough to keep them hydrated for the day. Based on that, I have created the reward chart below. It shows 35 rain drops for the entire weeks, e.g. 5 rain drops for each day of the week.
Print the chart off, laminate it (if you like) and let your children track their water intake with a sticker on each rain drop or a tick with a wipeable pen. Agree on a reward for milestones reached and watch them up their water intake in a fun and playful way. Water cups with their favourite characters or fun straws can be an additional motivation for them to drink water.
Do your kids drink water or do you struggle to get them interested in it? Have you got tips on how to get them to drink water or more water?