We just played in a soccer game where the weather was actually warm. It was sticky and we quickly emptied our water bottles. As the weather heats up our kids will naturally be playing more and
whining asking for drinks. Seize this opportunity of rising temperatures to transition away from sugary drinks. Icy cold water is satisfying to ANY kid who’s been running around playing cops and robbers.
Here’s a quick lesson you can use for your kids at home or in a classroom setting. Hydration is extremely important, especially in summer months. Gently convince them that water is awesome sauce, I mean, essential, with this awesome visual.
Supplies: 2 Plants (Grow your own, Buy in the gardening section of any big box store, or at a local greenhouse.)
Directions: Take your two plants and take care of one and ignore the other one. (I used two tomato plants.) I let one dry out for a few days, but it wasn’t quite pathetic enough. I zapped it in the microwave for literally 2 seconds. Those two seconds were adequate to turn the plant into a pathetic, limp tomato plant.
Discussion: Explain that one plant has been watered and one hasn’t. Have a short dialogue where the kids guess how water benefits different body functions, like skin, eyes, digestion, etc. This short article from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is awesome.
Teach that water is the cornerstone for every function of our body. Skin. Brain. Kidneys. You name it. For example:
- It helps regulate body temperature
- Transports nutrients and oxygen to all cells and carries waste products away
- Maintains blood volume
- Helps lubricate joints and body tissues, like your mouth, eyes, and nose (Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)
Wrap Up: Discuss with the kids strategies for drinking water throughout the day. Help them think of something specific they can do or you can do as a family. You can also mention that we can get water from eating fruits and veggies, too. For example:
- Try adding sliced lemons, limes, oranges, cucumbers, or mint to your water. Find a flavor you like the best.
- Take a water bottle with you to the park.
- Leave a pitcher out on the counter during the day.
- Locate the drinking fountains at your favorite parks or other public spaces.
Allow your crew to touch both plants and make their own observations. Follow up with your strategies.
Need more help converting your family to water lovers? I’ve got you covered, Mama!
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