Rethink Your Child’s Drink with These 10 Fun Activities

Child drinking water

Did you know drinking sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, sports drinks, and some coffees is associated with weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, and more? Limiting sugary drinks—or drinking zero sugary drinks and choosing water instead—can help your child maintain a healthy diet and body weight.

Remind your child why rethinking their drink and choosing water or low-fat milk is a healthier option. Or, even better, make learning about healthy drink choices fun! Give one of these ‘rethink your drink’ games and activities a try.

  1. Make Your Own Sugar Bottle Display
    Discover how much sugar is in some of the most popular drinks—you’ll be surprised. Conduct your own DIY sugar bottle experiment at home. Find the instructions here.
  2. Fill Out the Sugar Content Worksheet
    How much sugar do you drink? Most people underestimate the amount of added sugar in their drinks. Before you and your child take a sip, use this worksheet to determine your drink’s sugar content.
  3. Take the ‘Rethink Your Drink’ Pledge
    Do you and your child pledge to make healthier choices by saying “No thanks!” to sugary drinks and “Yes please!” to water and low-fat milk instead? Sign this certificate together and hang it on your fridge as a daily reminder to make healthy drink choices.
  4. Play the Happy Face Game
    The Happy Face Game will help your child learn which drinks are lower in sugar or sugar-free. Remember: there’s always a healthier choice.
  5. Become a Sweet Detective
    Ready for some detective work? Teach your child about the ingredients added to sugary drinks to make them taste sweet, then look carefully at some drink labels in your home to spot the sugary drinks. Get started.
  6. Read “Potter the Otter”
    Potter the otter loves to drink water, and he wants your child to love to drink water, too. Join him on his tale about water and teach your kids about healthy vs. unhealthy drinks. Download or read the story online.
  7. Create Your Own Water Bar
    If your child struggles with the taste of water and craves more flavor, give this water bar a go. Your child will enjoy creating their own special water drink by adding healthy, fresh ingredients like cucumbers, lemons, limes, mint, and fruit. Let them discover their perfect healthy concoction.
  8. Download the Tummyfish App
    Created by Nestlé for Healthier Kids, the Tummyfish app is a playful way to encourage kids to drink more water. Tummyfish is a viral, animated character that teaches kids the benefits of drinking water. They’ll learn good drinking habits with special rewards and games. Find it now in the App Store.
  9. Buy a Gululu Interactive Bottle
    This high-tech water bottle has a screen, home button, touch sensors, Wi-Fi, and wireless charging capabilities to remind your child to drink more water. The viral pets “living” inside the bottle grow, evolve, and collect rewards as your child drinks more water. Check it out.
  10. Start a Family Water Drinking Challenge
    Want to stay healthy and hydrate together as a family? Challenge your family to a friendly water drinking competition. Use this example to mark down how much water your family is drinking daily and find out who wins with the most bottles by the end of the week. Good luck!

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