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For us in Southern California, summer never really ends. Although the kids have gone back to school, the temperature around here is still in the upper 90's. That means the weekdays are for school and the weekends can still be spent at the beach. The only thing about being busy during the hot temperatures is trying to maintain our hydration. I am always on my girls about drinking their water. That's why I love these small kid friendly bottles of
-- they are the perfect 8 oz bottle.
Today I am sharing two things. One is a list of 5 things you need for a fun beach day, and the other is a DIY water counter. This is a fun activity that my daughter learned to make in Girl Scouts using beads and ribbon. It's a great way to help your kids remember to drink water during the day.
It is really very simple, all you need is:
A piece of string or ribbon that is about 12 inches long
8 plastic beads
and a Safety Pin
The 8 beads represent the 8-8 ounces of water you should drink every day. To start, you tie one end of the strings closed and string the first bead. The next bead will be strung by putting one end of the ribbon through one hole and the other end of the ribbon through the other hole. This way, the string crosses to the other side, through the bead. Repeat the steps for all 8 beads and at the end, tie it closed and add a safety pin. Now you have an easy way for the kids to keep track of how much water they have drank. So, for example, every time your child drinks one of these 8 oz Nestlé® Pure Life® Water bottles, they will push a bead up away from the rest of the beads. With the safety pin, you can attach it to their clothes or backpack.
So now, onto my Top 5 things you need for a fun beach day! We visit the beach a lot throughout the year and I have learned how to be very efficient and kind of a pro when it comes to beach trips.
Here is all you need:
- Water- We usually pack a cooler with ice and plenty of Nestlé® Pure Life® Water. For me, when you are at the beach, there really is nothing better to drink. Nothing is quite as refreshing as water, especially when you are out in the heat.
- Snack- Fruit is the best snack for the beach. It is very filling and easy to eat without a lot of clean up. I like to cut a watermelon in half, empty and cut the contents and mix in other fruit. Now, there is no clean up and no trash that can fly away while at the beach. Not only is fruit satisfying, it is refreshing.
- Sunscreen- The sun's rays are not the healthiest for our skin, we all know that. I try to always have sunscreen on hand, especially if we are at the beach.
- Baby Powder- This is the best way to not go home with a ton of sand in your car. Just cover your kids in baby powder and rub away all the loose sand.
- Water counter- It's easy for kids to forget to drink water, especially when they are having fun on the beach. This way, every time they grab a bottle of water to drink, they can slide up one of their beads and make sure they are staying hydrated.
See, along with some towels and a shovel and bucket, you are set. I like when everything fits neatly in the cooler. It makes for the easiest clean up because when you get home, you can rinse it with the hose- which means less sand inside your house.
When I do my weekly grocery shopping at Walmart, I spend a lot of time in the snack aisles. I like to find new items to pack for my daughter's lunches. When it comes to buying beverages for their lunches, I always pack water. Even when they're at home, it's always water.
In a survey recently conducted by
, 29% of moms surveyed* say that "fun tactics" would get their kids to drink more water. Robin Plotkin recently shared her tips for making hydration fun for kids, such as labeling their bottle with your child's initials or favorite character. I think a water counter is also a fun way to keep your kids thinking about their hydration. I found it interesting that the recent survey found that water consumption is higher among both Hispanic moms and kids compared to non-Hispanic moms. Also according to the survey, Hispanic moms are more likely to push water drinking - Hispanic moms are 18% more likely to remind their children to drink water (59%) than non-Hispanic moms (50%).
We know now that establishing healthy habits in early childhood has lifelong benefits. We call this The Ripple Effect, and Nestlé is encouraging moms and their kids to reach for water first. When I grew up, water was not something we drank... at all. I am proud of the fact that I made this change for myself and my family. To ignite The Ripple Effect movement and encourage kids to get the water they need throughout their day, Nestlé® Pure Life® is providing water to kids this school year through After School All-Stars, an organization that strives to keep children safe and healthy through after school programming. Nestlé® Pure Life® has committed to provide nearly one million 8 ounce servings of water to kids this school year through After-School All-Stars. Information source - At over 20 participating schools in select markets across the country.
To help your family Drink Up and be a part of the Ripple Effect – a movement to keep kids hydrated – visit
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*We conducted our online survey 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.
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