At my house, it seems like a never ending story: the kids are thirsty, so they get a cup out of our cup-drawer (down where little hands can reach), fill it with water, take a drink, and leave their cup either on the counter or the table. Then they get thirsty again, take a new cup, get a drink of water, and put that cup somewhere (usually on the table or on the counter). It's as if the thought of reusing the same cup is foreign to them. By the end of the day, we've stacked up a bunch of cups on the kitchen counter.
Recently, I came across a great solution here:
- Buy each child a reusable water bottle (you can find them at Wal-Mart, or wherever you shop) for around a dollar
- Every day, fill it with water and place it on the table (this could be a child's chore)
- The kids drink from their water bottle whenever they are thirsty--no more dirtying unnecessary cups
(Linked with Works for Me Wednesday)