There are simple things that can be done to get children to think about drinking water more often.
Water in the spotlight
Water is the best way to stay hydrated. It is freely available and perfectly meets our body’s needs for liquid. Not everyone likes its pure, refreshing taste, but there are endless ways to jazz it up. The only limit t is your imagination!
You can learn to love water!
If plain water is not your cup of tea
Flavouring the water can offer an interesting alternative to vary the pleasures. There are a variety of flavours to try at home that are tasty and healthy for your body and teeth.
Flavored water recipe
For 2 cups of water (500 ml), add 1/2 cup (125 ml) of fruit pieces. Fruit can be fresh or frozen. The addition of herbs is optional.
- In most cases (with the exception of strawberries and bananas), the fruit remains tasty and can be eaten afterwards. No waste!
- Avoid commercially flavored waters, as well as liquid or powdered flavors to add to your water. Not only are they often sweetened, they are also acidic and can cause dental erosion.
- Limit the addition of citrus fruits (lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit), since they can also affect dental health.
Download our tools to value water at home
Water is the healthiest of beverages, but it is rarely the first choice of children, who prefer sweetened and flavoured drinks. You can help your children appreciate it more and develop the reflex to choose it more often when they are thirsty.
A water-friendly home
Some ideas to drink more water
Use these ideas to develop a taste for water in your family and consider drinking more of it.
Our Challenges to value water
Each year, our fun and educational Challenges reach thousands of children in their communities. During these challenges, children are invited to accompany their lunch with water, do educational activities and drink together to value water.
Tchin-tchin Challenge and Mr. FunWater Challenge
For the Canada Water Week, the third week of March, elementary schools highlight the importance of drinking water with the Tchin-tchin Challenge. Daycares and CPE do the same with the Mr. FunWater Challenge, a version adapted for young children.
Tchin-tchin Challenge in my camp
During the second week of July, young campers are invited to take up the Tchin-tchin Challenge in my camp with their counselors. Like the school challenge of the same name, it aims to promote healthy hydration by encouraging, normalizing and valuing water consumption among young people throughout the day.
How can my child participate?
Invite your child’s daycare, school or camp to discover the Challenge and all the other resources available :
- For the Tchin-tchin Challenge in schools
- For the Mr. FunWater Challenge in daycares
- For the Tchin-tchin Challenge in my camp
Your child eats lunch at home?
You can easily participate! During the Water Week, serve the entire family water at the beginning of your meals and participate in the Tchin-tchin together. This simple festive gesture is meant to promote the value of water consumption at mealtimes. At the end of the Challenge, reward your child with a personalized participation certificate.
Free water at your fingertips!
When you are away from home it’s not always easy to find water to quench your thirst. To help you find places where you can access free drinking water while you’re out and about, check out the maps below.