Cup Coolers


Children will personalize cup coolers and be reminded to drink water when they are thirsty.


  • Foam cup holders - one for each child
  • Various craft supplies: craft foam shapes, beads, scrap material, markers, etc.
  • Glue
  • Small water bottles


  1. Introduce the activity by telling children that they will be making their own cup coolers! Tell them that it is important to drink water when they get thirsty.
  2. Distribute foam cup holders and have craft supplies available for children to share.
  3. Write names on the bottom of the cup holders in permanent marker before you start. Children may also write their names in decorative fashion on the holders.
  4. Encourage children to be creative and decorate the cup holders in a way that defines them.
  5. Allow glue to fully dry before using. Give each child a water bottle or cup to place in the cup holder.
  6. Tell children that it is important to drink water throughout the day, and especially when they play, to stay cool and hydrated.

Extenstion Activities

  • Instead of cup holders, decorate styrofoam or plastic cups instead!
  • Have children decorate their cup holders with beans, grains, dried fruits etc. and magazine cut outs of their favorite activities to help them remember to eat healthy and be active.