DIY Infused Water Station

July 23, 2012

Playful Learning: DIY Infused Water Station

I have been spotting so many inspiring infused water and ice cube blog posts lately, that I decided to surprise the girls one morning with a DIY infused water station…

Playful Learning: DIY Infused Water Station

After purchasing these jars, these lids, and these straws—I set-up the following ingredients on our kitchen table in order to entice the girls…

  • Strawberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Mint

Then the fun began… They really enjoyed creating their fruity, herbal concoctions. After they had come up with a variety of delicious combinations, we put the lids on the jars and let them sit overnight in the refrigerator—well, we may have tried a few sips…

Playful Learning: DIY Infused Water Station

Then the next day we had them with our lunch and they were ABSOLUTELY delicious! What I love most about making the infused waters in advance, in the little (8 oz)  jars with lids, is that they were ready and accessible for the next couple of days. We served them on playdates, during meals, and anytime we were thirsty throughout the day. They were as handy and delicious as juice boxes—without the added sugar. Yay!

More Infused Goodness…


Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Cerys @ Rainy Day Mum said on July 23, 2012 #

    These sound delicious and so refreshing on a summer’s day.

    • mariah said on July 23, 2012 #

      Thanks Cerys! They are the perfect summer beverage…

  2. Laura said on July 23, 2012 #

    What a beautiful & refreshing summer drink!

    • mariah said on July 23, 2012 #

      Thanks Laura! The girls really enjoyed making them as well…

  3. Monique B said on July 23, 2012 #

    What a great way for kids to learn that there are delicious AND healthy drinks! We love infused water at our house. I’ll have to let my kids experiment with their own combinations as you did…

    • mariah said on July 23, 2012 #

      Hi Monique – We were all pleasantly surprised at just how delicious they were…

  4. ~ joey ~ said on July 23, 2012 #

    Oh! we are SOOO doing this today! :o)
    ~ joey ~

  5. Make and Play said on July 24, 2012 #

    Wow! This sounds and looks soooo refreshing!!! We should try it!
    By the way – I LOVE(!!!) your new blog-design! It is soooooo beautiful! And the photos are beautiful, too! 

    • mariah said on July 24, 2012 #

      Yes, these waters are worth the effort… & thank you so much for your kind words, you made my day!

  6. Tiffany Allen said on July 24, 2012 #

    Okay….Not completely related, but how do you do your lids?  I have a dog that keeps eating all the cups with lids, so I have been looking for ideas on how to put a lid and straw on a jelly jar.  I love this idea and can’t wait to try it.

  7. Stephanie Clark said on July 25, 2012 #

    This is a fabulous idea! How did you get the holes in the lids? I can’t wait to try them. YUM! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Montessori DOTNET said on July 25, 2012 #

    Wow what a cool idea!! THnanks for sharing Featuring it on

  9. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom said on July 27, 2012 #

    Oh I love this! So beautiful, so simple, and such a great idea!

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