The goal of this activity is to target the skill of lip rounding, required for drinking from a cup. Lip rounding is the ability to make a circular opening with your lips. This is an early developing skill for feeding. You need to be able to round your lips when it comes time to use a spoon, straw, or cup. When developed, the amount of rounding of your lips can be changed. This makes sure that the lips stay sealed around a feeding utensil (spoon, straw, cup). It also helps get enough pressure for straw drinking.
Growing My Skills
Work on lip rounding skills using your child’s favorite foods.
Purse the lips to make a kiss.
Put a puree food on your lips like lipstick/Chapstick.
Pucker your lips to kiss the table or mirror.
Look at the mark that is left.
Choice of puree: Ex. yogurt, nut butter, pudding, applesauce.
Try freezing fruit juice on the straw to give it some extra flavor.
Dip the straw in your child’s favorite juice and put it in the freezer until solid.
Practice drinking from a straw.
When beginning straw drinking, you can help teach your child to suck from the straw by using your finger to hold some liquid in the straw and then place it near your child’s mouth.
See this website for more information on this method.