Title:
Drink it up cup for toddler
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A drinking vessel that provides a reward to the child when the drinking vessel is emptied. A generally cylindrical drinking vessel being entirely clear or having a clear section and a picture at the bottom of the cylinder. An insert that floats on the liquid displaying a picture located on the outer surface of the insert corresponds to the picture on the vessel and lowers with the liquid as it is consumed causing the pictures to mesh into an end result. Such insert can contain a hole in the middle for a straw. Both vessel and insert can contain the means for guiding the insert to mesh with the picture.



Inventors:
Lear, Patricia Sprague (San Jose, CA, US)
Application Number:
12/011449
Publication Date:
07/30/2009
Filing Date:
01/28/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
220/711, 206/457
International Classes:
A47G19/22
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Primary Examiner:
ELOSHWAY, NIKI MARINA
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Patricia Lear (5071 Cribari Bluffs, San Jose, CA, 95135, US)
Claims:
I claim:

1. A drinking cup that rewards a child for finishing a drink comprising a cylindrical drinking vessel that is entirely clear or has a clear section and picture on the lowest point of the cylinder.

2. An insert fitting into said drinking vessel of claim 1 that has a picture on the outer rim that coincides with the picture on the drinking vessel.

3. The drinking vessel of claim 1 having the means to guide the insert through use of a protrusion running vertically inside the vessel.

4. The insert of claim 2 having a section removed to fit into the guide in the vessel in

5. Insert may also have a hole for a straw.

Description:

RELATED U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS

5890619April 1999Belanger
664092November 2003Berger, et al.
6640922November 2003Berger, et al.
6783020August 2004Featherston et al.
7210596May 2007Raccolo

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is directed toward a drinking cup and more particularly, toward a drinking cup that rewards a child when the child consumes the entire drink.

This invention is a cup and a toy bringing the child enjoyment as well as an instrument for bringing the child proper nourishment and hydration. It also can be used to assist a parent in giving a child the amount of fluid needed for the child to feel pressure to have to use the toilet in toilet training. It is very important for a child to drink both an adequate amount of water and milk. This invention encourages the child to drink what he/she does not want to drink or to drink the amount needed. It will do it with the child's own instinctual sense of fun and curiosity.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention is designed to overcome the deficiencies of the prior art discussed above. It is an object of the present invention to provide a drinking cup that encourages the child to drink the entire contents of the cup.

It is another object of the present invention is to provide a drinking cup that provides entertainment to the child as he/she drinks.

This invention also provides as assistance to the parent in potty training by encouraging the child to drink enough to feel the pressure needed to successfully potty train the child.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

The invention will be better understood and objects other than those set forth above will become apparent when consideration is given to the following detailed description thereof. Such description makes reference to the annexed drawings wherein:

FIG. 1 is the cylindrical drinking vessel with a clear section. In this case the entire vessel is clear allowing for the descending insert and pictures on the insert to be viewed completely. Allowing for a surprise ending the clear section may be only on the bottom of the vessel.

FIG. 2 is the picture on the vessel that is on both the front and back of the vessel.

FIG. 3 is the protruding section that guides the insert as it descends.

FIG. 4 is the insert that is made of material that will float. This insert has a cutout that would be used with FIG. 3 protruding section if use of a guide is chosen. Also, there is a hole in the insert to provide for a straw if use of a straw is chosen.

FIG. 5 is the picture on the insert that is to coincide with the picture on the vessel.

FIG. 6 is the cap that is used if a straw is used. This cap has to hold a straw straight through the insert into the vessel. This cap is generic and generally simply holds the straw straight in the cup allowing the insert to descend without intrusion.