One thing is certain – children love to make messes! But when they do, they may not always properly wash their hands, let alone know the importance of why they need to. Hand washing is the best way to prevent germs from spreading and to keep you and your family from getting sick, but sometimes this is hard to explain to children. To help, we have a fun game and tips on hand washing to help your children learn.
The Glitter Game
After your child has made sure they have damp hands, sprinkle some glitter on them. Then have them rub their hands together until all of the glitter is sticking. Ask them to shake hands, touch door knobs and counters, and play with their toys. Then show them all of the “germs” that were left behind. Once they see how easily germs can spread, have them try to wash their hands with just water and then after with soap. This will help them see how water will not work alone and that soap will wash off all of the germs.
When to Wash Your Hands
Teach children to follow these simple guidelines to know when they should wash their hands. To help them remember, hang a chart with these guidelines in an easy-to-see place in your home, such as the bathroom mirror or the refrigerator.
Wash your hands…
- After playing outside
- After touching animals
- After using the bathroom
- Before eating or touching food
- After blowing your nose or coughing
- Before and after visiting sick friends or family
Here are some fun videos to help explain the importance of hand washing to your children.