I am the proud and busy owner of three children under 6 years old. I don't know about you, but it can be pretty difficult to drive the point of handwashing home to little ones. But I've found some pretty nifty tools to teach them the importance of handwashing. I'm going to share some with you.
"Parents and caretakers play an important role in teaching children to wash their hands. Handwashing can become a lifelong healthy habit if you start teaching it at an early age. Teach kids the five easy steps for handwashing—wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry—and the key times to wash hands, such as after using the bathroom or before eating."
- Here is a cool science experiment with pepper and dish soap that I found. It teaches children the importance of using soap during handwashing. https://youtu.be/_KirHm_sYfI
- Cocomelon is a fun educational station on YouTube. Here is their Handwashing Song.
- Now for all the Baby Shark fans...Pink Fong has a Wash Your Hands Version!
- The Singing Walrus Version: https://youtu.be/dDHJW4r3elE
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued some pretty practical ways to help keep you and those you love healthy during this time of a global germ awareness.
Regarding Handwashing, the CDC recommends:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
Unrelated to Handwashing, I also found a video that helps teach kids social distancing: https://youtu.be/OMg6t-z8KEI
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Click here to review some of the CDC's recommendations for Handwashing
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