We all want healthy, happy children right? So let’s teach them the golden rule in defending illness. Good hand washing is the best line of defence against the spread of many illnesses from colds to COVID-19 and flu to many other serious infections. Every child likes to touch, touch and well, touch! Don’t underestimate the importance of hand washing. It will prevent children getting infected from touching different things throughout the day and save you a calpol purchase or a trip to the doctors!
Handwashing can be boring, a chore, so we’ve put together some ways to make it fun. Read on to see how.
The Soap and Glitter Investigation
The children at ABC Day Nursery in Exmouth are encouraged to wash their hands on a regular basis. Before eating, after using the toilet and going outside: handwashing is a regular routine. This means it can get quite repetitive and boring for the children. To make it fun and try new things, the Inventors have been exploring the Soap and Glitter Investigation.
Emily set up the tray with torches, soap and water glitter surrounded by photos of different germs and the children washing their hands.
She encouraged the Inventors to dip their fingers in the glitter water and see what ‘germs’ they would pick up. Using the torch, the examined the glitter representing the germs and spoke about how germs were on different toys at nursery.
They tried again, this time with some soap on their middle fingers. They noticed the protection of the soap meant that it picked up a lot less glitter. Our Inventors learnt all about the power of soap and how hand washing is so important in defending against germs.
Hand Washing Tips at Home
After their fun, they were excited to show off their hand washing techniques and went straight to the bathroom to use water and soap, scrub for 20 seconds, rinse and dry their glitter palms!
Here are some things you can do at home to emphasise the importance of hand washing.
- Make Hand Washing fun!
– This is probably the most important tip. Find songs, take part in races, give out stickers, try the investigation, clean toys! Handwashing doesn’t have to be a chore.
- Hand wash routinely.
- Reward children!
- Clean your hands alongside them. Model good hand washing.
- Constant questioning when children get back from the toilet, for example.
- Talk to children about germs and illnesses and why handwashing is important.
And most importantly, do it as much as possible. Handwashing really is the most powerful defence against illness.
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