Teaching proper hand washing
is one of the first procedures that should be taught at school.There are many great ideas for how to teach this important
procedure. We do several different things to help reinforce good hand
washing habits at school.
Here are a few ways we use Hand
Washing resources in our preschool classroom.
1.We print, cut,
and laminate the Hand
Washing Stepsinto mini posters that we hang at each sink, so the kids have a visual
reminder of the steps.
2.We hang the Hand Washing Reminder
poster by the bathroom door to remind the kids to wash after using the
3.We read the book Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs
, by Judith Anne Rice, Reed Merrill and
Petronella J. Ytsma. This is HANDS DOWN (no pun
intended) my preschoolers favorite book all year long! Just a warning,
they will make personal connections to this book! You will hear everyone's
the kids the Germ
Poem. Use the Germ
Puppets (cut and glue to popsicle sticks) with the poem and story.
We have rubber “germ finger puppets” (monster finger puppets) we have
purchased from Oriental Trader that we use too. The kids absolutely love
this book, the poem, and the germs!
4.Then we do the Hand
Washing Activity- The kids can trace their hands on the activity
sheet and then draw germs on their hands.We send the sheet home to help reinforce the hand washing steps at
home. * I have my students glue on a “germ” too. I make copies of the Germ
Puppet sheet and cut them up so each child can glue one germ on
their hand picture too.
Have you tried Glo Germ with your students? It is kind of like that
stuff you use to get from the dentist that you would chew and it would
show you all the places you had missed when you brushed... Glo germ works
the same way. It sticks to germs and then they show up with a black light!
Pretty impressive way to help kids understand how important it is to wash
hands thoroughly to get rid of germs! Check it out below!