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Tips for Teaching Handwashing

  1. Consider creating a handwashing chart that tracks each time the child washes their hands. Perhaps they receive a prize or reward at the end of a good handwashing week.
  2. Take pictures of places germs live, especially in areas kids would frequently touch, such as their iPad or tablet, doorknobs or fridge handles, and post them near sinks, on the refrigerator or near the handwashing chart. This will serve as a reminder of when they need to wash their hands.
  3. To help kids wash their hands for a full 20 seconds, have them count to 10 twice or sing the Scrub Club® handwashing song together.
  4. Print each of the Germy Villain coloring pages and have the child color them. Then tape them to everything the child touches in a 30-minute timeframe. It will help them visualize how they themselves pick up and spread bacteria.
  5. Cook or talk about cooking a meal with the child, emphasizing the importance of washing their hands before, during and after.