Taking the time to teach little ones to wash their hands properly is very important. Handwashing is one of our best defenses against bacteria and viruses.
We have put together a list of helpful tips that will make it fun to teach toddlers and preschoolers how to wash their hands.
- Songs/Videos: Use songs, videos and sing handwashing songs with your child. Make it fun, little ones learn through their senses: touching, seeing, hearing! We sing this Wiggles song:
- Books and Online Resources: Read books about handwashing, germs and bacteria. I have a book that has a great example of handwashing to avoid getting sick and the consequences of a little one not washing her hands. My preschooler loves when we read the book and often comments on the topic and how he always washes his hands when after using the toilet, before meals and after playing outdoors. You can find books and other resources at your local library and online.
- Use Art/Drawings: Explain the importance of proper handwashing by telling stories about it, use drawing, colouring and crafts to help little ones understand.
- Be a Role Model: Wash your hands throughout the day with your child. If they see you washing your hands they will want to join in.
- Make It Easy for Them: Keep a stool by the sink for easy reach and get a child friendly hand washing soap. We use Kandoo Hand Soap, it has a large foaming pump that is easy to use and coloured foam that stays in the child’s hands before being rinsed away. My little ones love their “green” soap!
- Positive reinforcement: Get excited everytime they remember to wash their hands, reward them with positive reinforcement until it is a habit.
Do you have any other tips to help your little one remember to wash his/her hands?
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