Wash the germs away

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By Lorelli Mojica

Children have a natural curiosity to explore, move around, touch, put things in their mouths and engage in play with each other. All this can lead to germs being passed on. Although most germs will be harmless, children can be exposed to germs that can cause and spread illnesses. More recently the rise of quick spreading illnesses such as the norovirus and flu have highlighted the importance of teaching effective hand washing to your children.

As the idea of washing hands does not come instinctively to to young children, it is important that we raise awareness of the need for good hand washing. At 22- 36 months it is expected that children are beginning to become more independent in self-care, and it is our role as adults to provide opportunities to enable them to move towards independence. Make hand washing part of everyday life with these simple hand washing awareness activities.

child washing hands with adult

Activities in this article:

  1. Germ spotter
  2. Knock the germs away
  3. Scrub, scrub, scrub
  4. Musical germ chairs
  5. Make your mark
  6. Scary soap
  7. Mouldy mayhem

Germ spotter

EYFS Maths: Numbers

ELG: Children count reliably with numbers from one to 20.
Development matters: Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10 (40-60+ months).

What you need

  • Paper and pencil
  • White candle or white wax crayon
  • Water colour paints
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