It’s almost here … the cold and flu season in the Northern Hemisphere. Handwashing is always important, but it’s especially important now. Since proper handwashing is one of the best ways to stop the spread of disease, the sooner kids can develop the habit of thorough handwashing the better.
Montessori Care of Self and Handwashing
Children need to know that you should wash your hands:
- after being outdoors or getting your hands dirty
- after using the bathroom
- after touching animals
- before and after touching food
- after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
For a simple handwashing lesson, have your child:
- Wash hands in warm water.
- Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds. Get in between the fingers and under the nails. Wash the wrists, too.
- Rinse hands.
- Dry well with a clean towel.
Handwashing is a great Montessori practical life lesson with steps that can improve the child’s order, concentration, coordination, and independence. Here’s an example of one way to show the steps involved.
“Preschool Montessori Activities : Teaching Hand Washing to Kids”
Here’s a lovely handwashing video showing Montessori in action: “Handwashing” by The Cobb Montessori School
Here are some helpful tips on the “Techniques of Hand Washing” from OSCE Pediatrics.
Free Handwashing Resources
Free “Washing Hands” Song printable from Teaching Mama
“Handwashing Song” to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
“Teaching Kids about Germs and Handwashing” with free printable from Childhood 101
“The Handwashing Song” Classroom Poster from File Folder Heaven
“What Time Do I Wash My Hands?” free printable and handwashing activities from Every Star Is Different
Sesame Street Free “How to Wash Your Hands” Cards
Free handwashing resources from 2Care2Teach4Kids
Free handwashing printable from Scholastic
How to Get Kids to Wash Their Hands Properly (Cinnamon Magic) by Jojoebi
The Science of Handwashing Experiments and Fun from Earth’s Kids
The Importance of Handwashing from Stem Mom
YouTube Handwashing Videos
Singing the “ABC Song” is one way for children to wash their hands for 20 seconds. Following are some other ideas of songs that can be introduced at circle time to encourage handwashing and/or help children wash their hands for 20 seconds. You’ll find some of these in my Educational Songs for Circle Time post. Here’s a more complete list.
“Happy Handwashing Song” (sing 2 times through)
“Nursery Rhyme – Wash Your Hands” (sing 2 times through)
“Washy Washy Clean”
“Scrub Squad Song Book #1” from KidScoopNews
Scrub Squad (free resources) from Kid Scoop
“Rubba Dub Dub, Animated Handwashing Song” from The Singing Nurse
“Miss Nina’s Hand Washing Song”
“Wash My Hands Song”
“When Do I Wash My Hands?” by Kim Lytton, New Mexico State University
“A 20 Second Scrub-A-Dub” by Kim Lytton, New Mexico State University
“Germ Smart – Wash Your Hands” – Animated Video with “Wash Your Hands” Song
Hand Washing for Kids: Pump The Pump Music Video by Softsoap Brand
“The Hand Wash Song” by Krazy Kuzins
Posts in the Free Songs for Circle Time Series
- Free Educational Songs for Circle Time
- Free Back-to-School Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time.
- Free Halloween Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Thanksgiving Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Winter Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Christmas Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Hanukkah Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Kwanzaa Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Martin Luther King Day Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Groundhog Day Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Valentine’s Day Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free President Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Chinese New Year Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free St. Patrick’s Day Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Spring Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Easter Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free American Patriotic Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Free Summer Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Educational Songs, Rhymes, and Fingerplays Pinterest Board
Free Character Education Songs Series at my Bits of Positivity Blog
Montessori-Inspired Hygiene Resources
See my “Montessori-Inspired Hygiene Lessons to Help Kids Stay Healthy” for ideas the extend the handwashing lessons.
Have fun with handwashing songs and activities. Here’s to staying healthy! 🙂