How To Train Kindergarten Students To Wash Hands
In this article, we will learn about how to train kindergarten students to wash hands. Washing hands is a basic hygiene skill for kids. The earlier a child learns to properly wash his hands, the greater defense he has against germs that may cause illness.
Proper hand-washing is one of the best and easiest ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. So in a literal sense, apt hand wash habit is one key factor to keep your child healthy and most importantly it is in your own hands.
How can you help make sure your children are washing their hands correctly? It is more than just simply placing hands under running water for a few seconds. The best way to teach hand washing to young children is by making it fun, making a game out of it, by teaching and modeling what to do through your own behavior.
Teaching the correct procedure /steps is usually a “work in progress”.
The Basic Steps Involved in Washing Hands are-
1. Wet your hands with warm water.
2. Lather up with soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
3. Scrub your hands for 20 seconds – about the time it takes to say the alphabet slowly or hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
4. Rinse your hands well under warm, running water.
5. Dry your hands using a clean towel.
Knowing how to wash their hands doesn’t mean kids will actually do it. For instilling good hand-washing habit in your children simply make hand-washing an enjoyable activity. Here are a few tips that you can use to inculcate the habit of hand washing in your kids.
• Try using scented soaps to get small children excited to wash their hands.
• You have to explain to them that the simple act of lathering up their hands with soap and washing with clean, running water for at least 20 seconds can really help keep them from getting sick and spreading germs to others.
• Keep in mind that young children are visual and kinetic learners. This means they learn best by also seeing and doing rather than just hearing.
• Have your young child watch you wash hands, while you talk about what to do. Then have your child do it, while you again explain the basic steps.
• Don’t forget to keep it entertaining and simple. Don’t try to cram in all the facts at once. Just start with the bare basics and then add different pieces of information in later segments as younger kids’ attention span is for a shorter duration.
• Always remember that small children are impressed by what we do and that all children learn as much from what we do than what we say.
• Wash hands together as washing hands when the children wash up sends a stronger message than just telling them that they should do it.
• Small children learn best through repetition and reinforcement.
You can Follow up Your First Lesson With:
story books about germs and hand washing.
looking at pictures of germs.
making collages as pre-schoolers can do tearing and pasting so they can use a glue stick to paste the pictures.
act out fun little skits about getting germs on your hands, hand washing etc.
Ensure that you make hand washing a regular part of toileting, meal time etc. for the children. It will help them remember because it will become their second nature. For example, when at school children get ready for lunch, they will recall that the first thing they must do is wash hands.
So if you want to teach the importance of hand washing…wash your hands consistently at all appropriate junctures.