Keeping Healthy and Safe: Fighting Germs

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Keeping Healthy and Safe: Fighting Germs

Young children are learning the importance of clean hands and clean environments.  Adults can support them with simple explanations, visual supports, and practice.

  • Provide a Simple Explanation
    Use simple phrases, such as “Washing hands is one of the best ways to get rid of germs! Washing our furniture and supplies helps germs go away, too!”
  • Use Visual Supports
    Provide pictures of children washing their hands or using hand sanitizer.
  • Set Them Up for Success
    Have children sing the ABCs as they scrub their hands to make sure they wash their hands long enough.
  • Provide Practice and Encouragement
    Stamp children’s hands and have them scrub off the ink to make sure they thoroughly wash their hands.