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.
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Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
- Infants and Toddlers (Birth To Age 3)
- Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)