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.