People in Australia and around the world are taking many precautions when it comes to the health and safety of themselves, family and loved ones. From regularly washing hands, staying socially distant, coughing and sneezing into your elbow or shoulder, and maintaining good hygiene practices. But when it comes to children it’s not as easy to make these habits stick. Here are some fun ways to engage your kids in good hygiene practice.
We’ve made hygiene fun for kids!
The Pepper Experiment.
Sometimes kids have to see how something works, for it to make more sense to them. Try this handwashing pepper experiment, which shows how important soap is.
What you will need:
- A bowl
- Liquid handwashing soap
What to do:
- Fill the bowl with water, and sprinkle the water with pepper (enough to nearly cover the surface).
- Ask your child to stick their finger in the water, and pull it back out. The pepper will stick to their finger.
- Now ask your child to dip their finger in handwashing soap, and repeat the process with the water pepper bowl. The pepper will move to the edges of the bowl and repel against the soap.
This mini-experiment will show your kids that soap removes dirt (i.e. the pepper).
Washing your hands for 20 seconds seems like a longggg time! Are we supposed to count from 1 to 20 fast, or is it 1 mississippi, 2 mississippi, 3 missi… okay you get the point! To make the 20 seconds of handwashing fast and fun we’ve created a page of songs to sing while the kids wash their hands. Did somebody say baby shark? Turn your bathroom and kitchen into a karaoke room (minus the microphone), by printing off this document and sticking on the wall next to where the kids would wash their hands. They have to sing the chorus to one of these songs each time they wash their hands (with soap of course!)
WARNING – you may need to purchase some earplugs from Bunnings…
To download the Soapy Songs, click here.
The Dab Catch.
Getting to kids (and sometimes adults) to sneeze and cough into their hands can be hard enough at times, let alone into their shoulder or elbow! Dabbing could be the perfect way to catch molecules from sneezes and coughs. For those who aren’t quite sure what dabbing is, ask your kids they will know! Or refer to the below image of the dance move – dab!
The Spatial Awareness Hoop
Kids are used to being so close to one another in day to day activities such as school, sports, and playgroups, so it can be very challenging teaching them the importance of social distancing. Try using a hula hoop belt to show kids how far they should stay from one another. Simply tie some ribbon onto a hula hoop to create a suspender hula hoop belt. The ribbon will hang over each shoulder, with the hula hoop suspended around the waist. This is a fun way to show kids how far they should stay from one another.