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How to teach kids handwashing from young? – Free “When to wash hands” Handwashing Guide


Handwashing is one of the most basic hygiene practices taught from young. And it’s no wonder kids need to be educated and taught how, when and why to wash their hands from an early age.

In this article, we have put together some resources for handwashing tips and best practices easy enough for young kids to follow!

Continue reading on to download a Free “When to wash hands” Handwashing educational poster that you can display at home or in the classroom.

Handwashing Guide (Educational Poster)

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Provide kids with easy handwashing steps and visuals to help them learn and understand the process,

  1. Wet Hands
  2. Apply Soap
  3. Palm to palm
  4. Back of hands
  5. Between Fingers
  6. Back of Fingers
  7. Base of Thumbs
  8. Fingernails
  9. Wrists
  10. Rinse and wipe try

Free “When to wash hands” (Educational Poster)

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Other then providing kids with the handwashing steps they will also need to understand when they should wash their hands. Here are 8 basic scenarios they should wash their hands,

  1. When wearing your mask
  2. Before you eat
  3. After using the toilet
  4. After you sneeze or cough
  5. After messy play
  6. Before touching your face
  7. After you touch animals
  8. After you touch toys
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Download the “When to wash hands” poster for free here.

Why should kids wash their hands?

Prevention is always better than cure. We all know that handwashing can prevent germs, bacteria, and viruses from spreading and is vital to practice especially in school, at home, or in common areas.

But young kids may not know what germs, bacteria, and viruses are – hence we should explain to them that these are harmful substances that make them sick.

Ensure that kids understand the importance of hygiene and cleanliness wherever they are.

As parents, it is most certainly not fun taking care of sick kids hence the importance of reinforcing hygiene into daily practice and routine.

Preschooler Handwashing Tips

Other than setting up a good handwashing routine, adults can be good role models for kids to follow. Parents and caregivers.

Make handwashing a fun activity for kids instead of a chore. Let them wash their hands for 20-30 seconds while singing a song like “Happy Birthday” twice. Some other ideas could be as follows,

  1. Use different colors, scents and even textures of soap to entice young kids to wash their hands
  2. Setup a reward system or sticker chart to award young kids who wash their hands correctly or regularly
  3. Use foaming soap, kids love these because of the bubbles
  4. Use fun hand soaps that come in different shapes and colors compared to regular soap

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It is important to incorporate handwashing practices as a daily routine and teach kids from a young how, when, and why to wash their hands.

Remember to make handwashing a healthy habit at home, school, and at play! Also washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds reduces germ count by up to 99%.​

For other Learning Resources for preschoolers, you may visit the section here.


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