Social Emotional

How to make Handwashing fun for kids

Social emotional development, Handwashing, Hygiene, ELA K-2, ELA 1st Grade, ELA Kindergarten


Social Emotional


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Handwashing is still one of the most important things kids can do to stop the spread of the virus. Make sure your kids really have their handwashing technique down. 

Download our Handwashing poster and activity pack below.

This is an easy-to-follow illustrated handwashing manual for kids. It shows kids how, why, and when to wash their hands. Prevention is the best medicine! Includes posters to decorate and stick on your bathroom walls.

Hang our printable posters in every bathroom of the house to make sure kids have their handwashing technique down.

Common Core alignment: 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.5.C Identify real-life connections between words and their use. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.6 Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about kindergarten topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.1 With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.


Sample Pack

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Deep Dive

Schools across the world have taken handwashing seriously during the outbreak of this coronavirus. According to a survey by Teacher Tapp, 56% of primary schools actively taught pupils about handwashing, and 74% provided soap and warm water so that kids could wash their hands. You would think that would be sufficient. Unfortunately, it’s not.

As it turns out, nagging alone isn’t enough to convince kids to wash their hands - and there’s data to prove it. Only 15% of pupils at the schools in the study were reported to have washed their hands upon entering school or at break times. See the numbers for yourself here.

Did you know that you should scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, or that soap and water is a better bet than hand gels? Kids are even newer to this!

According to the CDC, simple water and soap is the best way to rid your hands of germs. And the NHS has also given clear advice on handwashing: when to do it, and how. We’ve taken this advice and turned it into a fun activity for kids, with epidemiologists and microbes transformed into friendly characters.

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