Teach the kiddos how to properly wash their hands with this free printable “Wash Your Hands” sign sponsored by Community Care Plan.
I’ve always been hyper aware of hand washing as soon as we get home; it’s something I learned as a kid.
Of course, now it’s more important than ever to make sure not only that the kids are washing their hands – they need to be washing them correctly.
Free Printable “Wash Your Hands” Sign
My 6-year-old likes to put soap on her hands and then immediately stick her hands under the running water.
To encourage her to wash her hands the right way, we try to make it fun.
The free step-by-step guide to washing hands below is a fun reminder.
We all want our kids to stay healthy and one of the best ways to fight off germs is to encourage proper hand washing.
Community Care Plan is helping parents turn this into a fun and motivational concept through this free step-by-step printable sign.
Grab your free printable “wash your hands” sign below.
How to Teach Kids to Wash Their Hands
Now more than ever, we’re focusing on our children to make sure they’re as healthy as possible.
I’ve found the more excited I can get them, the more involved and accepting they’ll be.
Making it fun really works.
I keep the free printable poster below near each sink because it uses fun colors and concepts to remind kids how to properly wash their hands.
The basic steps it covers for washing hands are:
- Wet hands
- Apply soap
- Rub hands with soap for 20 seconds
- Scrub all over the hands and fingers, including wrists
- Turn off faucet with paper towel
- Throw paper towel away
The poster adds some fun suggestions for the kids.
I’ve added my own fun twists as well to make it special for the kids.
For example, our kids sing the ABC song 2 times while they’re using the soap.
It’s a fun way to pass 20 seconds.
And because kids follow by example, I always follow the same steps when washing my hands.
When the kiddos see you doing it, they will mimic this.
A routine of washing hands throughout the day is a good habit to practice for life.
It will become an automatic step for kids when they get older simply because that’s what they learned as they grew up.
Teach Kids the Importance of Hand Washing
There will be times when kids get so busy or excited that they try running their hands under water, wiping them off and running off to play again.
This is why it’s important to teach your kids WHY they should wash their hands properly.
We don’t want to scare or overwhelm our kids; we want to give them good and age-appropriate information.
Choose from the key points below to help kids understand why we’re so serious about washing hands.
How Germs Spread
Let them know how easily germs spread.
Anytime they wipe their nose, sneeze, or cough into their hands, they spread germs by touching someone or something else.
Depending on their age, you may want to explain more about what germs are, what happens when they spread, and how easily they spread.
When to Wash Hands
There are set times throughout the day that hand washing is important: after using the bathroom, before eating, when arriving home, etc.
As adults, we understand these are good times to wash our hands.
We take it for granted that kids don’t yet understand why these specific times are important.
Teaching them to build routines around these moments will help them create healthy habits.
How to Wash Hands
Teaching kids how to wash their hands properly is vital.
Just running their hands under the water doesn’t do anything to stop the spread of germs.
Using tools like this free printable below and fun songs make it easier and more interactive for children.
This encourages them to cover the proper steps in a way that caters to their interests.
When to Use Hand Sanitizer
These days we carry hand sanitizer everywhere to clean hands in between hand washes.
I always prefer hand washing to hand sanitizer, but there will be times when soap and water just aren’t available.
In these cases, kids should know that they still can clean their hands with hand sanitizer.
Learn more about hand washing HERE: https://www.ccpcares.org/cdc/handwashing
The site gives more details and tips related to the key points your kids need to know.
Ready to get your children excited about hand washing?
Grab your free printable “wash your hands” sign here.
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