hand washing,  health and hygiene,  physical

Keeping Preschoolers Germ Free

If your classroom is anything like mine, there are a lot of germs floating around it right now.  I do my best to teach hand washing routines at the beginning of the school year, but right about now I feel like we need a refresher course in getting rid of some of those germs. I’ve come up with a couple of things that I’m hoping will help my students to A) remember to wash their hands after they blow their noses, and B) remember to wash their hands properly.

The first thing I’m doing is making sure to spend some time going over hand washing routines, so I made these sequencing cards that I can go over during circle time, and use as an activity center. I put together a set of sequencing cards strictly for the hand washing routine (I’ll use these at the beginning of the school year when introduce hand washing), and then I made a set that geared towards cold and flu season, which are perfect for right now!

To help my students remember the sequence I put together ring books, that they take with them as they complete each step (let me tell you, these will be laminated and heavily sanitized daily!)

Finally, to make sure that each step of the hygiene process is perfectly clear, I made picture labels for the specific areas of the classroom that the children will visit to complete the hand washing sequence. So the picture of the sink will go next to our classroom sink, and the labels are numbered so between the labels and the ring books, my kiddos can’t miss a step.  

Oh, and then I threw in a poster, some discussion questions, and writing prompts just to make it a complete unit.

I am hoping that this set of cards, books, labels, posters, and questions will save all of my students from being miserably sick for the rest of the winter! If you want to try it out in your classroom (or even at home) you can download the Germs Germs Germs set from my TPT store.  I would love to know how it works for you!

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