Healthy Habits: Germs

It’s mid-October and we have already had a “Notice of Exposure” at our gym. Do you know these signs? The ones that inform you that a child has been in the preschool/school/daycare/etc. at some point when your child was as well and now your child has been exposed to __________ illness. “Watch for these symptoms…” Aye yi yi!

Well, because of this {and overall wellness} we are discussing “Healthy Habits” this week πŸ™‚

There are actually a lot of fun little songs and activities that help little ones learn about germs in a way that makes them knowledgeable rather than scared. {A fine line based on the child’s personality, that’s for sure!}

The goal here is to inform, not scare. But germs are an issue, especially as the weather shifts. Here are some fun ways to educate your minions.

According the the Center for Disease Control (CDC), here is the appropriate way we ALL should wash our hands:

Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.

The CDC recommends washing your hands:

  • when your hands are dirty
  • before eating or touching food (like if you’re helping cook or bake, for example)
  • after using the bathroom
  • after blowing your nose or coughing
  • after touching pets or other animals
  • after playing outside
  • before and after visiting a sick relative or friend

Activities

Here are some great ways to demonstrate how germs spread, and how healthy habits keep us, well, healthy πŸ™‚

  • Cocoa Germ Experiment – a great way to show little ones the effectiveness of proper washing.
  • Make Germs Scatter Science Demonstration – it’s amazing what a little water, pepper, and dish soap can do!
  • How Are Germs Spread? – WARNING! Glitter is included in this exercise, but it is such a GREAT demonstration as to how germs are spread. If you are still scared, use flour πŸ™‚
  • Pom Pom “Sneeze” – Not ready for glitter? Demonstrate the spread of germs by pretending to sneeze out a handful of pom poms. The kids will see the spread, and want to “sneeze” themselves πŸ™‚
  • Cover Your Cough – The minions LOVE scissors and glue. With this activity, they can create their own person who covers his/her mouth with a tissue. I’m not a huge fan of the poem, but the concept is great.
  • Create Your Own Germ – Freestyle doodling. Ask your kids to draw what they believe a germ looks like. It’s fun to see what they come up with πŸ™‚

Books

Songs and Chants

My minions often sing the little songs I randomly make up to help them remember things. Little minds remember songs and chants easily, so when there is a lesson that can incorporate them, I do!

An easy way for us to ensure that we are washing our hands for the appropriate amount of time {Remember, 20 seconds!} is by singing songs. Here are some of our favorites πŸ™‚

This is the way we wash our hands
This is the way we wash our hands,
Wash our hands, wash our hands.
This is the way we wash our hands,
To keep them nice and clean

Washing Hands Song {to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat}
Wash, wash, wash your hands
Make them nice and clean.
Scrub the germs til they fall off
Germs go down the drain.

{Yes, I know it does not rhyme, but it does get the point across πŸ™‚ }

I hope this helps you have some fun while teaching your minions important healthy habits.

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Have a great day!
Andrea-sig

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