Preschool Prep Week 19: Proper Hygiene

Is there ever a bad time to review proper hygiene? I feel like everyone around me is sick with some ailment and I can't help but feel like it's time to pull out the bleach and rubber gloves. But really let's start at the source, shall we? Germy, snotty sneezing, booger picking kids :) I feel like Monk at times or What About Bob when I'm surrounded by children. Least I can do is teach my kids how to not spread 'em, and to keep them from getting more. 

Science Experiments:
Glitter Antibacterial Gel. Have one person rub it on and shake hands with the rest of the group. Notice how the "germs" spread. 

Then show them that there are germs that we can't see.

Germs: Apples and Hand washing: "We put a clean apple slice in one jar. We passed another apple slice around the class as we came in from recess with dirty hands. We have been observing the two jars in the science center. This is the difference after 8 days - gross! (This picture doesn't really show the mold.)" Source

Match the teeth to the number on the toothbrush

Activity: Practice brushing and  flossing: For the brushing, laminate teeth and draw germs on with a dry erase marker. For flossing cut around the teeth and practice with yarn. 
Cleanliness: If you're doing this activity where you have access to a bathroom or sink, this is fun. I found images of germs in clip art, and then printed and laminated them. You could also have the kids draw what they think germs look like.

 Then I walked around with the kids to show them all the places germs like to be. We then taped a germ in places like next to door handles, on faucets and on top of the lid to the toilet. This helped remind the children that they needed to wash their hands because they came in contact with germs.  Then I taped a sign with proper hand washing techniques to the mirror to help them remember how to wash hands. 

Snack: Apples and marshmallow teeth 

This might be taking it a bit far, but you could show that fruits and veggies need good washing too to eat. 

Craft: You could make your own or buy soap crayons and let them draw in the shower or on sections of tile. Clean up is easy because you just wash it off!



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