Handwashing isn’t exactly the idea of a good time for kids. After all, even adults can find it tedious, but we know exactly why it needs to be done – to reduce the spread of germs that can cause illnesses, and to wash the grease stains off our fingers before we pick up that slice of pizza.
You can’t always be in the room with your child to recite the reasons they need to wash their hands, so it’s best to show them why to make it part of their routine and how to make it (somewhat) enjoyable at the same time. Here are some ways to teach your kids proper handwashing technique in a fun sort of way…
Get Into The Science Of It
Most kids think science is cool. If not, there are ways you can get them more interested in science. How does this relate to handwashing? Well, you can explain to them that germs are so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye, and can only be spotted through a microscope, notes Care.com.
This way, even if your child shows you their “clean” hands and says they don’t need to wash, you can tell them there are still potentially bacteria and viruses that could make them sick. Want to go a step further? Show your kids what germs look like under a microscope – you don’t need the actual equipment, you can just show them magnified images online.