Little Routines, Gillian Stewart

Hand Washing
Gillian Stewart, Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Getting young children to wash their hands regularly can be an uphill battle.

Life for toddlers and young children is far too exciting and busy to spend long periods of time standing still washing their hands.

As we are becoming very aware, hand washing is extremely important. Making it fun, as with so many things you do with children, is going to make the task much easier.
You don’t want to alarm children so making it part of their everyday routine, rather than something out of the ordinary, will help.

Children learn through copying and mimicking so be a good role model. If they see you washing your hands then they are more likely to copy.

A few tips:
Pop a sturdy child safe step by the basin so your little one can easily reach the taps.
Have some fun soap - different colours and shapes.
Play a game of ‘see how many bubbles you can make by rubbing your hands together’.
Keep a small hand towel next to the basin, to save water dripping everywhere.
Change the towel frequently.
Have a good selection of brightly colourful towels and allow your child to choose a different one each day.
Never hurry your little one, as this will only encourage them to skip the process.
Wash your hands at the same time.
Children love using wipes so leave some packets of antibacterial wipes around the house for them to use.

Children love music and singing so encourage them to sing whilst they wash their hands.
Everyone knows the tune to ‘row, row, row your boat’ so why not try this...

Wash, wash, wash your hands
Washing must be seen
Use some soap and rub them well
Now they’re super clean!

Wash, wash, wash your hands
Washing is a dream
Make some bubbles and rinse them well
Now they’re super clean!

Happy hand washing!