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St. Patrick's Day hand washing lesson

Updated on March 1, 2015

St. Patrick's Day hygiene lesson for schools

What better way is there to teach a hygiene lesson than when it is grouped with a fun holiday activity! In general, lessons are better retained when students are having fun learning. Hand washing, hand sanitizing, covering coughs and sneezes, infection control poster reminders, environmental cleaning, nutrition, vaccinations and so forth are so important to teach these days! Having a hard time coming up with a St. Patrick's Day lesson that is fun and applicable to great principles?

Free Infection Control Lesson

The OUTFOX lesson for St. Patrick's Day teaches a variety of healthy habits as students go around the room finding the Leprechaun prints. Once they've found all the prints, followed the trail and arrived at the pot of gold, they can enjoy great health! Too many times we try to leave our health to LUCK but there are many things we can control to live happier and healthier lives. Download the PDF versions of the lesson below or have them emailed by contacting us here.

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day and don't leave your health to LUCK!

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St. Patrick's Day Hygiene Lesson Supplemental Worksheet
St. Patrick's Day Hygiene Lesson Supplemental Worksheet

Hygiene Lesson Plan for Your Class or Kids

Don't Leave Your Health to LUCK!

Content Objective:

The students will be able to understand the importance of not leaving their health circumstances to luck. The students will learn hygiene and infection control principles through a St. Patrick's Day themed lesson, activity and game.


  • "Find Your Way To Good Health" supplemental page, creative materials (color paper, markers, glue, glitter, scissors, etc.), Glo Germ System (optional), educational and promotional posters, prizes, Certificates of Achievement and any other design materials.


  • * Luck
  • * Leprechaun
  • * Health
  • * Prevention

Building Background Knowledge:

  • Ask students the following questions:
  • * What does it mean to have good health?
  • o The person won't get sick often, feel, ill, will not have nutrition problems, is not tired often, etc.
  • * What consequences could come from relying on LUCK for good health?
  • o Bad health, long-term problems, disability, death, bad diseases, suffering, absent from school, spreading illness, coughing, lingering colds, etc.
  • * What can you do to have better health by preventing the spreading of illness and disease?
  • o Wash hands, use hand sanitizer, eat healthy food, sleep, vaccinations, doctor checkups, proper medication, etc.


  • * Use the Glo Germ System to illustrate how germs spread and affect us daily.
  • o Have students apply the Glo Germ Identifier Lotion or Powder. Make sure they get it all over their hands (i.e. or all over doorknobs, sinks, pencils, or other designated areas)
  • o Using the black light, show students how germs lurk on their hands
  • o Have them wash their hands and check for the germs again
  • o Use the Identifier Lotion or Powder for many of the activities and games supplied by OUTFOX in this manual


  • Start by using the Glo Germ System to introduce the germ and illness topics. Beginning with the Glo Germ activity will help initiate conversation and topics regarding health effects of practicing poor hygiene principles. If possible for the day or week, hang up appropriate posters and signs to constantly remind students of important hygiene principles.
  • Prepare your own version of "Find Your Way To Good Health" by designing and cutting out the shapes before the lesson. Make sure the students cannot see all the leprechaun handprints (i.e. have them start in the classroom and lead the pathway into the hall, etc.) before the lesson. Splitting the class into groups of 4 works best. As each subsequent leprechaun handprint is found by the students, take a few minutes and explain the term(s) found printed on them. At the end, reemphasize good health principles and how good health is not found by luck.
  • Next, instruct the students that they will be creating pathways to good health for their own family members and friends. Teach how simple steps of good hygiene can increase their health and the health of their family and friends.
  • Copy the "Find Your Way To Good Health" supplemental page, germ characters, icons and other pictures found on the next page and in the end of the Activities Section. Show how they align the leprechaun hands to lead to the Health Pot of Gold. Create a contest highlighting the cutest, cleverest, or best looking overall job to increase excitement for the lesson.

"Hands On Experience:"

  • * Have the students design and cut out the items on the "Find Your Way To Good Health" supplemental page, black and white germs, icons (see the next page and the end of the Activities Section) and design them how they would like.
  • * Hang the finished Health Pot of Gold creations on the wall where they can be conveniently seen daily (leading up to the holiday).

Wrap Up:

  • * Hand out Certificates of Achievement to all participating students.
  • * Take note whether the students' attention to hygiene increased due to the lesson. Are they concerned more about health to personally avoid getting sick? Or are they motivated to not spread illness and suffering on to their family members and friends?

Home Connection:

  • * Ensure that the students understand how to set up the activity for their family members and/or friends.
  • * Give an incentive or prize to those that report back after conducting the activity with a family member or friend.
  • * Alert the students that there will be follow up questions after St. Patrick's Day regarding the reactions of family members and friends on their creations.

Hand Washing Debate... Vote: Do you feel secure with hand sanitizer?

There has always been a running debate between hand washing and hand sanitizers... Does soap and water always trump the alcohol and non alcohol sanitizer rubs on the market? Recently as the CDC and other entities have recognized hand sanitizers more, we've seen an increased number of people that are washing less and sanitizing more.

Germs are everywhere which facilitates people carrying sanitizing gels and sanitizing sprays around with them, but should you be getting to a sink with hot water and soap more often then you currently do? You tell us. We just know that living according to effective infection control principles and maintaining high hygiene standards is important!

Vote: Do you feel secure with hand sanitizer?

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Hand Washing Poster Fun OUTFOX Prevention
Hand Washing Poster Fun OUTFOX Prevention

Be Green But Not From Germs!

Use Posters and Images to Teach Hygiene

In addition to having a lesson, include posters and other reminders to help teach the germ topic. Posters can be hung in many places including:

  • -Around sinks
  • -At the entrance and exit of the classroom
  • -In bathroom stalls
  • -By the bathroom mirrors
  • -Around the lunch room
  • -Around the toy areas where hands are always touching items

Children need constant reminders so too many hygiene signs or posters shouldn't be a concern. Mix up the posters with serious and funny messages to keep them noticeable.

OUTFOX provides some great posters but you can also create your own. Better yet, have the students create the posters to be hung around germ hotspots!


Have a Happy and Healthy St. Patrick's Day!

Great Manual on Amazon

This manual contains this lesson and many other lessons, activities, games, worksheets and so forth to teach hygiene! The manual contents are geared to teach effective infection control principles in schools, daycares, preschools, home school groups and other children institutions. You can also obtain this on

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens....i'm liking the irish theme

    • Aquavel profile image


      7 years ago

      Adorable lens on important subject! You make hygiene fun!

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      7 years ago

      Happy St. Paddy's Day

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      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Very clever! I'm adding this to my St. Patrick's Day Science Lesson lens. :)

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      7 years ago

      Positive topic & wonderful intro photo!

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      Barbara Isbill 

      7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      Interesting topic.


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