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Teaching Children About Germs

Updated on August 6, 2013

Teach a Child to See the Germs, Wash their Hands and Cover a Cough

For children germs are invisible things that cause them to get sick. Remembering to do things like washing their hands or covering a cough may not come easily.

Parents and teachers can helping children understand about germs by finding ways to help them "see" the germs like with stories, videos clips and visual kits, like the Glo Germs.

Finding ways to somehow visualizing germs is a beneficial way to help children understand about those invisible germs.

Hand washing and covering coughs are two good ways to avoid getting sick and prevent the spread of germs.

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Image from the CDC
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Teaching Hand Washing to Children

Good hand-washing techniques are something that can be easily taught to children by parents and reinforced by teachers.

This Teaching Children about Germs Lens includes many helpful tips, educational materials and resources for parents and teachers to teach children about germs including basic hand washing skills and how to cover cough.

I want to make sure that my girls stay healthy during flu season.

For the last several years, I've gone into my daughters' classroom and to their 4-H meetings with one of the Glo Germ Kits below to teach hand washing and coughing to the children around flu time.

This lens looks at several lesson plans, techniques and products that are helpful for teaching children about germs and ways to make those invisible germs visible.

Wash 'em! from the CDC

Preventing those mean, nasty, dirty, downright disgusting

but still invisible germs.

Question about Hand Washing

Why Do You Need to Wash Your Hands?

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Avoid Getting Sick by Washing Your Hands

Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.

The Mayo Clinic

Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs on Amazon

Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs / Esos desagradables detestables sucios completamente asquerosos pero... invisibles ... y español) (English and Spanish Edition)
Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but...Invisible Germs / Esos desagradables detestables sucios completamente asquerosos pero... invisibles ... y español) (English and Spanish Edition)

This is one of my daughters favorite books on germs.

It is one that my Mom used when teaching preschool and still uses when she volunteers in the classroom.

A fun way to get children thinking about germs.

 

Preventing Mr. Germ

Preventing Mr. Germ
Preventing Mr. Germ

When to Wash Hands...Before

The Mayo Clinic recommends the following situations when you should wash your hands:

  • Before eating
  • Before and after treating wounds or cuts
  • Before and after touching a sick or injured person
  • Before and after preparing food, especially before and immediately after handling raw meat, poultry or fish
  • Before and after using public restrooms (gas stations, restaurants, airports, train stations and bus stations)

When to Wash

Wash Your Hands Before You Start.

Wash You Hand After You're Done.

When to Wash Hands...After

The Mayo Clinic recommends the following situations when you should wash your hands:

  • After using the bathroom
  • After blowing your nose
  • After coughing or sneezing into your hands
  • After touching animals or animal waste
  • After handling garbage
  • After changing a diaper - wash the diaper-wearer's hands, too
  • After using public restrooms (gas stations, restaurants, airports, train stations and bus stations)

Children's Books on Germs

Germs Are Not for Sharing (Ages 4-7) (Best Behavior Series)
Germs Are Not for Sharing (Ages 4-7) (Best Behavior Series)

This is an expanded version of the Germs are not for Sharing board book, aimed at teaching older children the importance of good hand washing.

Recommended for ages 4 to 7

 
Germs (Rookie Ready to Learn)
Germs (Rookie Ready to Learn)

Using rhyming words and silly illustrations children learn about germs

Recommended for ages 5 and up

 
A Germ's Journey (Follow It!)
A Germ's Journey (Follow It!)

Written by a physician follow this germs journey from the first Achoo!

Recommended for ages 5 and up

 
Germs Make Me Sick! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) (Reading Rainbow book)
Germs Make Me Sick! (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) (Reading Rainbow book)

A book that helps you read and find out about science, or in this case about those nasty germs that make you sick.

Recommended for ages 4 to 8

 
Germs on their Fingers!/¡Gérmanes en tus manos!
Germs on their Fingers!/¡Gérmanes en tus manos!

Using rhyming words children learn about the Germs on the Fingers, in English and in Spanish.

Recommended for ages 6 and up

 

Answer to Hand Washing Question

The correct answer to the Hand Washing Question is "All of the above."

Hand Washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.

More than 164 million school days are from Illness

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimate that every year, more than 164 million school days are lost due to illness.

Many of those illnesses could have been avoided if children had washed their hands correctly.

Hand Hygiene Videos

Helpful videos from EasternOntario Health on how to wash away Germy the Germ, a version on hand washing for younger children and one aimed at older children, 3rd to 6th grade, who are getting the dirt on germs from the public health agency.

Note to Wash Hands

Keeping my hands clean is one of the most important steps I can take to stay healthy, avoid getting sick and not spread germs.

Remember to wash my hands with soap and clean running water for 20 seconds.

If soap and clean water are not available, I can use an alcohol-based product to clean my hands

Image by Karin Dalziel
Image by Karin Dalziel

Parents and Teachers Teaching Hand Washing

Teaching good hand-washing techniques or hand hygiene can be a bit challenging since you are battling those mean, nasty, dirty, downright disgusting but very invisible germs.

There are a variety of great resources to help make those germ more "visible" to children even though they cannot be seen, tasted, smelled, felt, or touched.

Hand washing is something that should be taught to children early by their parents and reinforced by their teachers. Hand washing includes washing hands with soap and water or if soap and water is not available using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

When done properly, the simple habit of hand washing becomes of the best ways to avoid getting sick.

Washing his Hands by Karin Dalziel

Germs are Not for Sharing Board Book

Germs Are Not for Sharing (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)
Germs Are Not for Sharing (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)

A 24 page book great for preschool aged children on teaching them to not share their germs.

Recommended by one physician reviewer to be in every pediatrician’s and family physician’s waiting room and childcare center, preschool and elementary school.

 

Prevent the Spread of Infection by Washing Hands

Hand Washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Hand Washing for Kids

Learn the song "Pump The Pump" to help remind kids to wash their hands. From Softsoapbrand. There is a rocker version and a 60's group band (more like the early Beatles) that sing the song.

Fun Hand Soaps and Pumps for Kids

Make hand washing more fun by giving kids fun soap dispensers.

Disney Toy Story Alien Soap Pump
Disney Toy Story Alien Soap Pump

Your kids may giggle every time they use this silly looking alien soap pump.

 
Giant Microbes Soap Dispenser
Giant Microbes Soap Dispenser

The giant microbes soap dispenser (of the cold or rhinovirus) is a good reminder to kids to wash their hands and prevent from getting colds.

 

Disney Soap Dispensers on eBay

Kids love fun soap dispensers.

A Child Washing His Hands

A Child Washing His Hands
A Child Washing His Hands

How to Wash Your Hands

The Center for Disease Control recommends using the following technique when washing hands with soap and water:

  • Wet your hands with clean running water and apply soap. Use warm water if it is available.
  • Rub hands together to make a lather and scrub all surfaces.
  • Continue rubbing hands for 20 seconds. Need a timer? Imagine singing "Happy Birthday" twice through to a friend!
  • Rinse hands well under running water.
  • Dry your hands using a paper towel or air dryer. If possible, use your paper towel to turn off the faucet.

Wash Your Hands Poster

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

Wash Your Hands Poster available on Amazon below.

Wash Your Hands Reminder Posters

Carson Dellosa How to Wash Your Hands Chart (114021)
Carson Dellosa How to Wash Your Hands Chart (114021)

A step by step chart showing children how to wash hands.

 

Hand Washing Posters & Drawing Resources for Teachers and Parents

Use one of posters as image to add.

More Videos on Teaching Children How to Wash Hands

Use a Hand Washing Timer

Get a Hand Washing Timer

Hand Washing Timers can be a great way to help remember how long to wash your hands.

Intellitec LPL822 Mini LED "Wash & Brush" Timer
Intellitec LPL822 Mini LED "Wash & Brush" Timer

Doctors recommend washing hands for 20 seconds and Dentists recommend brushing teeth for 2 minutes.

This Wash & Brush time is a great tool will help kids (and even adults) keep track of how long they wash their hands and brush their teeth.

 

Those Icky Stick Smelly Cavity Causing but...Invisible Germs on Amazon

From the same author of the Mean Nasty Downright Disgusting but Invisible germs comes a book on dealing with the Icky Sticky Cavity Causing Invisible Germs.

Those Icky Sticky Smelly Cavity-Causing but . . .: Esos sucios pegajosos olorosos causantes de caries pero . . . invisibles gérmenes (Spanish Edition)
Those Icky Sticky Smelly Cavity-Causing but . . .: Esos sucios pegajosos olorosos causantes de caries pero . . . invisibles gérmenes (Spanish Edition)

This is a great resource to use to teach children how to wash their hands. The book help explain the world of germs with playful and colorful illustrations

A popular children's book shows the germs that cause illness and how important hand washing is to good health and helps children to establish good health habits.

 

See the Hand Germs Glo

Glo Germ Helps Children Learn About Germs

Children in England learn about germs by checking their hands under a special light to see how the Glo-Germ Powder, representing germs, had spread from one student to another.

Glo Germ Kits Make the Invisible Visible

Glo Germ is an effective tool to demonstrate handwashing, surface cleaning, hygiene, and containment techniques.

Since 1968, Glo Germ has provided our customers with a fun and safe product that casts a revealing glow when exposed to Glo Germ's U.V. light, turning the invisible into "germs you can see!"

The Glo Germ Kit contains a bottle of liquid or gel, a bottle of powder, and an ultra-violet lamp. The liquid or gel and the powder contain the plastic simulated germs, and the lamp illuminates them to test the effectiveness of the children's.

I have had to let the kids know that these aren't real germs that they are seeing, because some of them get pretty concerned.

Glo Germ Kit available below.

Glo Germ Before and After

DragonflyTV Kids Do Glo Germ on YouTube

Watch the Dragonfly TV kids discover germs using Glo Germ and then ScienceFx shows the importance of hand washing using Glo Germ powder on a little stuffed animal.

Glo Germ Kit in the Amazon Spotlight

Glo Germ Kit 1003 - with 12 LED UV Light
Glo Germ Kit 1003 - with 12 LED UV Light

This kit contains a battery operated ultra-violet light, an 8 ounce bottle of Glo Germ Gel, and a bottle of Glo Germ powder.

 

Additional Glo Kits on Amazon

Glo Germ Kits help bring the 'germs' to light for the children to see.

Glo Germ Mini Kit
Glo Germ Mini Kit

With the mini Glo Germ Kit you can teach up to 25 people the importance of hand washing.

Comes with one 2oz bottle of gel, a UV pen light and instruction manual,

 
Glo-Box Kit with Glo Germ Gel-Powder-Blacklight
Glo-Box Kit with Glo Germ Gel-Powder-Blacklight

This large Glo Box kit is a good size for teachers or trainers who may be doing multiple demonstrations.

Comes with a battery operated large UV light ultra-violet light, 8 oz bottle of Glo-Germ gel, and a 4 oz bottle of Glo-Germ powder.

 

Use Squid Soap

Teaching Children with SquidSoap

One fun way of teaching the skills is with SquidSoap. This liquid soap product provides a fun way for children (and lensmasters) to learn the proper way to wash their hands.

SquidSoap helps change behavior, so that over time good hand hygiene becomes a natural, unconscious action.

Bonus for Lensmasters

SquidSoap comes with a fun removable Squid toy (a must for any Squidoo Lensmaster).

How to Use SquidSoap

How to Use SquidSoap
How to Use SquidSoap

Squidsoap on Amazon

SoapTime STSS SquidSoap
SoapTime STSS SquidSoap

The unique inking soap dispenser helps teach children and others the proper hand washing technique. This new liquid hand soap dispenser, SquidSoap is a fun way for children (and grownups) to learn how to wash their hands.

SquidSoap helps change behavior, so that over time good hand hygiene becomes a natural, unconscious action. SquidSoap comes with a fun removable Squid toy (a must bonus for any Squidoo Lensmaster).

 

Resources for Using SquidSoap for Parents and Teachers

The SquidSoap manufacturers (Airborne) have a variety of educational materials that can be downloaded and used when teaching children how to wash hands.

Squidsoap, a unique inking soap dispenser, helps teach and train proper hand washing technique to children. For children (and those still young at heart) SquidSoap turns hand washing into a game.

When you press down on the top of the SquidSoap pump, the special ink marker puts a small ink mark on the hand with vegetable dye. After the mark dries, liquid soap can be dispensed from the soap dispenser pump.

Removing the ink spot takes a good 15-20 seconds of thorough hand washing, leaving the child (or adult) with very clean hands.

Most professionals recommend washing your hands for a good 15-20 seconds.

I've Been Inked!!!

"You Made Me Ink" from Finding Nemo on YouTube

Cleaner hands makes for healthier kids!

Using Hand Sanitizers

Hand Sanitizers and Kids

If soap and water are not available antimicrobial wipes or towelettes are just as effective as soap and water in cleaning your hands but aren't as good as alcohol-based sanitizers.

Alcohol-based sanitizers may be harder on young children's hands.

Pocket Bacs on eBay

One of my favorite hand sanitizers. I have one of these with me nearly all of the time. They've got scents that appeal to kids and a holder for easy attaching.

Pocket bac Holders on eBay

Part of the fun in using the Pocketbacs is that they come with so many cute holders that make it easy to clip to purses and backpacks, so you always have one with you.

How to Teach a Child to Cough

Teaching a child to cough is much like teaching an adult to cough--parents, teachers and other providers need to emphasize covering the cough and washing hands.

1. When Coughing or Sneezing:

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue.
  • Put your used tissue in the wastebasket.
  • If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve.
  • Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
2. Make sure to clean your hands after coughing or sneezing:

  • Wash with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cover Your Cough.

Image Source: CDC. Social Media Tools for Consumers and Partners. Government Website.

Teach a Child How to Cover a Cough

The Story Behind the Sleeve on YouTube

This video was made by a group of students for their Health Communications Class in 2008 at the Johns Hopkins School of public Health.

They show how coughing in your sleeve can greatly reduce the spread of germs and infectious disease.

Remember You're Fighting the Invisible Germs

Remember You're Fighting the Invisible Germs
Remember You're Fighting the Invisible Germs

Image Credits

Preventing Mr. Germ - The 'Mister Germ' Program. 2005. Hunter New England Area Health Service, Australia.

Washing Hands - Katherine. Washing Hands. Creative Commons. Some Rights Reserved.

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This lens benefits Save the Children, the leading independent organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children in need both in the United States and around the world

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What have you done to teach a child how to wash their hands and keep their hands clean?

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      ramonabeckbritman 3 years ago

      The Squid Soap is cool!

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @opatoday: Hope it helps you remember to keep washing your hands.

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      opatoday 4 years ago

      Amazing lens, I'm going to wash my hands now :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Magda2012: I think Squidsoap is interesting too. Fun way to get kids to wash their hands.

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      Magda2012 4 years ago

      Squidsoap is very interesting :) Children will love it.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Jogalog: They really are a fun way to visualize the germs.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love the idea of the Germ Glo kits. I think they'd really help teach children about germs in a fun way.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @anonymous: If the kids have fewer germs, so do the parents.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So important! Great page...

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Fridayonmymind LM: We'd definitely have fewer germs being passed around.

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      Fridayonmymind LM 4 years ago

      If only everyone would wash their hands! Great lens.

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      Carpenter76 4 years ago

      Nice lens! And I liked that Glo Germ Kit. That's nice to make it visible

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @GregoryMoore: I agree. Using a paper towel for the door handle is important to staying germ free.

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      Gregory Moore 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      My wife is an RN and is always preaching to my kids about hand washing.

      I wish all the people at work that don't wash their hands after using the restroom would read this lens. They have as much to learn as the kids do. I've never touched that door without a paper towel. Gross!

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      Good lens! useful for everyone

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @ATTHED LM: Thank you

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      ATTHED LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for a really interesting lens. I think example is really important, we all wash our hands together before meal times for example.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @drmork: Thank you

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      drmork 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens. Well done! Thanks for sharing.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @UKMarkWilliam: Thank you

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      UKMarkWilliam 4 years ago

      good one

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      DentalTalk 4 years ago

      Great article i especially like the ink applicator

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for the great information.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @NuttSoRuff: At least we can teach our children and grandchildren, so they don't spread the germs to the rest of us.

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      NuttSoRuff 4 years ago

      Very good to start them early - those habits will stick. When I was young, they didn't teach us this kind of stuff.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @montanatravel52: Good luck getting your kids to wash hands.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @Doc_Holliday: You are welcome.

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      montanatravel52 4 years ago

      GREAT ideas... I have 2 young kids and feel like I am CONSTANTLY trying to achieve the hand-washing lesson and goal, and I love the SquidSoap idea, as well as your others! Not giving up now, I have some new ideas thanks to you:)

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      There is a wealth of good information here. Thanks for sharing.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @CampingmanNW: You are welcome

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      CampingmanNW 4 years ago

      Nice lens...well written and ALL of the subject matter covered extensively. Thank you for all of the great information in one place.

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      James1978 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I am a little bit obsessive about washing my hands, and probably wash them at least 50 times a day. As a result of this, plus the fact that I work on a computer all day, I'm often told that I have hands like a woman :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great Lens and Topic its very important for children to learn about the dangers of germs, and how to deal with them before they spread. It very important and I know this being a mother. We had a very big patch with worms, I had to keep telling my daughter wash your hands after you use the toilet, before you eat, after you eat. The only trouble is... School, I can't be there! So hard to make them wash hand but very important to keep telling them, be patient with them and teach them!! thanks for this lens.

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      SpiritofChristmas 4 years ago

      A really comprehensive hand washing resource - great for parents. Thanks.

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      JennyBentle 4 years ago

      It's really important to start young and teach kids about germs. I have 2 kids and I started teaching them about how to sanitize and stay clean when they were very very young. Now it's second nature to them!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      This is a great information that every parent should read - you just can't say it enough! Soap and running water every time - prevention is better than cure.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @mariaamoroso: Too bad that the hand dryers that save paper, spread germs.

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      irenemaria 4 years ago from Sweden

      So important now when all the children get together in school again. Here in Sweden they have more and more taken away the warm wind hand dryers. They create germs! Use paper and throw it away in a special container.

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hello again :)

      I'm honored to be able to flutter past and sprinkle this bookmarked lens with some Squid Angel Dust....

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @Jogalog: You were probably a lot healthier for it.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      It's so important that children wash their hands. I think my mum used to scare me into doing it!

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      maryLuu 5 years ago

      I explained my son that every time we are returning in the house after going out, before eating and playing with animals we have to wash our hands.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @JoleneBelmain: Part of the reason that I've gone into the classrooms to teach about handd hygiene is that I didn't want to be catching whatever they were being exposed to at school.

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      JoleneBelmain 5 years ago

      We are always trying to teach the kids about being healthy, both with what they eat and also how they view hygiene. So many factors that need to be practiced, especially with so many new and mutated viruses and bacteria that are out in our environment now a days.

      ~BLESSED~

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @Craftypicks: I make sure we've found ways of finding cleaner restrooms. Gas station restrooms and portable ones are when I break out the bio hazard suits.

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      Lori Green 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      I was one of those crazy mothers who wanted to put their kids into a bio hazard suit before taking them into a public restroom. We were big on hand washing here. Great lens. I wish I had the powder back then.

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      ecoguy lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens! This is a great idea and for some reason it works!

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      mueedahmad 5 years ago

      I have never seen such a great lens about health ever before. You have done outstanding work in this lens that forces me to visit your more lenses.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is a pretty cool article, great way to tell our children how to wash and keep their hands off from germs.

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      This is a pretty cool article, great way to tell our children how to wash and keep their hands off from germs.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Great lens, and so important. All the kids remember Happy Birthday twice!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      The rest home where mum lives has a "germ metre" near the door. You can check to see if you have washed all the germs away before and after you visit.

      Love this lens! ~*~Blessings~*~

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Isn't it amazing how something some simple could prevent illness! I had an ex-boyfriend who would go to the bathroom and do a #1 or #2. He would not wash his hands. I taught my children how serious this was, because I threw him out of my house! He loved to stick his hands in your face rubbing it. How nasty was he? (LOL don't mean to be mean, I'm just telling the truth!)

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      Braeside Displays 5 years ago

      Great lens! A lot of good resources here for worried parents. The videos are great for showing to younger kids at school, maybe!

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      BestRatedStuff 5 years ago

      Useful lens. Well done, I love the way you put the info.

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      AnimalHouse 5 years ago

      Useful lens. It is important that we know, specially our kids, how to wash hands properly.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Glo Germ idea is useful, but I wonder how many little boys would think that its so cool, that they would deliberately get their hands ever more dirty for the fun of it :(

      I love the SquidSoap with the removable Squid toy for Lensmasters - What a great find!

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      AlexiaLynn 5 years ago

      Absolutely love it! The UV germ idea is brilliant! I will be talking to my sons school about maybe doing a donation jar to supply this to the students!

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      JeanJohnson LM 5 years ago

      I like to always make sure my kids wash their hands, especially when they come home from school. Really enjoyed this lens.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      SquidSoap - now that's fun! The GloGerm detector is really cool. My grandkids do a pretty good job with handwashing and cough covering. They like to play in the sink so I let that be party of the handwash routine when they're at home.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

      We always teach with Glo Germ (fluorescent germ simulation). Kids and adults love to see the simulation germs on their hands and enjoy trying to get rid of them through hand washing. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow impressed with the glo germ kit! Nice idea to teach my youngest 2 when they are old enough to understand.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I spend a lot of money on soap, because my little one loves washing her hands. (and a lot of other things...) I don't say too much, because I am happy she stays clean. Will show her this lens, she'll be happy.

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      LouisaDembul 5 years ago

      I spend a lot of money on soap, because my little one loves washing her hands. (and a lot of other things...) I don't say too much, because I am happy she stays clean. Will show her this lens, she'll be happy.

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      LewesDE 5 years ago

      Great lens. I hope you make more of them!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens, Thanks for the information

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      CherryTriggerCola 5 years ago

      This is very informative and it's a good way for parents to remember to by teaching their kids. Great lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Teaching kids requires a lot of trips to the bathroom, in which I insist on hand washing. I have seen the Squidsoap inkspot, but cannot seem to find where I can buy it.

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      squidshe 5 years ago

      Wash them for more than a few seconds, I believe it's a full 15 seconds.

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      AnnaleeBlysse 5 years ago

      What's hard is teaching adults!

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      BestToysReviews 5 years ago

      My children love to wash their hands because that means they can play with water :D

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      Chocolate Pickney 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Great lens, Thanks for the extra information... I didn't know there was a squidsoap...kool

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      chelseamarsden 5 years ago

      It's good to teach our children about hygiene when they are young. When they start out right, it will benefit them for life.

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      tcorbs 5 years ago

      My daughter is in Girl Guides and they actually talked and did a demonstration about hand washing where they used a special light to show the girls the germs on your hands even after you've washed them, if you haven't spent enough time doing so. I invite you to visit my lens about water filtration, a great way to go green!

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      sherel57 6 years ago

      This squidoo was well written and laid out. The information is very useful. I enjoyed reading it.

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      NAnand 6 years ago

      You can never stress hygene and cleanliness enough. For children and adults. Great lense.

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      This is an amazing lens, thank you so much for the brilliant information!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, this is such an extensive and detailed lens making it a wonderful resource for teaching children (and adults) the important of washing hands.

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      LensSeller 6 years ago

      What an outstanding lens! This is a must read for parents with young kiddies.

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      lbos114 6 years ago

      I have my serve safe and just noticed this n took a look... I love it! The Squid stuff was fun wasn't expecting that at all, very clever, enjoyed it much!

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      OrganicMom247 6 years ago

      Very nice lens. I like the Ink Applicator. That's a fun way to clean your hands. :)

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What a helpful and educational lens! Lensrolling to my Food Coloring Pages lens.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      thank you for these marvelous suggestions! can never overemphasize the necessity to teach our children the clean and healthy way of living! cheers

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      masunyoananda 6 years ago

      Really...this is a great lens....love n blessings............

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Great article. It brought back memories when I was working in surgery and teaching interns how to scrub. Everyone should read this article and share it with someone else. I really like the squid soap too.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you for this wonderful lens to help our children (and everyone else) healthy! You have fabulous tips! :)

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      Absolutely love the squid soap and makes washing a game, great for kids.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Very important subject! I have two boys who have OCD so they go from one extreme to another! It can be very frustrating!!! lol!!! The little one especially... one moment he has the worst hygiene and then we get on to him over it and then he is over doing the washing. *sigh* Great lens! Blessed by an Angel.

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      desilegend 7 years ago

      Great lens! I need to get one squid soap 4 my kid...

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Great advice here, especially during flu season.

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      motorpurrr 8 years ago

      Shoot! There's adults that need to learn about germs. Neat squid soap. The hospital I went in last month had a soap dispenser out side of every room. Thanx

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      Child_Health 8 years ago

      Great lens! You've put together a lot of helpful information here. I'd love for you to visit my lens and say hello when you have the chance.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      I love the inkspot on the top of the Squidsoap. It reminds me of the dye used to see if you brushed your teeth well enough. It sounds like lots of fun.

      Thank you for joining Unit Studies: Fun, Active, and Creative Learning where we all wash our hands frequently.

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      CounselMom 9 years ago

      Oh! I had forgotten all about SquidSoap...I think I need to invest in it. :) Thanks.

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      herbie66 9 years ago

      Welcome to the 'Pregnancy and Baby' Group

      ( http://www.squidoo.com/groups/pregnancy-baby )

      5 stars for your great lens!

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      Barkely 9 years ago

      Love the squid soap. Thanks for adding this lens to the Fun For Kids Group.