Posts Tagged ‘hand washing’

Don’t Hand Those Germs to Me!

Thursday, June 16th, 2016

germsMiss Pat noticed that Hector came in from recess with dirty hands and an open snack, which he continued to eat with his dirty hands. Oh no, thought Miss Pat, all those germs going into his mouth!

Before Miss Pat could speak to him, he scooped some snack with his hands and gave it to Willie, who put it in his mouth.

UGH, thought Miss Pat. No matter how many times I talk to them about when and why it is important to wash their hands…they forget. They forget about how germs are spread.

I know, she thought, it is time to visit the US Center for Disease Control, CDC, website that has a great graphic showing children how germs are spread.

Miss Pat called the class to order and asked everyone to focus on the White Board. Then she clicked on:

Dont Hand Those Germs to Me

The “Can Dos” stared at the graphic from the CDC. They couldn’t believe their eyes! It was so easy just to hand germs to others! It was also so easy to get germs from others who did wash their hands often.

The class got quiet. Then Hector and a few others raised their hands and asked to go wash their hands.

Great, thought Miss Pat. They got the message from the CDC graphic…it is so easy to spread germs!


Germs Hate Soap and Water

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Germs are those things that can make you sick. They are so small you need a microscope to see them. They live lots of places. One of the best ways to protect yourself from germs is to wash your hands well and often. Here are a  some of the  times you should you wash your hands, can you think of any others?

  • before eating
  • after using the bathroom
  • after blowing your nose
  • after touching pets 
  • coming in from playing outside
  • before and after visiting someone who is sick

Here is the a good way to wash your hands:

  • Use warm water
  • Use  soap
  • Work up lather on both sides of your hands, your wrists, and between your fingers. Wash around your nails. Wash as long as it takes you to sing Happy Birthday slowly.
  • Rinse the soap off until your hands look clear and feel clean of soap. Dry your hands with a clean towel or a clean paper towel.
  • Be sure to turn the water off.
  • If you are using a paper towel, be sure to throw it in the trash when you finish drying your hands.