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How to Encourage Kids to Wash Hands During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated: Mar 13, 2020

"Go wash your hands!", "Go wash your hands", "Have you washed your hands?" You find yourself repeating the above statements over and over again. And your kids are still running around the house, ignoring what you just said.

Children, in general, finds it difficult to comprehend the severity of the COVID-19 and it is up to parents to educate them about it. Parents can teach children how to keep clean and be healthy during this stressful period, like washing hands frequently, eat vitamins and stay indoor.

The best way for parents to get children to wash their hands is to wash them TOGETHER. Make it a fun parent-child activity because which kid doesn't like a little splash and bubble play right? All you need is thirty-seconds, and you can create a meaningful engagement with your child.

Hand washing does not have to be a mundane chore for children! Below are some easy and fun handwashing tips for you.

1. Choose an action based nursery rhyme to pair up with handwashing, like Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Wheels on the Bus,or Incy Wincy Spider. Remember, it has to be at least 30 seconds long to kill germs. So spice it up! Children love a little action and fun!

2. Incorporate these Five steps - Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse and Dry into the song.

3. Most importantly, praise! Compliment children for washing their hands.

Let's keep clean and stay healthy together!

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