Global Handwashing Day is today, October 15, 2013.
It should come as no surprise that we at WORX would like you to celebrate Global Handwashing Day with us today – we are, after all, very fond of keeping your hands clean!
As the days are getting shorter and the temperature is dropping, the best way to combat the spread of the illnesses that can be so common in winter is washing your hands with regular soap and water. This is especially important for parents of school-age children, who face the dreaded “cold and flu” season of illness being shared from school to home and back again.
We take your hand health seriously, but we like to have a little fun with it, as well (have you seen our recent ads in Plumbing and HVAC, Canadian Technician, Today’s Trucking, or The Fabricator?). You should, too. If only because today is Global Handwashing Day.
So here are a few fun ways to get younger kids interested in washing their hands properly:
- Get dirty! Playing with fingerpaints is a great way to show kids how to wash their hands properly. Pretend the paint is made up of germs, and make sure it’s all washed away before going to play somewhere else, or you can smear germs over everything and get other people sick.
- Get bubbly! Half the fun in washing your hands is playing with the bubbles, so find a high-foaming cleanser (a quick look in the children’s hygiene section of most stores should net you an inexpensive foaming wash for children) and see who can make the best foam gloves, or the best beard, etc. If washing up isn’t a chore, it’s easier to make it a regular habit.
- Make your own soap! Gather up all the little cakes of old bars of soap, and put them together in wacky designs. You can either melt the soaps in a muffin pan (using wax paper to line the tins) to create new, solid bars (customized by your children!) or make a powder soap by grating or smashing the remaining bars and mixing them together. Different colour soaps can make an attractive design in a clear container, plus it’s functional!
- Play Pin the Germ on the Hand! Identical to “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” but using designed-for-children images of germs and a giant hand. You can do this with marker instead of magnets or tape, and actually get to wash the germs off at the end!
These are just a few activities to get kids involved and interested in hand washing. The more we promote hand hygiene at a younger age, the healthier our future will be – so have fun!