⚙ 3 years and up
Time and Place
⚙ Any time of day
⚙ Any time of year
⚙ Different kinds of soaps (e.g., bar, liquid) and soap dispensers (e.g., pump, squeeze bottle)
⚙ Recycled materials (e.g., plastic container, milk carton)
⚙ Supervise children at all times
⚙ Make sure soaps are safe for young children
When children get their hands dirty (e.g., after outside play or finger painting), offer a variety of soaps and encourage them to get their hands as clean as they can.
Most young children enjoy getting their hands dirty. With encouragement, many children also enjoy exploring the textures and smells of soap.
Questions You May Ask
⚙ Why do you need to wash your hands even if they don't look dirty?
⚙ Where could you wash your hands?
⚙ What do you need to wash your hands?
⚙ What do you [hear, feel, smell] while you are washing your hands?
⚙ What areas of your hands are the hardest to clean? Why?
⚙ What type of soap works best to get [sand, dirt, paint] off of your hands?
Related Children's Books
⚙ Scrubba Dub, Carlos by Stuart J. Murphy
⚙ Wash Your Hands! by Tony Ross
⚙ Wash, Wash, Wash! by Pamela Chanko