Age

⚙ 3 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Any time of year

⚙ Indoors 

Materials 

⚙ Water

⚙  Different kinds of soaps (e.g., bar, liquid) and soap dispensers (e.g., pump, squeeze bottle)                            

Optional Materials 

​⚙ Recycled materials (e.g., plastic container, milk carton) 

 

Safety 

⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙ Make sure soaps are safe for young children

Instructions 

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. 

Play-based Context

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

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