Theme of the Week: Hygiene for Preschoolers

30/03/2020

A new week has begun, we will focus our learning on health and hygiene for pre-school age children. Children can pick up on the concerns we have in relation to the spread of the corona virus. These activities may help to inform them in a way that they can understand the importance of good hygiene without fear.

1. Handwashing craft idea- sign to remind us
2. Handwashing pepper germ experiment
3. Tracing- pre-writing skills printable- Brushing Time
4. Model Mouth Activity
5. Song- Brush your teeth
6. Make your own tooth fairy
7. Hand washing demonstration
8. Meet Rufus and Learn about Hand washing
9. Colour me in- Germs are not for sharing
10. The sneezing song

1. Make Your Own Kitchen Handwashing Sign

We all need reminding sometimes about the importance of hand washing and making a sign for your kitchen or bathroom will help remind children to hand wash each time as they identify their own craft.

What you will need:

· Red colored card (or red paper glued onto a cereal box)
· Other coloured paper options or white paper and coloured paint
· Glue
· Marker

Method:

· Draw an Octogon on the red paper and cut out.
· To the make the hands, child can trace around their hand onto the page.
· Cut out hand shape.
· Paint hand shapes if drawn on white paper)
· Glue hands to red Octagon
· Parent can write in detail:
‘Did you wash your hands?
Hand washing stops the spread of germs.’

2. Handwashing pepper germ experiment

This simple experiment using liquid soap, water and pepper shows the importance of why we use soap when handwashing. The pepper acts like germs or the purpose of this experiment.

What you will need:

· Liquid hand soap
· A hand towel
· Some water
· A sprinkle of black pepper (or another spice)
· Two bowls

Method:

Step 1:
Add water to bowl, add pinch of pepper.
Step 2:
Invite child to dip finger into bowl and observe reaction. The pepper/germs will not move and may stick to the child’s finger.
Step 3:
Add water to second bowl and add pinch of pepper.
Step 4:
Dip child’s finger in liquid soap. Dip soapy finger into bowl.
Observe the pepper/germs move away from finger.

This demonstrates the importance of using soap when washing hands.

3. Tracing exercise- encourages pre-writing skills

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4. Model Mouth Craft Activity

Exploring teeth, dentists, and related topics helps children begin to understand the importance of caring for themselves.

What you will need:

· Paper (pink and red)
· Mini marshmallows
· Glue
· Scissors

Method:

Step 1:
Cut the pink paper into the shape of a mouth. Then cut a tongue and glue it.
Step 2:
Draw circles where the marshmallow teeth will go.
Step 3:
Squeeze or paint the glue into each circle.
Step 4:
Add marshmallows!

While drying, have your child practice counting them. If you want to be technical, you could shape some of the marshmallows to look like real teeth.

5. Song – Brush Your Teeth

Brush Your Teeth

Brush Your Teeth, Up and Down
Brush Your Teeth, Round and Round
Brush Your Teeth from left to right

Brush Your Teeth in the morning and night.
Brush, Brush, Brush,
Brush, Brush, Brush,
Brush Your Teeth in the morning and night.
Brush Your Teeth to keep them white,
Brush Your Teeth so your smile is bright
Brush Your Teeth it’s so much fun
Brush Your Teeth when the days begun.
Brush, Brush, Brush,
Brush, Brush, Brush,
Brush Your Teeth when the days begun.
Brush Your Teeth just open wide
Brush Your Teeth from side to side
Brush Your Teeth you sleepy head,

Brush Your Teeth before you go to bed.
Brush, Brush, Brush,
Brush, Brush, Brush,
Brush your teeth before you go to bed.

6. Make your own tooth fairy

All the mums and dads have been stocking up on toilet rolls over the past few weeks. Here is a craft idea on the topic of teeth that will use up the holders.

What you will need:

· A toilet paper tube,
· A printer,
· A piece of paper,
· Some crayons,
· Scissors,
· Glue
· Any decorations like sequins, glitter, ribbon etc.

Method:

· Print the template or cut out wings from card.
· Color and decorate the wings.
· Colour and decorate the body of the fairy (toilet paper tube). As she is the tooth fairy think about having a tooth included in the design.
· Glue the wings onto the body.
· Print the head template and colour/ draw your own.
· Glue the head to the front of the tube.
· Glue on the mouth, arms, shoes and wand.

Fairy Template:

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7. Hand Washing Experiment

What you will need:

· Regular pair of gloves
· Any colour paint

Method:

Step 1:
Put on gloves.
Step 2:
Rub colored paint on palm of hands and do the usual movements involved in hand washing.

Step 3:
Observe the parts of the gloves not covered by the paint. These parts are the areas that would not have been washed if you were washing your hands this way.

8. Meet Rufus and Learn about Hand washing

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland have resources available to teach proper handwashing and the importance of hygiene.

The story book is available online and teaches children about the key times to wash their hands:

click here

Rufus also has a fun song about hand washing:

To the tune of row, row, row the boat
“Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Thumbs and fingers too,
Rinse and then make sure they’re dry,
That’s the thing to do!”

Print out the poster and put it up over the sink so the children can follow the five steps for hand washing:

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Make puppets of the characters from the storybook using the templates and lolly pop sticks:

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Print out and Colour Rufus:

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9. Colour me in

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10. The Sneezing Song

The Sneezing Song

When you feel like somethings tickling your nose
And you really, really, really wanna sneeze
Don’t hold it back, that’s the way it goes
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze

Don’t be shy, don’t be shy
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze
Wipe your nose, wipe your nose
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze

When you’re sniffing all the flowers and you’re playing in the sun
And you really really, really, really wanna sneeze
You can cover up your mouth, wash your hands when you’re done
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze

Don’t be shy, don’t be shy
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze
Wipe your nose, wipe your nose
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze

If you’re allergic or you’re sick or you’re tickled by a feather
And you really really, really, really wanna sneeze
Don’t worry too much it could just be the weather
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze
Don’t be shy, don’t be shy
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze
Wipe your nose, wipe your nose
When you really really, really, really wanna sneeze