Proper handwashing and hygiene is so important for health and safety. So teaching our kids how to take care of themselves properly is just as important. These personal hygiene worksheets for kids will help parents do just that. Use these fun and simple worksheets to start the conversation with your kids.
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There’s nothing better than basic soap and water to help us stay clean and healthy. But sometimes, our kids develop a dislike for washing up. We have to remind, model and teach them not only why it’s important, but how to maintain their personal hygiene.
Recommended Personal Hygiene Books for Kids
Start with some of these fun books. There’s nothing better than exploring the grossness of the human body to hook a child’s interest in learning more about staying clean. And it’s always appealing to be a little more grown up, for kids, so encouraging them in better hygiene is easy. It’s even easier if you teach them WHY it’s so important to stay clean: so we don’t get sick!
How to Be a Big KidHygiene… You Stink! (Building Relationships)Cutie Sue Fights the Germs: An Adorable Children’s Book About Health and Personal Hygiene (Cutie Sue Series)My Personal Hygiene: My first book, childrens book. Ages 3-8Hygiene Heroes! My Personal Hygiene Book :: Kids Hygiene Book. WE CAN TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES! WE CAN DO IT! HOW ‘BOUT YOU?Teach Your Dragon Good Hygiene: Help Your Dragon Start Healthy Hygiene Habits. A Cute Children Story To Teach Kids Why Good Hygiene Is Important Socially and Emotionally. (My Dragon Books)
Personal hygiene refers to all those activities that we do every day to stay clean and healthy. From washing your hands to taking a bath, it’s all part of a regular healthy routine. You can teach your children how to brush their teeth properly, how to blow their nose and how to stay healthy in mind and body.
Don’t forget to teach those things we often take for granted, like clipping your nails or flossing. Sometimes we forget that these are learned skills, not just absorbed or instinctive. It’s easy to assume that they’ll just “know” but it’s much better to take the time to teach our kids all the specific skills that help them take care of themselves.
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Why do we need to wash your hands with soap
Disinfectants, sanitizers and old-fashioned soap — what’s the difference? And why can’t you just use water to rinse off the dirt off your hands? Because just plain water doesn’t get the invisible gunk like germs off skin!
And things like disinfectants and sanitizers can not only irritate the skin, they don’t kill all the germs, and they don’t get rid of things like chemicals or oils that can be dangerous to your health too.
But the research shows that washing with plain old soap and warm water, for 20 seconds, gets your hands clean. Soap doesn’t actually kill the germs. It just gets rid of them! That’s because soap molecules are slippery little things that stick to both oils and grease and water. The oil of your skin traps the germs, and the soap connects to the oil. When you rinse everything off, the soap, oil and germs all go down the drain.
It takes a good lather to help get all the germs, which is why the recommendation is 20 seconds. Teach your child fun songs to help them remember to wash thoroughly and get all the yucky dirt off their hands.
Make it easy and entertaining, and they’ll not only learn faster but remember it longer.
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