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How to get your kids to wash their hands with ease

How can you get your kids to wash their hands? Here’s a tip for you below in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

kid washing his hands

This morning as I stood in the nursery reception, I was surrounded by sneezes, snotty noses, coughs and colds. The temptation to just go home and hibernate instead of going to work was strong.

As the parents of a young tactile sensory seeker, that’s a child who touches everything, H and I go through a lot during the colder months. Only last week it was chickenpox that kept us housebound, this week it’s Coronavirus.

kid washing his hands

We all know there are many ways to prevent catching bugs, from washing our hands to avoiding close contact with sick people. Keeping the house well ventilated can help eliminate damp conditions where bacteria and viruses thrive.

However, while good handwashing habits can help stop the spread of Coronavirus, getting little C to do it is proving a challenge.

Each evening H and I return home from work to a grubby child. His clothes are stripped off him and bundled into the washing machine. Previously we would nag him to wash his hands, but that has all changed, thanks to his very clever nursery worker.

While we were trying all sorts of tactics on the home front, even placing coloured soap with sparkles in it on the sink. All it took was some creative thinking and ingenuity to drive the message home with a glitter germs experiment.

What you need:

A dish, water, soap and glitter.

First of all, pour water into the dish and sprinkle glitter over the surface. When soap is added to the dish, the germs (glitter) move away.

A little bit of a pep talk about how soap gets rid of germs – and voila! We now have a child who loves to wash his hands … and talks non-stop about the importance of getting rid of germs. Why not try it?

Check out some of little C’s grubby activities here!


Saffron and Cyrus is a Newcastle-based family lifestyle blog, covering diversity, self-care, days out, travel, reviews, recipes and more from our family life.
The blog is written by new mum over 40, Aranda, with input from hubby H and four-year-old Cyrus.

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