Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Hand Washing Song


Little kids and germy hands go together like peanut butter and jelly.  We all know hand washing is immensely important for deterring the creeping crud of various kinds.  


Have you ever watched a young child wash hands?  Here are the steps:  1. Start the water running.  2. Get a big handful of soap.  3. Scrub hands together under the running water.   4. Fling the water everywhere.  5. Dry hands--or not.


They don't even realize they haven't really cleaned their hands thoroughly.  Maybe no one has ever taken the time to teach them how to do it properly.  We can't assume they'll catch on to it on their own.  Below is a cornball song I wrote to help them learn to do it well.  It goes to the tune of "Clementine."


Hand Washing Song

                     Get the dirt off.  Scrub the germs off.
                     I know how to get hands clean.
                     First I wet them.  Then I soap them.
                     Then begin to get them clean.
                     I scrub the top side of my left hand.
                     Next I scrub the right side’s top.
                     Rub and rub your palms together
                     When they’re clean, it’s time to stop.
                     I scrub between each of my fingers
                     While my palm is facing down.
                     Turn them over.  Do the same thing,
                     With the top side facing down.
                     Now it’s time to clean my fingernails.
                     Scrub around them with my thumb.
                     Rinse the soap off and then dry them.
                     Hands are clean, and I am done. 
                                                                                                     ©Jill E. Steeley, A Little Red Wagon                          



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