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Washing hands


Washing hands

What to do with this activity?

Make everyday routines fun -  like washing hands. Show your child how to switch a tap on and off, use the soap, rinse and dry their hands. It's a great idea to get your child into the habit of washing their hands before meals and after going to the toilet. Make it fun with these silly songs.

The first rhyme is sung to the tune "Row, row, row your boat".
Wash, wash, wash your hands, get them very clean.
Do the rub, do the scrub, germs are very mean.
Wash, wash, wash your hands, we should do it twice.
Do the rub, do the scrub, germs are very mean.

Listen here if you don't know the tune.

The second rhyme is sung to the tune of "Frere Jacques".
Top and bottom, top and bottom.
In between, in between.
Scrub them all together, scrub them all together.
Now they're clean! Squeaky clean!

Click here if you don't know the tune.



  • Why am I doing this?

    One of the ways children learn is through play. A child who is playing is refining learning skills that continue to develop during childhood and beyond. "Pretend play" is important for developing your child's language skills. Children make up their own games, but playing games with others helps their concentration and social skills. Play can also help to show what children know and understand.

  • How can I do more?

    Spending time playing with your child is a great way of helping them learn. Games like "Simon says" and "One, two, three red lights" are great fun. There are lots of activities you can do like playing card games or board games when you can have a quiet time together. Your child can learn the rules by watching a dry run first. Then you can play for real. An important thing to learn is that you don't always win. It can be good for young children to win, to give them confidence but learning to lose is important too. There will be many times in life when you don't win and learning to cope with that is a good life skill you can teach your child too. 

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