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Wash the Germs!

preschooler washing hands

Want to make germs disappear? Try this!

  1. Put a small amount of hand lotion or petroleum jelly on hands. This represents body oils.
  2. Sprinkle with a little bit of cinnamon. This represents germs.
  3. Then have your child try to wash with just cold water (no soap), and…
  4. Then just warm water (no soap).

What happens when you wash with cold water and no soap?

What happens when you wash with warm water and no soap?

Now add soap and warm water, then scrub, making sure all parts of the hands are washed—the backs of hands, and in between fingers, etc. Watch the germs disappear!

Sing the ABC song or Happy Birthday while washing. When the song is finished, it’s time to rinse!

Concerned about your child’s development?

Call Pennsylvania’s CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288 for information about your child’s development and connecting to Early Intervention services in Pennsylvania.

Call Child Care Works Helpline at 1-877-4-PA-KIDS (1-877-472-5437) for information about finding, paying for and other concerns related to child care.

Learn more about these Helplines