This post was sponsored by GOJO Industries, the makers of PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer. The opinions expressed are completely my own based on my experience.
I’m sure you remember me starting the PURELL 30-day challenge last month, well the 30 days are finished and I am really happy about the habits that my kids formed. In the past 30 days, we used PURELL products three times a day especially when washing our hands wasn’t immediately possible such as while eating on the go, after playing at the playground and whenever we touched something with a bit of an “ick” factor. I’m really happy that now that we are heading into the winter germ season, we’ve improved our hand hygiene habits to protect ourselves. It’s been interesting, but I noticed a few things that changed about the kids:
- They started to wait for me to clean their hands with PURELL products before they got down to their food in the car. I used to have to remind them to wait in the past, but now they actually give me the “hurry up mommy we want to eat so clean our hands look”
- The Princess Fairy is very conscious of how other people sneeze and cough and may call them out on it. I’m working on her not calling out strangers, but it’s very interesting to see how aware she is of how germs spread and avoiding it while educating others. She coughs and sneezes into a tissue or her sleeve if a tissue isn’t available and she immediate cleans her hands and throws the tissue away. She is also aware that it’s important not to put toys and pencils in her mouth as these may carry germs.
I may or may not have turned her into a germaphobe with this icky germs craft for kids that I used to teach her more about germs and how they spread. Crafts are always a great way to get kids to naturally learn more about germs.
To make our Icky Germs Craft we used:
- Colored Paper
- Pipe cleaners
- Wiggle eyes
- Pictures of germs
- Make an outline of hands on paper, if your child is young you may have to help them with this.
- Cut out fun shapes on different colors of paper. Try to use colors that will stand out on the color that you used for the hands.
- Glue the shapes onto the hands where you believe germs would be.
- Allow glue to dry.
- Glue eyes to the shapes.
- Cut pipe cleaners and use for the mouth or other parts of the germs.
Make sure to have fun with this and educate your kids on the importance of washing their hands or using hand sanitizer or wipes to get rid of icky germs.
You can display this craft somewhere in your home where they will be reminded of the importance of keeping hands clean by using PURELL products and/or washing their hands.
How do you encourage your kids to clean their hands?