As a parent, it’s always anxious to look after children everyday. Just after bathing, the child immediately went down again playing sand behind the house. It’s good, for the learning process, but what if the activity actually becomes a den of germs?

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Telling children about cleanliness is sometimes difficult. Parents are sometimes confused about what they should behave. Forbidding this play will certainly dim his creativity, but in his heart is also anxious when the child’s whole body is dirty from playing mud. The key is to let the child play what he wants, but still provide him with hygiene tips.

Start with the introduction of germs

First of all, parents can get children used to regular hand washing. This might not be easy. You need to explain to him why washing hands is important, one of which is by teaching children about germs. Surely they will wonder what kind of germ it is.

The danger of not washing your hands is that germs can nest in the body. Then, how to explain this to him? Making fun activities to explain germs seems easier for children to understand. Here’s how:

  1. The game will be more fun when played in a crowd, the more children the better.
  2. Gather children in a room complete with furniture.
  3. Prepare hand sanitizer and glitter powder in several colors.
  4. Put the hand sanitizer into the hands of one child as much as two drops, wipe the entire hand.
  5. Before drying, take enough glitter powder and place it in the child’s palm.
  6. Rub both hands so that the glitter is evenly distributed throughout the palm of the hand
  7. Explain to children, glitter powder is likened to germs in the palm of the hand. It should also be explained that in reality germs cannot be seen with the eyes.
  8. Then invite the child to shake the other child’s hand. Also invite the child to touch objects around him.
  9. Do it alternately. If different children, distinguish the color of glitter used.
  10. After each child tries, invite them to pay attention to the glitter in the palms and surrounding objects.

Child’s palms will have glitter in different colors, as well as objects in the room he had touched. In the same way the spread of germs occurs through the hands. Through hands, germs transfer to other hands, objects that are touched, can even get into the food and mouth when not washing hands before eating.

To get rid of the ‘germ’ glitter on a child’s hand, the thing to do is wash your hands. Say that proper hand washing removes germs on the hands, thereby preventing the spread of germs from moving to another place.

How to wash hands properlyEncourage children to wash their hands properly. What is it like? Washing hands is recommended by using anti-soap. Put soap in the palm of the hand, flow the water flowing over it while rubbing it all over the palms and fingers. When it’s clean, close the tap using the elbow. Dry your hands using a cloth, towel or disposable cloth.

Encourage children to wash their hands properly. What is it like? Washing hands is recommended by using anti-soap. Put soap in the palm of the hand, flow the water flowing over it while rubbing it all over the palms and fingers. When it’s clean, close the tap using the elbow. Dry your hands using a cloth, towel or disposable cloth.

Washing hands can be done before and after eating, after playing, after using the toilet, after sneezing, after playing with pets, and after contacting with trash.

In addition, encourage children to pay attention that the “germ” glitter that was in their hands, will disappear after washing their hands properly. The same is true for germs. Although invisible, germs will disappear by themselves if children wash their hands properly.

Getting children to wash their hands properly is a challenge. But don’t despair, because that means parents need to be more creative. Try to introduce germs in a fun and enjoyable way so that they can be more accepted and carried out in the daily life of children. Thus, you do not need to worry when children play dirty every day because they have washed their hands.

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