Yucky germs, nobody wants them, and one of the best ways to protect ourselves from them is to keep our hands clean, but how do you get kids to develop good hand washing habits? Getting your kids to wash their hands regularly, or to use PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer when soap and water isn’t available can seem like a never-ended battle, but with persistence and creativity maintaining good hand washing or sanitizing habits can be formed. If you make washing hands fun for kids they are more likely to turn a dreaded chore into a fun habit.
If you are looking for way to get your kids to wash their hands here are hand washing tips to make washing hands fun for kids.
Sing a song
We have a washing your hands song, it’s crazy, fun, and even has a little shaking of the hips! My kids love to sing and dance, if they had it their way we would go for a 2nd round on the song and dance.
If you want them to keep their hands clean they need to see you do it too. Lead by example, if your kids see you wash your hands they are more likely to keep their hands clean.
Set up a chart, and every time your kids wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer they get a star or check mark. Once they reach a certain amount of washes, or use hand sanitizer they get a reward.
Let Them Decorate Their Footstool
If they cannot easily reach the sink, buy them a footstool so they can wash their hands without any help. If you children are anything like mine, they will love the independence, and will appreciate it if you let them decorate their own footstool.
My daughter loves to let her rubber ducky float around in the sink while she washes her hands. She lets the sink fill up while she is washing and watcher her ducky slowly go up with the water.
White towel test
I know, white and kids is a huge NO, but if you allow them to use a wet towel and see all that dirt it helps them have a better understanding of why we wash our hands. My youngest daughter is a hand-washing freak because of this.
Explain Germs In a Fun Story
Talk to them, tell them about germ, what they are, and how we protect ourselves from them. Kids understand, and have likely seen a germ commercial so they picture germs as big, yucky things. Make sure they know they need to wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer like PURELL® to keep them off. You can also tell them a fun little story about germs so they have a better understanding of why hand washing is important
Let’s face it we cannot carry soap and water in our handbag, and most kids LOVE hand sanitizer. Did you know that studies have shown using PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, 3x a day for 30 day can actually help reduce your risk of getting sick! It’s a win-win situation when there isn’t soap and water around.
Turn your hand sanitizer into a lean mean germ fighting sanitizer
If you have followed for a while you might have read our post – Scared of the Dark? 5 Tips To Help Your Children Sleep Better At Night. We had a tip about turning lavender spray into Monster Spray, and this one is very similar. Since kids see TV commercials about germs, they likely know they are bad. Why not make protecting himself or herself fun, turn sanitizer into “Germ Hanizier”, and make a cool fun label. I will typically make the label, and act as if I bought it from the store so they know it’s the good stuff, lol. Which makes me feel good because I know it’s the good stuff, PURELL®
Join The PURELL® and the Advanced 30-Day Challenge!
Start by making keeping hands clean a habit with the PURELL® and the Advanced 30-Day Challenge! It’s a fun way to create those healthy habits, and get our kids washing hands, especially becasue school starts soon, and the winter months will be here before we know it.
WOW, my kids love to play in the dirt, and rarely think about washing their hands. Between my husband and I we must tell the kids to wash their hands 20 times a day. Do you ever fight with your kids about washing their hands?
Did you know that studies have shown using PURELL® Hand Sanitizer, 3x a day for 30 day can actually help reduce your risk of getting sick! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other leading health organization, proper hand hygiene is one of the most important preventive measures we can take to help reduce our risk of infection and illness. I don’t carry soap and water around in my handbag, but I do carry around a bottle of PURELL®, which in my opinion is the next best thing. See when you don’t have soap or water around, you can use a hand sanitizer which contains at least 60% alcohol. However, remember if your hands are visibly dirty it’s best to head for the bathroom and use soap and water, but the new PURELL® Advanced Sanitizing Wipes can also help remove dirt when you cannot find soap and water.
How awesome is that? BLAH, who wants to get sick! Are you ready to join me for the 30 days of fun and prizes! Oh, yes the PURELL® Advanced 30-Day Challenge is not only your chance to start healthy habits, but to win prizes doing it, as well as show off your creativity.
About The PURELL® and the Advanced 30-Day Challenge
- Swing by PURELL® on Facebook or visit them on their website here to register for the promotion!
- Download the list of challenges, and get everyone involved. Remember to have fun, and be creative!
- Check back daily to complete another challenge, and check out other challenges in the gallery.
- Share the promotion with everyone on Facebook, Pinterest, Google +, and Twitter to score even more chances to win!
Here is a breakdown of how the points will work:
- One (1) entry when you visit PURELL® on their Facebook Page or their Website to register for the promotion
- One (1) entry for every friend who registers for the PURELL® and the Advanced 30-Day Challenge (limit entries is 10)
- One (1) entry every time you swing by and visit the each PURELL® Advanced 30-Day Challenge page on Facebook or at when you visit Purell.com/30daychallenge (one visit per day)
- 5 entries for videos, 2 entries for photos and 1 entry per story read
PURELL® and the Advanced 30-Day Challenge Prizes
- Sixty-three (63) daily winners will get awesome PURELL® Advanced products!
- Eight (8) Weekly winners will receive $100 Visa Gift Card!
- Thirty (30) grand prize winner will receive a Healthy Family Prize Pack, which will include a variety of fun, healthy habit-forming gifts!
Sounds pretty cool right, but they also have a cool Well Network™ Loyalty Program!
PURELL® Well Network™ Loyalty Program
Did you know PURELL has a brand new loyalty program, which promotes healthy habits, and offers member a chance to earn point to be used on awesome prizes? You can join by visiting PURELL.com or their Facebook page. Members can earn points for things such as:
- Sharing info via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and other social forms.
- Engaging with education content on PURELL.com
- Viewing video
- Inviting your friends and family
Members will not only have access to fabulous prizes, but sweepstakes, product information, and special offers too!
So what are you waiting for? Don’t miss out, now is the time to head over and register at PURELL30DayChallenge.com or on their Facebook Page, as well as being social with them on Pinterest, and Twitter.