Participate in Global Handwashing Day.

Educational settings provide an ideal environment in which to communicate with children about the importance of personal hygiene and motivate them to share handwashing-promotion messages with their friends and families.

Schools and nurseries can participate in Global Handwashing Day by organising handwashing-related activities such as classroom games, lessons and assemblies.  

Global Handwashing Day UK partners have compiled a variety of resources for use in pre-schools/ nurseries and primary schools, providing guidelines, ideas and inspiration, not only for Global Handwashing Day, but for hygiene promotion throughout the year.

The resources in this section have been developed in association with teaching and healthcare professionals and are in line with the following educational frameworks: 

- The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYSF)
- The National Curriculum for England - Key Stages 1 and 2
- The Scottish Government’s 3 to 5 and 5 to 14 curricula
- The Northern Ireland Primary Curriculum
- The Welsh National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2

The resources below can be used not only to promote handwashing, but also to develop literacy, numeracy, problem solving and creative skills.

Pre-school/Nursery Resources

Teacher’s resources

Teacher’s guide (Hygiene4Health)
How to wash your hands instruction sheet (Kiddiwash)

Activities

Oliver Odd Socks story (Hygiene4Health)
Oliver Odd Socks story - colouring in template (Hygiene4Health)
Captain Handwash - colouring in template (Hygiene4Health)
Class hand wash counting table (Kiddiwash)
Pupils’ hand wash counting table (Kiddiwash)
Hand washing play (Kiddiwash)
Why we wash our hands – colouring in template (Kiddiwash)
Stop the dirty germs – colouring in template (Kiddiwash)

Games

Snakes & Ladders board game (Hygiene4Health)
Snakes & Ladders die and counters (Hygiene4Health)

Posters

Don’t spread germs poster (Hygiene4Health)
How to wash hands poster (Hygiene4Health)
Germs & Ladders (LSHTM)

Rewards

Sticker template (Hygiene4Health)
Hand washing certificate – before eating (Kiddiwash)
Hand washing certificate – toilet (Kiddiwash)

Primary School Resources

Lesson plans

Handwashing lesson plan (WaterAid)

Assembly plans and resources

Assembly outline (GSK-PHASE)
Assembly slide presentation (GSK-PHASE)
The Glitter Experiment (GSK-PHASE)
How to make a Tippy Tap (GSK-PHASE)
Handy Heroes Song (GSK-PHASE)

Activities

The Glitter Experiment (GSK-PHASE)
How to make a Tippy Tap (GSK-PHASE)

Games

Global Handwashing Day Game
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Posters

Don’t spread germs poster (Hygiene4Health)
How to wash hands poster (Hygiene4Health)
Germs & Ladders (LSHTM)

Rewards

Sticker template (Hygiene4Health)

To access more school and nursery materials for Global Handwashing Day or handwashing promotion throughout the year, please visit the following websites:

www.kiddiwash.com
www.hygiene4health.com
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www.edugames4all.org
www.e-bug.eu
www.wateraid.org/uk/learn_zone/primary/handwashing
http://www.wash-hands.com/

 

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