Germ Ideas

Read Wash Your Hands by Tony Ross.

Practice sneezing and coughing into your elbow/shoulder if a tissue is not at hand.

Sing: This is the way we wash our hands to illustrate proper hand washing time.

Two books, which are printed in Spanish and English together.

1. Those Icky Sticky Smelly Cavity-Causing but…Invisible Germs Author: Judith Anne Rice Illustrator: Julie Ann Stricklin

It’s a great book to teach good tooth-brushing habits. I really exaggerate how nasty the germs are and my students love it!

2. Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting But…Invisible Germs. Again by Judith Rice. Available from Red Leaf Press

The best book I have ever read to preschool or kindergarten children about germs is now available in a bilingual version. It is titled: “Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but…Invisible Germs” by Judith Anne Rice. The story is great, how germs get on our hands through everyday activity, and how hand washing gets rid of them. The illustrations and pictures and very good. the ISBN number is 1-884834-31-0. It had been unavailable for some time, but I got another copy a few years ago and guard it!

after sending some of the children to the bathroom for hand washing, i noticed that a lot of these children would just run their hands under the water and then wipe their hands.


take a non toxic washable marker and draw germs on the children’s hands top and bottom and tell the children they have lots of germs on their hands and need to wash their hands correctly. after returning from bathroom the marker has disappeared and the children’s hands are wash correctly.

At circle time while talking about germs, have a spray bottle with some water in it. Show the children the difference between when you cover your sneeze or cough (spray your hand) and when you don’t cover them up (spray them) let each child try it and them have them go wash their hands.