Handwashing *This activity is set up ahead of time in a permanent location Begin by setting the temperature of the water. When the water is at the desired temperature, you will mark the position of the hot and cold taps with a permanent marker or tape. Inside the sink, you will also mark the water depth using a permanent marker or tape. Begin this activity by demonstrating the use of the tap. Provide verbal and visual instructions as you turn on the tap. You will point out the markers on the tap and explain the importance of having the water at the right temperature. After you turn on the tap, demonstrate the need to stay below the marker in the sink. Explain and demonstrate the skill of keeping the water below the indicated line. Slowly submerge hands into the water, palms downward first and then upward. Lift your hands from the sink allowing the water to drip back into the sink. Take the soap and wet it in the water. Soap hands and return the soap to the soap dish or use a soap dispenser. Work up a lather and wash hands slowly. Give attention to each finger as well as to wrists, palms, and back of hands. Submerge hands into the water to remove suds. Again, allow excess water to drip into the sink. Rinse hands thoroughly. Use the hand towel and dry hands, fingers, and wrists thoroughly. Use the hand towel to turn off the water and fold towel (or if disposable throw into the trash bin).
The goal of this activity is to develop order, coordination, independence, and concentration. The child will learn to wash their hands and further develop the ability to care for theirself.
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