germ fighting activities

1-2-3 Come Zap Some Germs With Me!

personal hygiene, germ fighting activities, germ poster, germ word find, germ word search, germ puzzles, germ centersFrom my heart to your hands, here are some FREE, quick & easy Germ Zapping activities that I think your kiddos will have a lot of fun with.

Whether you’re a classroom teacher, or a homeschooling mama, I hope you find something useful here. (Sanity saving?)

Great for “Distance Learning” too: Help practice, graphing, counting, sequencing, tally marks & a bit of word work fun.

The packet includes:

* “Germs Beware! A germ-zapping family lives here!” Color me poster for home, as well as a…

“Germs Beware! Germ-zapping students learn here!” poster for your classroom.

personal hygiene, germ fighting activities, germ poster, germ word find, germ word search, germ puzzles, germ centersFour, “Be a germ buster!” color-me necklace patterns.

“Color, Count & Zap!” germ graphing worksheets.

* “ Germ Zapper” certificate of praise.

personal hygiene, germ fighting activities, germ poster, germ word find, germ word search, germ puzzles, germ centers*  Super-fun “Tally Ho I Spy” worksheet. Children spy, then zap (X out the germ-themed items) as they count & make tally marks.

*  Two, word zapping word finds.

“Be Alert! Give a Squirt!” number puzzle with 3 options.

There's a simple one, featuring numbers 1-5, as well as one that reinforces counting from 1-10, plus another, that helps practice those "toughie teen" numbers. 

personal hygiene, germ fighting activities, germ poster, germ word find, germ word search, germ puzzles, germ centersAfter students color their puzzle, they cut the strips on the dashed line.

Children mix up the pieces then see how fast they can put the puzzle together. 

Afterwards, to add to the fun, students can pick a partner & take turns rolling a dice.

Whatever number they roll, they place that matching numbered puzzle piece on their work space. 

You can play that if they roll a six they lose their turn, or make the six wild. Children can then choose any numbered puzzle piece that they need.

The first to complete their puzzle is the winner.  Simply use more dice & add for the other numbered puzzles.

personal hygiene, germ fighting activities, germ poster, germ word find, germ word search, germ puzzles, germ centersWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

If you’re asking yourself, “Who ya gonna call?” the answer is “Germ Busters!” cuz...

“We ain’t afraid of no germs!” 

Wishing you health and peace of mind, as you navigate this crazy time.

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." -Henry Ford

1-2-3 Come Do Some Hand Washing Activities With Me

this is the way we wash our hands activities, proper hand washing techniques, personal hygiene activities, hand washing song, hand washing puzzle, germ fighting activities, hand washing poster, hand washing puzzle, hand washing centersAre you looking for something to easily explain hand washing to your students/children?

Then I think you'll find my fun-filled "Hand Washing" packet helpful, and it's FREE!

5 steps of handwashing posterI've included a poster of the CDC's, 5-step recommendations for correct hand washing, it comes in both color for teachers, as well as black & white for students to color & take home.

when should you wash your hands posterThere are also two posters which list important times when you should wash your hands.

Before you share the list with your students, see how many they can come up with, during your discussion.

As a fun way to further reinforce the lesson, I've also included a 5-piece puzzle for these hygiene rules.

Teachers can print, laminate & trim the colorful puzzle to use for a center activity.

I've also included a #5 base for the puzzle, which will help preschoolers assemble the pieces..

Keep each of your puzzles in a large ZipLock Baggie. 

proper hand washing techniques, personal hygiene activities, hand washing song, hand washing puzzle, germ fighting activities, hand washing poster, hand washing puzzle, hand washing centersAs always, there are black & white patterns, so that students can color and cut apart, to create their own puzzle. 

hand washing puzzle pieces, proper hand washing techniques, personal hygiene activities, hand washing song, hand washing puzzle, germ fighting activities, hand washing poster, personal hygiene activities, hand washing puzzle, hand washing centers Demonstrate how to cut out the number 5 and then snip each section off.

When everyone has completed their puzzle, reinforce the rules as a whole group. 

Hang the base #5 pattern on your white board.  Stick magnetic dots on the back of your 5 puzzle pieces and hold them in numerical order.

You show the #1 puzzle piece and read it, then stick it to the matching #1 section on the base. 

dice game for how to wash your hands, proper hand washing techniques, personal hygiene activities, hand washing song, hand washing puzzle, germ fighting activities, hand washing poster, hand washing puzzle, hand washing centersChildren follow your "monkey-see, monkey-do" directions & do the same with their puzzle piece. 

After everyone has placed that piece down, read the rule again, then have children "read" it with you.

For added fun, and more reinforcement, have children pick a partner & take turns rolling a dice. 

If they roll a 1 they place the matching #1 puzzle piece on the puzzle base, and so on.

If they roll a 6 you can decide if they lose a turn, or if the 6 is wild & they can choose any numbered puzzle piece that they need. The first one to complete their puzzle is the winner.

this is the way we wash our hands song poster, proper hand washing techniques, personal hygiene activities, hand washing song, hand washing puzzle, germ fighting activities, hand washing poster, hand washing puzzle, hand washing centersBecause children love to sing, I've also included a song in the packet.

The CDC recommends 20 seconds, as the minimum amount of time for effective hand washing. They say that humming the “Happy Birthday” song twice will do the 20-second job.

However, I wanted children to have a more appropriate song to specifically go along with hand washing.

here we go round the mulberry bush songSo I took the tune from the nursery rhyme/song “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush”, ( public domain) and changed the words to “This is the way we wash our hands”.

When I was a little girl we also sang “This is the way we wash our clothes” to that same tune, as we pretended to scrub away on grama’s old washboard.  

Online timerAs you sing the song, with my “wash your hands” lyrics, demonstrate lathering the hands with pretend soap, showing how you rub over & under the hands, as well as in-between the fingers, plus scrubbing the nails. Singing, while “washing”, will take the desired 20 seconds.

You can practice with this online timer: LINK

video of how to wash your handsTo show you the correct hand washing technique, check out this  video, (46-seconds) then do those movements as you sing the two verses.

I for one, discovered via this video that I was missing the “nails” step. I think that many others will find room for improvement too. Hopefully, the entire world will now do a better job of hand washing.

I’ve made a poster-poem of the “This Is The Way We Wash Our Hands” words, which you can share with your students.

germs germs germs videoChildren may wonder, “What’s the big deal about hand washing?”, so it’s a good idea to introduce your lesson with WHY hand washing is so important.

I like this 3-minute video entitled "Germs, Germs, Germs" because my students also say, “…but my hands don’t look dirty.” 

Finally, I've also included a little certificate of praise your kiddos can color.

There are two, on-a-one-page pattern, for quick printing.

One template features a colorful frame, the other one has a black & white one. 

free germ fighting activitiesWell that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.

Stay tuned for more "Germ Fighting" FREEBIES, that you can do with your own children or with your students. 

Wishing you a safe & virus free day.

"Did you sneeze? Did you cough? Be sure and wash those nasty germs off!" -Unknown