The best way to introduce to little ones the importance of health is to start them early. With constant reminder and proper guidance, children even at a tender age can practice good hygiene.
Kids can be careless at times when it comes to cleanliness. Their guardian must not get tired of teaching them the importance of good hygiene. One way to make personal hygiene interesting is by coaching through play. Whether it is at home or inside a classroom, children can enjoy the following games.
Children love the matching game. Take advantage of that interest by drawing body parts on one column and on the other column the appropriate cleaning tools or things to keep the body parts clean. Let the youngsters connect the teeth to the toothbrush, for instance. Other matching examples are hair to shampoo, nails to nail clipper, and body to body scrub.
Through this simple exercise, the children learn their body parts as well as the appropriate measures to clean them. For the youngsters to easily remember the lesson, let them practice the lessons learned in real life. While taking a bath, for instance, allow children to use their toothbrush and show them how to brush their teeth. Kids, especially, toddlers, will enjoy brushing their teeth if their parents let them do it themselves.
Pass the Glitter
Youngsters love anything that shines. They are easily fascinated with anything that sparkles, hence use glitters to show them how germs transfer from one individual to another through the hands.
In a container, spread glitters. Let the kids play with the glitters and after some time, ask them for a handshake. Or request them to switch on the light, turn off the electric fan, or open the door. The kids can also grab some snacks by the counter table or open the refrigerator. From the activity, they will notice that some glitters from their hands transferred to the surfaces they have touched.
The activity clearly illustrates that the glitters can stick anywhere, and they best represent the germs.
Through the activity, parents can now encourage their little ones to wash their hands as often as possible. Washing the hands can help stop the spread of germs and also avoid infections in the nails or other body parts. Explain to the youngsters that in washing their hands with soap and water, they can get rid of the glitters – germs. The same goes when they sneeze; instead of using their hands to cover their mouth, a handkerchief is a safe choice. It is prudent to enlighten them that if the germs spread from one person to another or other surfaces, it can cause health problems.
Little ones love water. Involve them in cleaning the car or yard. Let them hold the hose for a while and make them realize that as they wash the car, for instance, they will notice that the mud will also disappear with the water. Further explain to them that sometimes, they don’t need to touch things to clean them. Water would do as long as the quantity is enough and the manner of use is correct.
Let them apply it to themselves as they clean after using the toilet. Allow kids to operate the Clean Sense dib 1500r and feel how the water thoroughly cleans their bottom. Explain to them that using that bidet is like using the hose. It can clean their behind without using their hands. Add, too, that it is more hygienic than using a toilet paper or their hands.
Teaching Kids about Hygiene Through Play
Playing will always be fun for the kids. They may tend to be absorbed in what they are doing and surely will apply what they have learned in their everyday living. Sometimes, parents and guardians need not be too hard in instilling life lessons for children. They can do it through what children love to do the most – playing.