Handwashing Programs and Resources

Want to actively promote your child’s handwashing? Programs abound for teaching children about its importance and its positive impact on their health.  Many such programs can be found online.  Education World has internet resources for developing handwashing materials that you and your family might use to educate yourselves, cut down on illness, and improve school attendance.  Most of the programs below offer free components—lesson plans and activities, posters games, and more!

It’s a SNAP

SNAP (School Network for Absenteeism Prevention) is a hands-on hand cleaning initiative for middle schools.  The program offers a free educational poster/tool kit that makes it easy to incorporate clean-hands education into middle school curricula.

Wash Your hands: Educating the School Community

This program developed by the National Food Service Management Institute and USDA includes a booklet (which includes activity ideas, lesson plans, clip art, and more), training video, and many posters in English and Spanish.

Quick & Quiet Steps to Handwashing Success

A school nurse and preschoolers in Dubuque, Iowa, put together this 5 minute video. If your students learn to sing the video’s song, you are your way to clean hands.

GloGerm’s Handwashing Program

This commercial program presents lesson plans for grades Knd through 6th that utilize Glo Germ Gel and a UV light.  Use the gel and the light to show kids the active presence of germs and bacteria on their own hands.

Healthy Hands, Healthy Kids

This program offers free lesson-plan packages for grades PreKnd through 2nd and Grades 3rd through 6th. The program is sponsored by GoJo Industries, producers of Perell hand sanitizers.

Henry the Hand

Many resources that are part of Henry the Hand’s Champion Handwashing Program are available online. Others (coloring books, stickers, or T-shirts) are available for a small cost.

The Scrub Club

This heavily animated Website for kids presents E.Coli, Bac, Sal Monella, and other villains to good health. The site includes games, songs, and more.

Germs on their Fingers

A brightly illustrated, bilingual book teaches children of all ages to wash their hands.  Comes with an optional audio CD for teachers. 

SCUSD Health Services Handwashing Campaign

SCUSD Health Services offers a variety of medical resources, posters, videos, lesson plans, and information to promote handwashing and preventing illness.