Importance of Activity:
- In this activity, your child will practice washing his/her hands and count for fifteen seconds at the same time. Your child will begin to understand the importance of washing his/her hands and he/she will recognize his/her own skills and accomplishments. Counting will also increase your child’s ability to communicate quantities and understand numbers.
- can perform personal care routines that support staying healthy
- recognizes own skills and accomplishments
- uses numbers to communicate quantities and count
- Why should we wash our hands?
- For how many seconds should we wash our hands?
- What do you do after you put soap on your hands?
- What do you do after you finish washing your hands?
- What other things do we wash? Our bodies?
- How many fingers do you have? Can you count with me?
- How many fingers do we need to add to have 15?
- Sing the song “Numbers Are Our Friends” with your child.
- Take your child to the sink so they can practice washing his/her hands.
- A good dialogue is, “What should we do first? We wet our hands. Good. Now what? Soap. How much soap
- do we need? Only two pumps! Now we scrub our hands and count from one to fifteen. Now we rinse our hands and dry them off with a towel. Now we are all clean!”
- Count from one to fifteen with your child to emphasize the importance of counting and washing the full amount of time.
- Each time your child washes his/her hands, practice counting to fifteen.
- Ask your child, “What other times should we wash our hands?” Examples are before eating or playing with toys.
- End the activity by singing the song “Numbers Are Our Friends” again with your child.
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