Sink Those Germs - Wash Your Hands [activity]

Hand washing

What to do

Youth try to “sink germs” by tossing beanbag “germs” into a container. The game uses 6 beanbags to correspond with the 6 times it is important to wash hands poster titled “Wash Your Hands After…”

How to Play the game

Version 1

Using a plastic tote or cardboard box, attach the “Sink Those Germs Wash Your Hands” poster to the container.

Review the “Wash Your Hands After…” poster talking about each scenario.

Place the “Wash Your Hands After…” sheet on a table; place the beanbag over the matching colored number. Have a child pick up one of the beanbags to reveal the message on when to wash hands, read the message out loud and then have the child toss the beanbag into the container to “SINK THOSE GERMS”. Continue until all the children have had a turn.

Included in the materials is a coloring sheet that youth can take home with them.

Note: the original free handwashing posters, handouts and materials can be found at https://food.unl.edu/free-handwashing-posters-handouts-game-materials  - (we have added them to the following pages for convenience.)

Version 2

Using a plastic tote or cardboard box, attach the “Sink Those Germs Wash Your Hands” poster to the container.

Review the “Wash Your Hands After…” poster talking about each scenario.

Have a child roll the cube to reinforce the “Wash Your Hands After…” message. After the roll of the cube, have them draw a “Germ Card” from the pile and toss or put the “Germ Card” into the container to “Sink Those Germs.” Continue until all the children have had a turn.

Or

Hand out the “Germ Cards” one to each child. Each child would roll the cube to reinforce the “Wash Your Hands After…” message. After rolling the cube, the child would toss or put the “Germ Card” into the container to “Sink Those Germs.” Continue until all the children have had a turn.