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This story time is I Don't Want to Wash my Hands by Tony Ross. Our brilliant creative learning team have created some activtiies for you to do after you've listened to Tony's story time.


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How quickly can germs move?

This game can be great fun, it can also help to explain how quickly germs can be passed on.

The aim of this game is to pass a clap around everyone as quickly as possible!

The game starts with everyone arranged in a circle (at a safe distance!). An adult starts with a clap, which they pass along to the person stood next to them. 

To send a clap you turn to a person stood next to you and clap in their direction. This person then passes the clap to the next person, they then turn to the next person, and so on. Remember, you can turn to either side to send a clap, so you can send the clap back in the direction it came from! 

No hands!

Set children tasks they must complete without using their hands. Tasks could include tucking in their chair, putting their jumper on, putting their shoes on. 

This is a great game to show how much we use our hands and therefore how much our hands touch compared to everything else.

To save the day…

Through the day the adult is going to prompt the children to wash their hands using a leading sentence. This sentence should suggest everyone should wash their hands and the children’s job is to say “Wash your hands!” like the characters from the story before the adult does. 

For example, the sentence could be “to save the day…” or “now we have to…” or “I bet your forgot to…” and everyone has to say “wash your hands”  before the adult does.

You could even keep a children vs adult leader board. Don’t forget to keep track of who says ‘Wash your hands!’ first!

Making a hand wash display

This is a series of craft activities and games that encourage children to think about germs and hand washing. By completing all three tasks, children make lots of crafts you can turn in to a hand washing display (in bathrooms or near sinks).

Making Germs

Look at the pictures of all the different germs in I Don’t Want to Wash My Hands. Encourage children to draw, paint, and colour what they think germs might look like (you could even print out some templates if you wanted to). Use these for a hand washing display.

Talking Germs

If a germ would talk, what would it say? 

Give everyone some paper to write down their idea. When they finish, as a group, everyone crumples up their paper and throws it into the middle of the room (or an appropriate place). Adult picks them up and reads through them (silly voices can make this really fun!). Use these for a hand washing display.

Where to Wash

Germs like to hide! When we wash our hands we wash palms, back of hands, thumbs, finger nails, webbing in-between fingers, and our wrists. 


Draw around your hand 6 times and label each drawing with one of the six places we wash. 

With everyone in a circle, go around one person at a time and pretend to wash 5 parts of your hand. Everyone else has to work out which one you missed out. 

Use these for a hand washing display.