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Hand Washing Songs and Rhymes


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Hand Washing with Soap and Water
 

Usage of Soap and Water

Young children are more vulnerable than any other age group to the ill effects of unsafe water, poor sanitation and lack of hygiene. These contribute to 88 per cent of deaths from diarrhoeal diseases. Children under 5 years old account for nearly 90 per cent of deaths from diarrhoea.

The simple habit of handwashing with soap is estimated to reduce the incidence of diarrhoea by nearly half. It also greatly reduces the risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia and other diseases, including eye infections, especially trachoma.

Parents and caregivers should wash their hands with soap and water at these critical moments:

  1. after cleaning the infant or young child who has defecated

  2. after helping the child use the toilet or latrine

  3. after going to the latrine or toilet themselves

  4. before touching food and feeding young children, and

  5. after dealing with refuse.

Parents and caregivers need to help children develop the habit of washing their hands with soap before eating and after using the latrine or toilet. Where soap is not available hands can be washed with ash and water. Animal and human faeces should be kept away from houses, paths, water sources and children's play areas.

 

Hand Washing Videos

 

Happy Handwashing Song - download the song


 


Wash hands well each day,
To keep germs away.
Scrub with soap and water,
And be on your way. 

Wash hands well each day,
To keep germs away.
Scrub with soap and water,
And be on your way.



Wash 'Em - Hand Hygiene Music Video




Hand Washing Song




Put Your Hands Together

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Wash Your Hands


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Washy Washy Clean




Let's learn Hand washing with this jingle!

Lyrics:
It's fun to wash your hands
And I know you understand 
So we washy washy clean, scrub scrub

We start with washing palm to palm
Between each finger let us rub
Now the back of the hands, its such a simple plan
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub

Clean the base of the thumbs one by one
Then the back of the fingers this is fun!
Don't forget your fingernails, its about details
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub

Now move on to the wrists, let us rub
I think were nearly done, so now what
Just rinse the soap away, dry our hands and were ok
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub 

So we washy washy clean, scrub scrub
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub
It's fun to wash your hands and I know you'll understand
We washy washy clean, scrub scrub




Rubba Dub Dub, Animated Handwashing Song for Kids








Handwashing Song





Original Lyrics: The Hand Washing Song







Scrub Squad Song Book #1






The Hand Washing Song




Hand Washing Songs and Rhymes from around the world


Nigeria

 

This is the way we wash our hands
Wash our hands
Wash our hands
This is the way we wash our hands
Everytime we have to.

 


 

United Kingdom

 

 

Audio Files:


Wash Them well
Humpty Dumpty Washed His Hands
Squirt Squirt Squirt Song
Tell Me Have You Washed Your Hands


 

United States

 

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
See how clean my two hands are
Soap and water, wash and scrub
Get those germs off, rub a dub
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
See how clean my two hands are

 

Wash, wash, wash your hands
Get them nice and clean
Wash them on top
Wash them on bottom and fingers in between
Wash, wash, wash your hands
Get them nice and clean
Wash them on top
Wash them on bottom and fingers in between

 


Two little hands
So clean and so bright
This is my left
And this is my right!
(do this one more than once to meet your 20 seconds!)


Tops and Bottoms, Tops and Bottoms (Rub tops and bottoms of hands)
In between, in between (rub fingers inside on both hands)
All around your hands, all around your hands
Makes them clean, makes them clean

 


When all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;

 


Washing 

This little hand is a good little hand (wave)
This little hand is its brother (wave other)
Together they wash and wash and wash (pretend)
One hand washes the other.


Wash your Little Hands 

Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

( child's name, child's name) if you can,
go and wash your little hands


Healthy Way 
Sung to: "Mulberry Bush"

1. This is the healthy way we live
2. This is the way we wash ourselves
3. This is the way we comb our hair
4. This is the way we brush our teeth
5. This is the way we eat good foods
6. This is the way we exercise

Wash Your Hands 
Sung to: Row, Row Row Your Boat"

Wash, wash, wash your hands
Play our handy game.
Rub and scrub, and scrub and rub.
Germs go down the drain.  HEY!
Wash, wash, wash your hands
Play our handy game.
Rub and scrub, and scrub and rub.
Dirt goes down the drain.  HEY!


Using your hands

Look at the bottom
Look at the top
If their not clean we'll have to stop
Go to the sink and wash them again
And when they are clean we may began


Wash, Wash, Wash your hands

Sung To: "Skip to my Lou"

Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Wash with soap and water.

Rinse, rinse rinse your hands,
Rinse, rinse rinse your hands,
Rinse, rinse rinse your hands,
Rinse them under water.

Dry, dry, dry your hands,
Dry, dry, dry your hands,
Dry, dry, dry your hands,
Dry off all the water.


Cough or Sneeze 

Sung To: "Mary had a little lamb"

When you have to cough or sneeze, cough or sneeze, cough or sneeze,
When you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth please!


I Need A Tissue! 

Sung To: "Old MacDonald"
Can be used with a puppet

I have myself a rotten cold
AA-AA-ACHOO!
I have myself a rotten cold
AA-AA-ACHOO
I need a tissue, I need a tissue
I have myself a rotten cold
AA-AA-ACHOO!

When I'm at school I catch my sneeze
(catch your sneeze in your arm)
AA-AA-AACHOO!
When I'm at school I catch my sneeze
AA-AA-AACHOO!
I need a tissue, I need a tissue

To get rid of the germs I wash my hands
Washy, washy, wash
So no one else will feel like this
Washy, washy, Wash
I need a tissue, I need a tissue
To get rid of the germs, I wash my hands
Washy, washy, wash

When I go home, I take a rest
Snooore
I find a warm place that I like to cuddle best
Snoore
I need a tissue, I need a tissue
When I go home, I take a rest
Snooore, good night!
When I'm at school I catch my sneeze
AA-AA-AACHOO


Hand Washing Song 

Sung To: "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star"

Sing this song while washing. Helps with  proper hand washing skills. It takes about 30 seconds which is the amount of time one should take to allow antibacterial soap to do its job.

I can wash my hands you see,
Wash them clean as clean can be.

Inside, outside, my fingers, too
Around my thumbs and then I'm through,

Now rinse away the dirt and stains,
Send those germs down the drain!


Bubbles  

Back and forth until there's bubbles,
Back and forth until there's bubbles.
On the top until there's bubbles,
On the top until there's bubbles.
In between and in between
And in between until there clean.
Thumb, thumb, thumbkin twist,
Thumb, thumb, thumbkin twist,
Wring, wring around the wrist,
Wring, wring  around the wrist.
Now rinse those bubbles away.



Top and bottom
Top and bottom
In between
In between
Rub them all together
Rub them all together
Squeaky clean
Squeaky clean


So for the first line, the kids are rubbing the soap all over the tops and bottoms of their hands, then the next verse they are lacing their fingers together and rubbing them, then they are just rubbing the soap all over their hands for the last two versus.




this is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands
this is the way we wash our hands, so early in the (morning/evening/afternoon)
this is the way we scrub our fingers, scrub our fingers, scrub our fingers, this is the way we scrub our fingers to get them nice and clean
this is the way we rinse our hands, rinse our hands, rinse our hands, this is the way we rinse our hands, and now it's time to dry them off!



(to the tune of "Happy Birthday To You")

Wash your hannies really good
Use the soap just like you should
Rub your your fingers and in between
So your hands get good and clean

Do it twice just to be sure
That you get what you misesd before
Washing your hands is so much fun
Make sure to dry them when you're done!



Wash, Wash, Wash your hands 
Wash them everyday
Wash, Wash, Wash your hands
Wash the germs away!
( x 3)




Oh it's time to wash your hands,
Time to wash your hands
Time to wash, oh wash your hands

So turn on the water, turn on the water and
Wet, wet, wet, wet your hands

Soap, soap, soap, get some soap
Soap, soap, soap, get some soap

And rub rub rub rub rub, oh rub rub rub rub rub
Rub your hands, oh rub your hands
Rub rub rub rub rub, rub rub rub rub rub
Rub rub rub rub rub your hands

Now rinse, rinse, rinse, rinse off the soap, and
Turn off the water, turn off the water

Now get a towel, towel towel towel, and
Dry, dry, dry, dry your hands
And throw the towel away



I'm gonna wash, wash, wash, wash my hands
I'm gonna wash, wash, wash, and get em clean
I'm gonna wash, wash, wash, wash my hands
I'm gonna wash, wash, wash, and get em clean

Watch out! Here comes the soap just like in the car wash
Gee look at all the bubbles sliding down our cars!

I'm gonna soap, soap, soap, soap my hands
I'm gonna soap, soap, soap, and get em clean
I'm gonna soap, soap, soap, soap my hands
I'm gonna soap, soap, soap, and get em clean

Ok, just like on your parent's car
We've got to get the soap off
So here comes the rinse cycle, don't get sprayed!

I'm gonna rinse, rinse, rinse rinse my hands
I'm gonna rinse, rinse, rinse and get em clean
I'm gonna rinse, rinse, rinse rinse my hands
I'm gonna rinse, rinse, rinse and get em clean

I'm gonna dry, dry, dry dry my hands
I'm gonna dry, dry, dry and now I'm done.




Let's wash, wash, wash

Wash our hands

Soapy, soapy, sudsy, sudsy,

Wash our hands

Everyone let's all

Wash our hands – with

Soapy, soapy, sudsy, sudsy suds

Soapy, soapy, sudsy, sudsy suds



Chorus:
Wash your hands…scrub scrub scrub a dub dub
Wash them well and you'll know scrub scrub scrub a dub dub
Wash your hands…scrub scrub scrub a dub dub
Down the drain all the dirt and germs will go scrub scrub scrub a dub dub (repeat)

My friend Anna she's my friend did I mention she's a friend of mine
She's in the know you should see her go
Yes she washes her hands all of the time
In the know…see her go
And she's very seldom sick I find

My friend Aaron he's my friend did I mention he's a friend of mind
He's a soccer whiz he is too busy
To wash his hands most of the time
A soccer whiz he…is too busy
And has a cold or something else I find

So wash your hands both palms and backs between your fingers too
Don't skimp on soap good job I hope
Because it's so important to do
Don't skimp on soap..good job I hope
Get rid of germs yeah good for you



Here's a little something that's good for all to know.
It's good for all to wash their hands under the water flow.

Put your hands in water then grab the soap and scrub.
It's good to wash away those germs, scrub, a dub a dub.

Look how clean your hands look, now rinse when you are through;
Grab a towel and dry them off, clean hands are good for you.

It's good to form the habit of washing germs away.
And if you learn to do it now you'll do it every day.

Sing this little ditty until the washing's done.
Washing hands can really be so much fun.





Sung to tune of Twinkle Twinkle takes about 20 seconds perfect length for washing hands.

Twinkle Twinkle little star

See how clean my two hands are

Soap and water wash and scrub

Get those germs off rub a dub

Twinkle Twinkle Little star

See how clean my two hands are.


 

Here is a song I sing with my kids when washing our hands. Not only does it get them to wash for longer, it helps them to remember to really scrub.

Sung to the tune of "Row, row, row your boat"

Wash, wash , wash your hands,

Play our handy game.

Rub and scrub, scrub and rub,

Germs go down the drain.

(Sing it two times to take about 20 seconds.)


 

(used as a flannel board story)

Five little germs, sitting in a row

The first one said, "On hands, I like to grow."

The second one said, "I like to fly in the air."

The third one said, "I don't care."

The fourth one said, "I travel on a sneeze."

The fifth one said, "Wash your hands? Oh, please!"

Swish goes the water

Bubble goes the soap

And the five little germs

down the drain they float.


 

Germs, germs, germs, germs.

Germs, germs, germs, germs.

The germs crawl in;

The germs crawl out;

The germs play peanuckle

on your snout.

Germs, germs, germs, germs.

Germs, germs, germs, germs.

The germs are here; (right hand)

The germs are there; (left hand)

The germs are hiding everywhere!

(Make big circles with arms)

Germs, germs, germs, germs.

Germs, germs, germs, germs.

There's germs in your sneeze,

(sneeze in right hand)

There's germs in your cough,

(cough in your left hand)

There's germs on you hands that won't wipe off!

(rub hands like they are dirty)

Make up some more verses....


 

Washing Hand Song

sung to Row, Row, Row your Boat

Wash, Wash, Wash your hands.

Soap will make them clean.

Was away, wash away, wash away.

Germs that are unseen.


 

wash, wash, wash your hands,

play our washing game,

rub and scrub,

and scrub and rub,

until germs go down the drain.

Contact_FullName: Bethany

Contact_Email: [email protected]

date:: 10/7/06

Area: Germs

Idea:

Song: Wash germs away- To the tune of "Row, row, row your boat.

Wash, wash, wash your hands after work and play. Scrub and rinse and shake and dry to wash the germs away.


 

Wash wash wash your hands

Tell the germs goodbye

Between the fingers, fronts and backs

Use soap repeat , oh my

Wash wash wash your hands

This song is sung to the tune of row row row your boat.

It helps to show the children how to wash their hands as you sing.

Wash the germs away

Between the fingers, fronts and backs

Rinse, you're on your way.


 

sing to the tune of "if you're happy and you know it"

have the children pull the top of their shirts over their nose and mouth. as they're doing this, sing make a cough in your shirt, in your shirt. make a cough in your shirt, in your shirt. make a cough in your shirt. you can change the word cough to sneeze.

you may have to sing this song several times during the year, depending on how the transition of children is in your center.


This is a song I made up to teach my class to wash their hands for an appropriate amount of time. They sing it as they wash.

(sung to row row row your boat)

Scrub scrub scrub the germs

scrub the germs away.

Scrub scrub scrub the germs.

Scrub them down the drain!


 

We made up this song to go with our health and germ theme. (sing to 'where is thumbkin')

Smelly germs, Smelly germs,

All around, All around,

Wash them all away,

Flush them down the drain,

Good bye germs, Good bye germs.


 

This little hand is a good little hand,

and this little hand is its brother.

Together they wash and wash and wash,

One hand washes the other


 

I use this song to teach the children to spend an adequate amount of time washing their hands... it also tells them how to do it properly.

(to the tune of Fre a Jachues)

Tops and bottoms

Tops and bottoms

In between

In between

All around my hands

All around my hands

Make them clean

Make them clean.


 

Germs, germs, go away...

Because I don't want to get sick today.

Repeat twice while hand washing.

(sung to rain rain go away)




Wash Wash Wash Your Hands (Tune of Row Row Row Your Boat) 

Wash, wash, wash your hands. 
Wash them nice and clean. 
Wash them on top, wash them on bottom and fingers in between. 
(Sing twice through while washing hands in bathroom)


The tune is Frere Jacques: 

Tops and Bottoms, Tops and Bottoms, (Rub top and bottom of hands) 
In between, In between, (Rub fingers inside on both hands) 
All around your hands, All around your hands, (Just like it says) 
Makes them clean. Makes them clean. (Flash all ten fingers)
All around, All around


A hand washing song to the tune of Wheels on the bus. 

The soap on your hands goes sud, sud, sud. 
Sud, sud, sud. 
Sud, sud, sud. 
The soap on your hands goes sud, sud, sud. 
And the germs go down the drain.


This is a "story-poem" I wrote based on the story "Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See"

Brown Bun

Brown Bun Brown Bun what do you see? I see a green pickle looking at me.

Green pickle, green pickle what do you see? I see a red tomato looking at me.

Red tomato, red tomato what do you see? I see some yellow cheese looking at me.

Yellow cheese, yellow cheese what do you see? I see a brown patty looking at me.

Brown patty, brown patty what do you see? I see brown bun looking at me.

Brown bun, brown bun what do you see? I see a hungry child looking at me.

Hungry child hungry child what do you see? I see a hamburger looking at me.

YUMMY!!!!! Let's Eat!!


In an army voice while marching, call out this song: "We are healthy little ones (we are healthy little ones), watch us jump and watch us run (watch us jump and watch us run). Healthy bodies, healthy hearts (Healthy bodies, healthy hearts), we are winners from the start (we are winners from the start!)" After the teachers sing out each line, the kids repeat after you; ya know, just like the army does in boot camp. Get it?


Red Food (tune I've been working on the railroad) 

Red is the color for an apple to eat. 
Red is the color for cherries, too. 
Red is the color for strawberries, 
I like red food don't you?


 

This Is The Way We Wash Our Hands 

This is the way we wash our hands
Wash our hands
Wash our hands
This is the way we wash our hands
To keep our bodies healthy

This is the way we eat good food
Eat good food
Eat good food
This is the way we eat good food
To keep our bodies healthy

This is the way we..........
Have the children name other things they can do to keep healthy and include them into the song.



Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
(Traditional, Author Unknown)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!



The Alphabet Song
(Traditional, Author Unknown)

A - B - C - D - E - F - G,
H - I - J - K - L - M - N - O - P.
Q - R - S and T - U - V,
W - X and Y and Z,
Now I know my A - B - C's;
Next time won't you sing with me?



Hand Washing Rap*

You gotta' wash your hands, and
You gotta' wash 'em right,
Don't give in to germs
Without a fight.

Use water that's warm
And lots of soapy bubbles,
These are your weapons for preventing germ troubles.

Don't cut your time short
Your fingers-get between-
It takes 20 seconds
To make sure they're clean.

Gotta' wash, gotta' wash
Gotta' wash your hands,
Gotta' wash, gotta' wash
Gotta' wash your hands.



Hand Washing Audio Files

Wash Hands Every Day

This song (sung to the tune of Happy Birthday) encourages kids to wash their hands with soap and water to keep germs away. The song is sung twice through, the recommended length of time to wash hands. Sing along!



Living in a Clean and Healthy World
This podcast is about the importance of effective sanitation programs and steps people can take to stay healthy, including proper hand washing.



All You Have to Do is Wash Your Hands
This CDC Kidtastics podcast teaches children how and when to wash their hands properly.


Handwashing Song (WMA - English) - (WMA  2.2Mb)

Handwashing Song (MP3 - English) - (MP3 2.2Mb)


Handwashing Song (WMA - Hindi) - (WMA 2.2Mb)
Handwashing Song (MP3 - Hindi) - (MP3 2.2Mb)


 

 


 

 

 

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