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Hand-wash Hack for kids

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Ahhh winter. Tis the season to be germy! And now we have corona-virus to contend with too. Thorough hand-washing does go a long way in helping little ones stay healthy, and to prepare them for school, but they aren’t always super keen to do it! Here’s a quick hand wash hack you can try at home for your little ones…


You will need:


  • Empty soap dispenser
  • Clear soap refill
  • Small figurines of your choice e.g. mermaids or sea creatures*
  • Liquid food dye (optional)
  • Stirrer or spoon

*Alternatively try Lego pieces, large pompoms (ones which won’t end up down the sink) or simply just a favourite colour!


What to do:

Z (almost 4) essentially made this herself by following my instructions. The theory being that if she is involved with the process, she is more likely to use it!

  • Start by adding a small drop or two of food colouring to the empty bottle.
  • Add the clear liquid soap to around 1/8 full then mix with the dye
  • Push the first figure in to the bottle (this might need adult help)

Keep repeating that process until the bottle is full – we added 4 mermaids to the bottle which was about three too many!


hand wash hack for kids


Age Recommendations

Around the age of 3 is the ideal time to try this activity – your child needs to be able to listen and follow instructions.

This is great for children who are going to the toilet independently as the idea is that the homemade soap will encourage hand-washing without having to remind them a billion times!

hand wash hack for kids


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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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