In 2018, I began teaching Circles + Scissors Handwashing in schools, spending a huge chunk of time explaining to educators why we needed a systematic handwashing method for children. Then Covid-19 happened and EVERYTHING changed! People are recognizing the importance of clean hands but let's be honest, it's not enough. Telling children to wash for 20 seconds + sing 'Happy Birthday' doesn't cut it! Clean hands are essential in our country, not only because of a new virus scare, but to stay healthy year round.
The question is, "HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR HANDS ARE CLEAN?"
- The 'Sniff Test' is not scientifically proven :)
- Black Light Germ Identifiers are impractical to carry around.
- Most toddlers can't sing 'Happy Birthday' while counting to 20 and be expected to wash their hands well!
Circles + Scissors is a simple checklist for clean hands. When kiddos finish washing their hands with this FUN 5-step checklist, they will know that their hands are clean! The method builds confidence in children (and adults) that they have washed thoroughly and are ready for snack (or even surgery)! I'm willing to put this method next to anything the CDC publishes!
So please, join me in teaching our children an effective handwashing method that will help keep them safe! Oh, and why not make it FUN!?
Grab a mirror decal for your home or a curriculum for your classroom. Just 5-bucks to remind you of Circles + Scissors' 5-life-saving-steps! Check out an educational or silly VIDEO so you can really see how fun and simple the 5 steps are for kiddos.
Thank you for joining this clean hand MOVEment as we take care of each other with clean hands!