Hand-wash Hack for Littles

Ahhh winter! Tis the season to be germy! Thorough hand-washing does go a long was in helping little ones stay healthy but they aren’t always super keen to do it! Here’s a quick little hack you can try at home…

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 mermaid to the bottle which was honestly at least one too many. I’d recommend aiming for 2-3 figures, but that will depend on their size and shape.

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!

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