Good personal hygiene is very important and if
kids learn it at an early age it will be of great help for them in life. Read
on to learn how you can teach hygiene to preschoolers in creative
No one wants their child to look
untidy and be a smelly kid in class. But the hardest thing is to convince them
the importance of brushing their teeth regularly and properly and taking bath
as well. For a small kid hygiene may seem like a hassle. You need not worry or
wait for them to grow a little older to understand the importance of hygiene.
In fact, you should start introducing them to the world of hygiene as soon as
they start understanding things.
Above all a clean child is
a healthy child and this is the reason why you need to teach your child the
basics of cleanliness and hygiene. There are some creative ways to help you
teach your child about personal hygiene and make the journey easy for them. So,
encourage your child to practice good grooming
Top 7 Ways to Teach Hygiene to
Here are the top 7 ways
to teach hygiene to
Start From the
Washing hands is the most important and the most
basic hygienic action that you can teach your child. You can make him or her wash
hands many times during the day. Make sure your child
washes his hands after using the toilet and before eating anything. Avoid using
only sanitizers rather encourage your child to wash hands with soap and water.
Sing a song together so that they enjoy the act.
Make Bath Time Fun
Bathing is something most children enjoy
especially when they are left to splash water. So, teach them to clean their
body parts while having fun with soap and lather. They will never consider
bathing a chore.
Become a Role Model
Children learn a lot of things watching their
parents do. Invite your child when you brush
teeth and try to do it together. You can comb your
hair and wash your face at night together.
Explain the Importance of
Explain age appropriate concepts of health and
wellness to your child. Kids can grasp when you will explain things clearly
because simple instructions do not stay for long. Teach them the ways in which
they can prevent contagious diseases to infect them.
Read Books and Show
Reading books that explain importance
of hygiene will make your child conceive the idea well. Discuss
the concepts mentioned in the book and let your child express what he
understood. When the favourite character of your child will teach, he will
learn and remember well. Do not forget to show him or her images related to
cleanliness and hygiene.
Add Little Incentive
Children love excitement and fun in whatever
they do. Buy something interesting for them so that they enjoy cleaning
activities. For example, musical toothbrush, rubber duck for nothing or
anything from the section of bath toys for kids.
Make it a
This is the most important step which will help
make the foundation strong. Children thrive on routines. So, before they
understand or react to things, you schedule brushing teeth, bathing, combing
hair and all other aspects of grooming that needs attention daily. They will
accept everything as a part of their daily life. Perhaps they would help you
remember if anytime you forget.
Good hygiene is important to maintain good
health and the habit formed in preschool years will help your child maintain a
healthy body throughout his life. It is important to engage preschoolers in fun
filled activities so that they have active learning experience to develop useful
How to teach personal hygiene to children?
What is the right age to teach hygiene to children? How to teach children to be
clean and tidy? Discuss here.
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