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Let’s talk handwashing!
I know, you’ve probably heard a lot about it. Bet your parents and teachers are always telling you to wash your hands! And maybe your hands are already getting kind of dry from all that washing! But it’s an easy (and splashy) way to keep you and the people (and pets and toys and imaginary friends) around you safe.
So to cover all our bases, why not take a look at the essential art that is handwashing. What? It is an art! There’s a technique to it. And by the end of this post, you will all be great handwashing artists!
Now what’s that technique? Well the World Health Organization — which is an agency that’s part of the United Nations that focuses on the world’s health — has given us 12 steps to follow to make sure those hands are squeaky clean!
Interlace and interlock and wiggle all about!
And you know the best part of clean hands? Celebrating that they’re clean! For that you'll need some music, which brings us to our next point.
Have you heard? There can be a bit of music involved in washing your hands. Sounding more and more like an art, huh?
When you’re putting the steps above into action, you want to make sure you take at least 20 seconds to wash your hands. Now, that is the same as singing Happy Birthday To You twice, but we can save that tune for actual birthdays and swap it for a few others.
That’s right, there are other songs (any songs!) you can sing to so you don’t have to sing about birthdays every time you wash your hands. We can all find our favourite hits and wash our hands to them, as long as it takes at least 20 seconds!
There’s a little Old Town Road from Lil Nas X (click the picture to the side to see the lyrics with our handwashing guide in big) — but if you’re into theatre, another recommendation is the chorus of My Shot from the hit-musical Hamilton! What song would you try? Maybe some Lizzo? Or a little Lady Gaga?
You’re so close to being the healthy handwashing artist that’s inside of you! There are just a few more tips to remember. If you can pull it all together, it’ll be like crafting a masterpiece!
You’ve done it! You are officially an artiste! Magnifique! We may have already celebrated with some handwashing songs, but you can never be too excited about staying safe and keeping healthy!
Now let’s get that indoor dance party on!