Teaching hygiene is not always engaging or even successful. But, some hygiene activities can be a lot of fun and still help students learn how important these skills are, especially today.
Hygiene activities can be fun (and FREE)
With the current corona virus quarantine situation, many of our kids are at home. In addition, we are more concerned than ever about teaching our kids the importance of good hygiene. This includes washing your hands (a lot!!), and not touching your face. But, it also means we still have to brush and floss our teeth and remember to put deodorant on every day.
Teaching kids about good hygiene habits can be tough and often tedious. It is hard to know where to start, and even harder to keep their interest. Although social stories and worksheets reviewing basic hygiene skills are great, they are not always all that much fun for students.
For this reason, I decided to come up with a game you can download for FREE below, Hygiene Charades.
I came up with 15 different hygiene activities that most of us would do throughout the day. Each activity is printed on a card.
How to play
There are 2 basic ways I envision using these cards as a hygiene activity:
- Traditional: The student chooses a card from the pile and acts out that particular activity without using any words.
- Challenge version: The student chooses a card and shows it to the group. Then, he/she acts out that activity, still with no words, but either leaves a step out or does it incorrectly. The rest of the group must figure out what was missing or incorrect about the action.
Because I am used to working with students who often need more visual support, I also included a game board that shows all of the possible hygiene activities. That way, students can scan and point to the action he/she believes is being acted out.
This is a tough time for all of us. None of us are used to teaching academic content at home. It is a challenge and a struggle for teachers, parents, and students. So, this is one activity where you can teach something important while still have fun.
Stay safe, stay well, and stay home if you can. We got this friends!!
Grab your free set of cards by clicking the button below.
If you are looking for more hygiene tips, resources, or activities, be sure to check out my blog post on Hygiene tips and resources for a special education classroom. There is a free social story you can download on the importance of using a tissue in place of picking your nose.
Hygiene Activities for the Classroom
If you are looking for more hygiene activities, be sure to check out these units I have on hygiene. They are packed with fun AND educational activities. In addition, they are available in a printable version AND a digital version. Just click the titles below the images.