How To Teach Super Simple Songs

How To Teach The Hand Washing Song

Caitie is sharing helpful tips for learning in the classroom or at home using The Hand Washing Song from Super Simple Songs! She sings the song and shows us gestures for the key vocabulary words, too! This a great song to encourage little ones to wash their hands and to teach different parts of the hand like fingers and thumbs.

Try these ideas in the classroom or at home!

  • This song is filled with great hand-washing tips. Follow the actions to make sure you get your hands nice and clean!
  • The songs covers all the different areas of our hands: our fingertips, the top of our hands, in between our fingers, and our thumbs. Point to those different parts of the hand when singing the song to teach and remind little ones to wash every part of their hands.
  • Use this song as a transition in the classroom when it’s time to wash your hands.
  • Have your students role play washing their hands while singing the song, following along with the action.
  • Have students role-play with a stuffed animal and help the stuffied wash their hands.
  • The chorus of this song is strategically timed to be 20 seconds long, the recommended length of time needed to properly clean your hands. You can sing the chorus or play it to know you are washing for the proper amount of time.
  • For a fun activity related to hand washing, try making a hand-washing sensory bag with your students. As you listen to the song, point to the different parts of the hand and wipe away the germs, making it all nice and clean. It’s a great way to review those parts of the hand and to help little ones visualize the germs they are washing away when they clean their hands.