Let your child be your partner as you wash up before a meal. Say, “It’s time to wash our hands, yours and mine.” Put soap on both your hands and lather up. Be silly as you dry your hands off together. Do you shake dry? Toss the towel back and forth? Make a hand jumble? What else?
See what your child is learning
Making your child your partner in hand washing helps them learn about this important routine. A back-and-forth conversation with words and gestures, builds your relationship too. Say, “You can wash your hands!”