Friday, March 19, 2010

Clean Hands Save Lives!

My first day meeting the TFFT kids I was struck by two things. First and foremost was how great, smiley and easy to fall in love with they all are. Secondly was how openly they sneezed and coughed all over each other. As many of us learn when we are young clean hands save lives. In an effort to introduce our kids to the concepts of germs, the spread of illness and importance of proper hand washing I planned an activity that involved one of their favorite things, paint!

Mathayo volunteered to be a "sick," child covering his hand in paint to represent his "sick germs."

The little ones all sat down and after Mathayo shook their hand they were able to stand up and shake someone else's hand.

Once the exercise was completed the students looked at their hands and saw the varying amounts of paint or "germs," that they had acquired. Veronica shows that her hands got covered in a lot of paint.

Then they took turns washing with water. At the end they looked at their hands and most still had traces of color on their palms.

The next time Allen played the "sick" kid.

Helena shaking hands.

The whole group shaking hands and spreading disease.

This time they washed with soap and water and noticed how all of the color was washed free from their hands. Now I was able to not only tell the kids that they needed to wash with soap and water, but show them how much more effective soap can be.

This time Ashura, the "sick" one in the group, has her hands painted purple to demonstrate how germs can be passed without direct contact. We tossed a balloon around so the kids could see that even though they never touched Ashura's hands, their hands still got purple.

Tossing the balloon

The end result. Purple hands!

Allen and Fadhili with painted hands.

More hand washing.

This time clean hands= clean balloon. We successfully prevent the spread of illness.

How do we cough or sneeze?

Ndera shows us the way.

All good lessons end well and this time they were rewarded with a balloon.

Can you hear Helena's excitement as she yells "baloooooooooooooon!"

Alrighty, we are off to school. Stay tuned for more Full Circle adventures.


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