Hygiene activities for kids

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Free resources and games

Teach good hygiene with our free, fun and educational activities for children. We have something suitable for every age, from online games and activity sheets, to experiments and videos.

Game: Germ Zapper

Screenshot of our free online game for children called Germ Zapper

Suitable for: Early Years (ages 1 to 5)

This fun game explores the world of germs, where they may be hiding in your house, and why it's important to get rid of them by washing your hands. It also gives a thorough explanation of the correct hand washing sequence.

We also have an accompanying discussion sheet (PDF) to work through with your children as you play the game together.

Play Germ Zapper

Experiment: how do we get rid of germs?

Shazia and Nadia washing their hands with soap at a tap in a newly installed facility in their school in Pakistan
WaterAid/Asad Zaidi

Suitable for: Early Years and Key Stage 1 (ages 1 to 7)

Use our simple experiment to show your children what they need to do to clean their hands properly.

Explain to the children that they are going to do an experiment using oil and that the oil is going to represent bacteria. They’re going to wash their hands in three different ways. After each wash, rate the appearance of their hands as either ‘very oily’ ‘oily’ or ‘not oily’.

Video: what's the hype about handwashing?

Suitable for: Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11 to 16)

This video explains why handwashing is so important, and how many people in the world still don't have the clean water they need to do it.

Video: how to make a tippy tap

Suitable for: Key Stages 3 and 4 (ages 11 to 16)

There are lots of places in the world where people don’t have running water and porcelain sinks like us. But there are still ways to get the clean water they need to wash their hands! One of them is by making a tippy tap - a simple structure that can hold and pour out water from a container.

Want to have a go at building your own? Download the activity sheet (PDF) >

We have lots of other activities for families to do at home, from crafts to quizzes.

We have a whole playlist of educational films for children to watch.

Find out how handwashing can help reduce the spread of coronavirus, and what we're doing to help the communities we work with.