How Can We Make Handwashing Fun?
I think we can all agree that everyday tasks are more fun when incentivized, especially for kids. For example, if you tell a child that they will get an ice cream cone if they clean their room, you can almost guarantee that they will be eager to complete the task. By gamifying and incentivizing cleaning, it motivates children to get the job done.
Now more than ever, teaching young children proper hand hygiene is essential. Kids frequently touch their eyes, nose, and mouth without even realizing it. Germs can get into the body through the eyes, nose, and mouth and make us sick. Germs from unwashed hands can get into foods and drinks while people prepare or consume them. Germs can multiply in some types of foods or drinks, under certain conditions, and make kids sick, and then spread illnesses to the rest of the family. Germs from unwashed hands can be transferred to other objects, like handrails, tabletops, or toys, and then transferred to another person’s hands. Removing germs through handwashing therefore helps prevent diarrhea and respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
Gamifying Handwashing- Keeping the Whole Family Safe
Gamifying hand washing is a big part of the solution. Kids love games, and today more and more educators understand the role games have in learning new abilities. This is part of the reason that Soapy’s solution is so fitting for schools – the ability to get real-life marks turns handwashing into a healthy competition. It also allows kids to learn from their mistakes and try again and again until they perfect this new skill. By Gamifying Handwashing, Soapy Might Just Save Civilization.
The CleanMachine is Soapy’s unique solution to the hand hygiene problem. The automatic hand washing machine is ideal for schools, as it provides a quick and accessible solution for kids to wash their hands. The CleanMachine dispenses the exact amount of soap and warm water needed per wash cycle, all while scanning the hands and letting each washer know how well they did.
A great way to help younger ages master handwashing is with a “play” or a demonstration where the kids learn to wash their hands through song and show it to their parents. The process of rehearsing the show helps them get the correct movements down and interpret them. The most thorough type of learning is when you give meaning to what you’ve learned, and that’s exactly what we want to do with these kids.