Hand Washing Song Break: Stay Home and STAR

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Hand Washing Song Break: Stay Home and STAR

Sing, Talk & Read with Young Children

If you enjoy story time, you may already have some favorite fingerplay songs to help your child sing and develop their fine motor skills together. More than ever, thorough hand washing is important for everyone in the family. Build hand washing into your routine and keep even your young children washing for the whole recommended 20 seconds by singing these fingerplay songs together while washing hands. You'll continue to encourage good hygiene habits, boost their vocabulary and enjoy a story time activity at home.

Pick one of these songs (or use your favorite), and let's take a hand washing break! Don't know the tune? Click on the song titles, which link to videos of the songs.

This is the Way We Wash Our Hands (sing twice)
This is the way we wash our hands
Wash our hands
Wash our hands
This is the way we wash our hands so early in the morning

If You're Dirty and You Know It (to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It)
If you're dirty and you know it, wash your hands
If you're dirty and you know it, wash your hands
If you're dirty and you know it, 
Then your hands will surely show it
If you're dirty and you know it, wash your hands
 

Wash, Wash, Wash Your Hands (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Wash, wash, wash your hands
Wash them nice and clean.
Scrub them here 
Scrub them there 
And scrub them in between 

Wash, wash, wash, your hands
Play our cleaning game
Rub and scrub, scrub and rub
Germs go down the drain, hey!

Wash, wash, wash, your hands
Play our cleaning game
Rub and scrub, scrub and rub
Germs go down the drain, hey!

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
Look how dirty my hands are
With soap and water, wash and scrub
Get those germs off, rub-a-dub-dub 

Twinkle, twinkle little star
Look how clean my two hands are