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  • Bowl or small basin. 
  • Pitcher. 
  • Small dish with small cake of soap. 
  • Small dish with small nail brush. 
  • Small dish for personal jewelry. 
  • Small hand towel to dry hands – optional
  • Drying cloth for cleaning up. 
  • Bucket for water discard. 
  • Optional lotion container (not pump). 
  • A stable stand or table. 
  • A plastic-coated table cloth or oilcloth. 
  • A plastic-coated table cloth or oilcloth


  1. Invite the child to the lesson. 
  2. Explain that the child will learn how to wash his hands. 
  3. Ask the child to watch. 
  4. Put on apron. 
  5. Roll up sleeves. 
  6. Remove jewelry and place it in ring holder. 
  7. Fill the pitcher up with water. 
  8. Pour the water into the bowl. 
  9. Gently place hands into the water. 
  10. Lift hands over water and let your hands drip into the bowl. 
  11. Pick up soap bar and rub it on hands. 
  12. Rub hands together, lathering them. 
  13. Dab hands into the water once again to remove the soap. 
  14. Pick up the towel in the bottom right corner. 
  15. Dry your hands. 
  16. Fold towel back into original position. 
  17. Gently rotate the bowl to loosen the soap. 
  18. Pour the water from the bowl into the bucket.  
  19. Pour remaining water from the pitcher into the bowl. 
  20. Gently rotate again and pour the water into the bucket. 
  21. Pour the water from the bucket into the water waste area. 
  22. Ask the child to perform the exercise. 
  23. Once the child is done, show him to clean up. 
  24. Dry the bowl, pitcher, table and floor with the table drying towel in the top right corner. 
  25. Fold the towel if it is clean, if not place it in the laundry bin and replace it with a clean one. 
  26. Place the pitcher back into the center of the bowl. 
  27. Remove apron, put jewelry back on, unroll sleeves.


Same as presentation.

Points of Interest

Wetting hands without splashing.


Care of the person through washing hands, give a sense of order through a sequence of materials, concentration, independence.  


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Much different from washing hands at sink as this is a focusing activity. Helps child see joy of personal care. 

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