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Practicing Good Hygiene


Small squares of paper
White paper plates, one for each child
Brown, yellow, red, and black pieces of yarn (cut into 2” pieces)
Construction paper, in blue, green, brown, and gray colors
Fine-tip black markers
Flesh color construction paper
Facial tissues


1. Introduce the subject of practicing good hygiene. Talk about covering our
mouths when coughing and sneezing, using a tissue for our noses, and so on.
Explain to the children that it is also polite to cover their mouths and noses
when they sneeze or cough.
2. Ask the children to practice coughing, sneezing, and wiping their nose into
tissues and then disposing the tissues into the proper receptacle. Tell the
children that if no tissue is available, they should cough and sneeze into their
forearms rather than their hands, which readily spreads germs to anything
they touch thereafter.
3. Beforehand, type the following poem onto squares of paper:
When you cough
And when you sneeze,
Cover your mouth,
If you please.
4. Read the poem to the children. Then give each child a paper plate and
explain that they will be making a paper plate face that looks like them,
covering their mouth with a tissue.
5. Encourage the children to glue on yarn for hair and draw in the outlines of
eyebrows, a nose, and eyes with a fine-tip marker.
6. Cut colored construction paper into two small circles for the child’s own eye
color and glue them inside the eye outlines.
7. Trace hands onto “flesh” colored paper and cut them out. Glue them over the
mouth area to hold the tissue in place.
8. Finally, glue the “When you cough” poem to the bottom edge of the plate.
More to do
Health: Practice proper hand washing technique at the sink using water, soap,
and paper towels.

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