Hand Washing Colouring Page & Activity for Kids

Young children often don't realise how important it is to wash their hands. They tend to either not worry about washing their hands at all or wash their hands in two seconds flat by quickly running their hands under the tap. This printable hand washing colouring page is the perfect activity to do with your child to encourage hand washing. Display it near the sink to remind little ones that they need to wash their hands to help reduce the spread of germs.

printable hand washing colouring sheet

Children from toddlers and preschoolers upwards need to be shown how to effectively wash their hands.  Read through our list below with your child to be sure they are following all of the hand washing steps.

Related content: Talking to kids about the coronavirus

How to wash your hands guide for kids:

1. Water and soap
2. Palm to palm
3. Between fingers
4. Focus on thumbs
5. Back of hands
6. Focus on wrists

To make sure that they are spending long enough scrubbing their hands (at least 20 seconds) encourage them to sing twinkle twinkle little star as they scrub their hands, when the song finishes they can rinse and dry their hands.

Once children are sure of the hand washing rules it is time for them to make a hand washing poster! Older children may like to design their own posters while toddlers and preschoolers colour in the printable hand washing poster below.

Hand Washing Colouring Page

Scroll down to the end of the page to download a copy of our hand washing colouring page. The words wash your hands are written with a dot font ready for kids to trace over it with the message wash your hands to reduce the spread of germs written below.

If you have children that are unsure of what germs are talk to them about what they are and how they are spread. You could even make your own germ craft or do the germ hand washing activity below.

Scroll down for the free printable hand washing colouring page

printable hand washing colouring poster

Germ activity

A fun way of showing children how easily germs spread is to use glitter! Pour a small amount of glitter onto your child's hands. Tell them that the glitter represents germs. Ask them to touch the door handle, shake hands etc so they can see how easily the glitter (germs) spread. Then ask them to wash their hands by running them under the tap. Has all the glitter (germs) gone? Or do they need to wash their hands more carefully?

germ hand washing activity for kids

Check out this video from our facebook page with a fun activity to demonstrate to kids the importance of using soap to keep germs away.


To download this printable hand washing colouring page for free click on the link below and use the discount code: wash. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

hand washing colouring page

Once you have printed off and coloured in your hand washing colouring page display it where the kids will see it to remind them of the importance of washing their hands to help reduce the spread of germs.

Printable hand washing colouring page for kids

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