One lesson I always tried to make sure I taught in conjunction with using the potty, was hand washing. This is a lesson that if learned early-on will never be an issue. Even if your child shows no interest in washing their hands or tries to put up a fight, don’t give up. There are plenty of ways to make hand washing fun!
You can use what I call the Mickey & Minnie Method! After all, don’t they make everything more fun?
Thanks to method soap you can now purchase Mickey & Minnie themed hand soap. The soap is great for kids because it smells good, it comes in an awesome container, and it is a foaming soap. Kids and moms alike love foaming soap because it doesn’t make the huge mess regular soap makes, bubbles are fun, and kids don’t seem to waste as much! Another reason I usemethod hand soap in my home is because I don’t have to worry about my children washing their hands with dirty ingredients. Method is safe for the environment, and little hands!
So let’s think about what Mickey & Minnie might do to get your kids excited about hand washing.
– Make it a game:You can make hand washing a game. Simply play the games your child already loves. Does your child like to race? After your child uses the potty have a race to see who can get the cleanest hands the fastest. Maybe your child loves hide-and-go seek. If so hide the hand soap before your child comes into the bathroom, and allow them to find it when they finish going potty. There are endless ways to make hand washing a fun game (maybe you need to pull out your “Mouseketools” to figure out how to best use hand soap, mom!).
– Use your senses: When your child has finished using the potty have them them smell, and touch the soap, look at the soap and tell you what color it is, or what shape the foam looks like in their hand, and have them tell you how the soap feels. Does it feel soft? Is it slippery? Every moment can be a learning moment.
– Reward: Print a Mickey themed hand washing chart and give them a sticker each time they wash their hands without being reminded! Then reward them with their favorite snack or small toy.
Who knows, hand washing may end up being so much fun your child may start using the potty just so he can wash his hands!
You can buy these adorable Mickey & Minnie hand soaps online in the method store.
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~I received product for review from the Mom Bloggers Club & method. All opinions tips and tricks are my own!