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Fun Books about Germs & Hand Washing

October 1, 2013 in Children's Health Education

 It is fun to put a whole germ lesson together that includes a fun craft, a catchy song with motions and a great book to drive it all home. I have come across some nice books that teach kids about not spreading germs and good hand washing. I just finished an illustrated eBook of my song “Don’t Spread Your Germs Around” tonight, be sure to check it out at the end of this post. It came out nice! I will add an Amazon link for all the books, they are really affordable.

Kids love a good book and you know it is good when they ask for it over and over again:

Fun Germ Books

Nick is Sick



“Nick is Sick” is by Sandy Riggs, illustrated by Carol Koeller, published by Barron’s. It is a fun book with simple reading. Nick’s friend wants to play with him and brings several gifts to him. Finally Nick’s friend brings him a get well booklet that he has created.

At the end of “Nick is Sick” a quick review is given how we spread germs and how to prevent from spreading germs. Instructions are also included on how to make get well booklets.




Germs make me sick



“Germs Make Me Sick” by Melvin Berger, Illustrated by Marylin Hafner This book is for older kids and explains viruses and bacteria and how they make you sick. Although it is for older children you can always explain it in simpler terms for younger children. There are lots of cool pictures.



Trouble with Bubbles



“Trouble with Bubbles” written by Frank B. Edwards & illustrated by John Bianchi another Scholastic book. This is a very simple book about different jungle animals who want to be clean. The animal trainer sends them with soap and a towel and states “go to the tub and scrub with soap and water.” Cute! Even though Amazon has this priced at $45.00 in the link below, it is available in hardback cover for under $10.00




germs germs germs


“Germ, Germs, Germs” is by Bobbi Katz, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman, put out by Scholastic. I love this book because it rhymes, for me this is akin to singing a song.  It is written from the perspective of the germs who describe places germs can grow the best and for them the enemies are good habits to prevent germs. It’s cute and your kids are sure to love it.





“Germs” written Judy Oetting, illustrated by Tad Herr

I love this one because it rhymes and really engages kids. It describes where all the germs can be.




Don't Spread Your Germs Around cover


Don’t Spread Your Germs Around Book doc PDF is one of the songs off of The Singing Nurse CD. Today I am offering the eBook for free so download yours quick. You can download the song & lesson here The Singing Nurse Health Lessons for Kids.

Well there you have it, five resources to make your germ and hand washing lesson fun, musical, colorful and educational. Kids are like little sponges and eager to learn. When you integrate all the senses kids will absorb your lesson all the more. Songs with motions, books with interesting pictures and information and colorful art and games are wonderful activities that will speak to the auditory, the visual and as well the hands on learners.

Have a great time with those precious little people in your classroom or home.

If there is anything we might help you with please do not hesitate to ask. Please share with our readers what books you have used to teach about germs or hand washing.

You might also like the posts below:

More Germ Fun posts

Subscribe to receive your free Hand Washing Activity eBook

Check out the video on the “Kids Music” home page that is a review of “The Singing Nurse Health Lessons for Kids

For Healthy Happy Kids,

Ms. Dawn

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Fun Germ Books links

Back to School Germ Solutions!

September 3, 2013 in Children's Health Education

Just wanted to let you all know that The Singing Nurse has your back to school germ solution. A free fun activity reminder about not sharing those crummy germs that make us all so sick. We all have been enjoying the out doors this summer and haven’t spent much time huddled together right? Well we all know the fall and winter is closing in soon and I wanted to offer a free fun germ activity solution for all you folk who will be huddling with little ones and maybe some not so little co-workers. 

Hand Washing Activity book sample aug 2013 Dawn Ginese RN resized w TSNWe here at The Singing Nurse have created a fun & free 8 page Hand Washing Activity eBook.  This will be a wonderful resource to kick off your school year. You can copy it off and send the activity booklet home with your children or use it in your educational situation. The activity sheets will encourage creativity as well as educate your kiddos about not spreading germs, hand washing, coughing and sneezing in their shoulders and more.  All you have to do is subscribe to our newsletter and bingo you have your Free Hand Washing Activity eBook in PDF form all ready for your kids this fall and all year long. For those of you who are subscribed and missed it go ahead and hit the subscribe button to receive your copy today.

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Turtles, Hand Washing, Craft & Song

July 31, 2013 in Children's Health Education, Creative Adventures

Turtle Hatchlings, Hand Washing, Craft & Song

Did you know turtles give us another reason for hand washing?  Reptiles can carry the bacteria Salmonella which is the reason for practicing good hand hygiene after handling turtles. What a surprise to my husband and I when we walked up on some hungry crows digging up a turtle’s nest. We shooed the crows away and discovered a couple of turtles with a little life left in them.

There were some children playing nearby, so we invited them to discover the brand new premature hatchlings. Being respectful of the little creatures, in light of the hungry lurking crows, everyone decided they must go in the ocean. This young boy gently places two of them in the waves.

 The next day while visiting the Ocean Center, we found a nice big cooler outside for hatchlings found and in danger. The Ocean Center takes them in, nurtures them and then releases them when they became strong.

 The Ocean Center helps to protect the hatchlings from humans too by taping off the egg nest with a stiff $1000 fine for disturbing them.

 Turtles are interesting creatures. We know they mate because they lay eggs. But did you know that the mother will lay her eggs and then leave them to fend for themselves. It is curious to me that the mother just leaves, in most of the animal kingdom mothers nurture and protect their young. I like to think that they all meet up again in the great big ocean to have their family reunion, mate with neighbor turtles and then make their own trek to the shore to lay their eggs.

None the less I wanted to share with you some safety measures about turtles. Turtles and other reptiles can carry the Salmonella Bacteria which can cause diarrhea, stomach problems, fever and fatal illness in some cases. Because of the risk to especially young children there has been a ban on the sale of turtles less than 4 inches.

The CDC has some great info on preventing Salmonella. The CDC’s main points are.

Don’t own a turtle.  

Don’t touch a turtle or its habitat.

Do wash your hands if you have touched either. 

CDC Salmonella Info. Link

Below are some fun activities to do with your children to reinforce learning about turtle safety and good hand washing.

I came across a couple of fun books about turtles while on vacation in Florida. I found them at the Ocean Center where they have loads of ocean creature books. The books are also available on Amazon.  

The one below is about two sister hatchlings that make it to the ocean and then return years later to lay their eggs.

This one is about a mother sharing the turtle experience with her daughter and creating a journal. Watching, waiting and learning about the sea turtles. It has lots of great pictures.

I took a short video of the hatchlings we found but it paled against this video I found on YouTube. It shows the nest of turtles ready to make their run for the ocean with human on lookers cheering them on. Link for mobile devices 🙂

I read the two books with my young patient and then we created a turtle together out of an oatmeal box and cardboard.  Very easy to create.

Items you will need:

Oatmeal box, cardboard, razor/scissors, paints, brushes, googly eyes, suction cup hook.

Remove the paper from your oatmeal box. Cut off the bottom of the oatmeal box making it about 3-4 inches high.

Cut some legs, a tail and a head. Make sure to make the insertion part a little longer so you can push it into the turtle body later.

Paint all the parts, let dry.  Add a few turtle shell designs on the body of the turtle in a lighter color. Let all parts dry completely.

Cut slits around the turtle body for the legs, head and tail. Insert parts and glue eyes to head.

Optional: make a hole in the side for a short string, place suction cup hanger on the window and hang your turtle.

Option for older children: it would be fun to cut a design in the turtle shell and use different colored tissue paper to cover the openings so when you hang it in the window the light will illuminate it making it look like stained glass.

Hand washing activity: Explain the importance of hand washing after handling animals especially turtles because of the bacteria they may carry called Salmonella. You can give everyone a tub to wash in while singing “Rubba Dub Dub” (kids love water play) or you can go two by two to the sink singing as you go. Individual hand washing lesson with song available here.

Check out another fun activity from our friends at Nanobugs. Salmonella coloring page  

Click on this link, open the link, find Salmonella on the page and click to read info. Nanobugs has lots of fun info on other virus’ and bacteria and good hand hygiene info as well. Great educational resource!

Below are part of the lyrics to one of my songs yet to be recorded, maybe you can attach the words to your child’s drawing of a turtle sitting on a rock or an old tire.

Little Turtle I can tell, you like sunshine on your shell

You sun all day and you sleep at night, little turtle you’re all right

Little animals we like you, little animals special too

Little animals live with man, little animals in God’s hand.

Dawn Ginese

Hope you enjoy this turtle hand washing theme with your young children today. Do you have any turtle songs or activities about hand washing you can share with us? Comment below!

Come Sing & Learn with us!

Ms. Dawn,

Other ocean theme activities you may enjoy: 

♥ Stingrays , ♥ Beach care♥ Beach Safety Hand Washing/Germs


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Lyme Disease Prevention, School Visit

April 2, 2013 in Children's Health Education, TSN outreach Projects

Ticks on a Stick!

A Re-post: Spring is here yippee! Please read our Lyme Disease prevention posts to help you get ready for the tick season. I really dislike ticks. 


I prepared ticks on a stick for my visit to my grandson’s early learning center, Natural Wonders in Poughquag, NY. He really enjoys his class and my daughter in-law who is a Spec Ed teacher is very satisfied with the program.

I decided to make the ticks on a stick because I felt the children might be too young to participate in the full Tick Disease Prevention activities.

The adults raised the Ehrlichiosis, Babesiosis and Lyme signs as the children raised their little ticks on a stick when we came to the words in the song, “Stay away from that Tick, He’ll make you feel sick…”. It worked great and the children were able to take the ticks, color them and share the information when they got home.

 I also recommended that the teacher place a magnet on the back so the child could place it on their refrigerator and use it to fan themselves during the hot summer. 

Lyme Disease Prevention Poster

This is a picture of my grandson and I at the end of our visit. We are posing in front of the poster I have been adding to as I educate children about Lyme Disease.

Before our session the children each made a thumb print on a small sticky note pad with their names and I added the legs and called them up one by one to place their little tick on the Lyme Disease Prevention Poster.

We had fun!

I also visited Acorn to Oaks, a quality early childhood program in Hopewell Juction NY on the same morning. It was good to see old friends and share with the children about Lyme Disease and how to protect ourselves from those pesky little eight legged ticks.

“Stay away from that tick, he’ll make you feel sick.”

Be Healthy, Ms. Dawn


Update:  Awwww, A Thank-You Poster from Natural Wonders-It is beautiful! Thanks…..I especially love the socks tucked in the pants pic.

Thank-you poster from Natural Wonders

Lyme Disease Prevention is lesson # 5 in “The Singing Nurse-Health Lessons for Kids”

See other posts about Lyme Disease Prevention:

Beware Lyme is Here!

Lyme Disease Prevention for Kids

Hear “The Tick Song”

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How to Make Hand Washing Fun!

March 19, 2013 in Children's Health Education

 We all like to learn new ways and interesting activities for hand washing. Simple projects for young children and preschoolers can make washing hands fun. I hope you enjoy these sites that promote go hand hygiene and offer lots of free stuff too.

How cool is this organization, they contract hotels to donate soaps that the hotel usually throws out. They recycle, test and repackage it and give it to Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) that are teaching good hand hygiene around the world which saves lives. Sweet!

The CDC has a Global Handwashing Day in Oct. Check out their site for the details.

Quote from CDC website:

“About 2.2 million children5 under the age of 5 die each year from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the world.2 Handwashing is not only simple and inexpensive, but remarkably, handwashing with soap can dramatically cut the number of young children who get sick. Handwashing with soap could protect about 1 out of every 3 young children who get sick with diarrhea3 and almost 1 out of 6 young children with respiratory infections like pneumonia4. Although people around the world clean their hands with water, very few use soap to wash their hands. Washing hands with soap removes germs much more effectively5.”

When the CDC says you should wash your hands, click here. 

KidsHealth is a great site with more info about germs and handwashing. It also has an audio feature so you can let the kids listen. This site is a great resource for parents and teachers as well.

I really like this poster from a Massachusetts governmental website.  Handwashing poster 

 You may like this post that shares my favorite handwashing videos.

 Have a great week educating your kids in healthy hand washing!

For Life and Healthy Living,

Ms. Dawn

What are some of your favorite, fun and engaging hand washing activities for kids?




What do you collect at the Beach?

March 5, 2013 in Children's Health Education, Creative Adventures

I was away this winter catching some sunshine, strolling the beach and collecting my shells and rocks and I met Leah. She was doing her own collecting and I was curious.  She had a huge bucket, and my pockets were getting so full I had to keep pulling up my sagging pants. I was thinking I might need a huge bucket like hers next time I walked the Florida coast.

Finally, our paths crossed and I inquisitively asked what she was collecting. With her contagious smile she stated she was collecting garbage. Wow, impressed, I quizzed her further.  She was visiting her family in Florida and practicing what she preached (my words). She was on break from West Virginia University majoring in Environment Studies.

Leah was collecting our careless littering. So I said let me take a picture so you can add it to your portfolio and she agreed.  I was getting a little annoyed with the sun because it was difficult to maneuver my iphone because of the brightness.  How trite of me, we both shared a laughing aha moment, after all, the beautiful beach and wonderful warm sun were the major reasons we were both there.

 Leah inspired me, so on my next walk I carried a bucket to collect some garbage too. It is amazing when you change your mind set to be aware of your environment.  So now I will look with different eyes to collect shells, rocks and garbage.

This is one of the creatures giving us the reason to remove the harmful effects of plastic bags, fork, spoons, soda bottle lids and cigarette butts etc. 

Remember of course to wash your hands after picking up garbage.

Be Helpful, Be Healthy, Be a Good Steward,

Ms. Dawn

Other post you may enjoy:

 Oceans    Shell & Rock Art   ♥ Washing Hands

Flu Shot Quiz & Wash hands too!

January 18, 2013 in Children's Health Education

Get a Flu Shot & Wash Your Hands!

Hey there, I went and received my Flu shot today. I usually get mine in October but I have been fighting the sniffles off and on.  I still have to wait two week for it to work.

The CDC say the Flu shot is our best defense against the flu, but hand washing and covering our sneeze and coughs are helpful prevention actions. The Doc says it take 2 week to build up immunity, so get going, go get your shot. Reports say that the flu is wide spread and already touching all states.

Teachers and parents test your knowledge with the cool flu quiz below.

Have you missed work or school because of the flu? Let us know how the flu is hitting your area and what you have been doing to protect you and your families?

Below are some fun activities and previous posts about germ prevention.

 Green Germ Lesson for Kids  ♥ Germ Game  ♥ Hand Washing Lesson & Songs  
♥ Kid Hand Washing Songs


Have a Healthy New Year, Ms. Dawn

CDC say Flu Season starting early!

December 8, 2012 in Children's Health Education, News - Updates

The CDC is reporting an early flu season. The CDC still says vaccinating, staying home when you are sick, and washing hands often is still the best medicine for protecting yourself and others from the flu.

Check out your Flu IQ below then arrow back to us.

Help keep your kids healthy during the flu season, be ready…Prevent it!    Flu_Guide_for_Parents PDF

 Flu IQ

 Get your Vaccine Today!


Flu shot now!-√  Stay home when sick!-√  Wash hands often-√  Educate my kids-√

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Pediatric Nurses Child-Life Hospital Workers Home Care Pediatric Nurses & Aids

ECE/Schools/Teachers/Parents/Administrators Home School Families 

Public Health Nurse Pediatrician Airports Libraries Hospitals

Anywhere people cough, sneeze & breath need The Singing Nurse Flu Prevention message! 

Info on purchasing the curriculum, downloading music and hand washing animation or Health Songs only click Here.

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For a Healthier Flu Season…Prevent it!

Ms. Dawn, The Singing Nurse

Did we tell you? “Hand Washing Animation for Kids” also included!

November 24, 2012 in Children's Health Education, News - Updates, Uncategorized

Did we tell you? Did you know? The “Rubba Dub Dub Animated Handwashing Song for Kids” is included in The Singing Nurse Health Lessons for Kids”.

We have four different ways you can have your own copy before the cold and flu season bombards you. Germs are all around and teaching young children to wash their hands is the one tried and true way to prevent winter colds and flu. Of course coughing and sneezing in your shoulder is another tool for preventing illness in preschoolers as well.

I know what you are thinking, you’ve got to be kidding, have you seen my little snot nosed kids? Believe me when you get these little songs in their heads it becomes second nature for your children to cough or sneeze in their shoulder and washing hands becomes a fun activity.

Meditation in right thinking is invaluable. Hearing a catchy song is like hearing 1000 sweet little reminders.

“A picture is worth a 1000 words.”

1. You can own a copy when you purchase our download version, sent to you within 24-48 hrs.

2. You can own a copy when you purchase Individual Lesson #1

3. You can own a copy when you purchase Individual Lesson Combo 1 & 4 


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Don’t Spread Your Germs Around!

November 6, 2012 in Children's Health Education, The Singing Nurse Music

Don't Spread Your Germs Around!

Fun learning, “Don’t Spread Your Germs Around”! 

I received this picture the other day from Nathan who is learning not to spread his germs around. I think he’s been listening to the song. Such a fun song with active hand motions helping the kids learn, “oh! no! Don’t Spread Your Germs Around”

Check out our lessons, gobs of fun, we have individual lessons too to help get your feet wet, and healthy too!

For Healthy Kids, Ms. Dawn

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