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Hand Washing: JK - Grade 2

Covering Your Sneeze

Children learn that covering a sneeze with a tissue helps keep germs from getting on hands and prevents the spread of germs.


  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Facial tissue

Lesson Description:

  1. Explain to the class that they will be creating a portrait of themselves covering a sneeze.
  2. Have students cut an oval from a sheet of construction paper the size of a face and glue it onto another blank sheet of construction paper.
  3. Tell students to draw their face on the oval.
  4. Have children trace one of their hands on a sheet of paper and glue the bottom of the hand onto the chin of the drawn face. Make sure the fingers of the hand still lift up.
  5. Have students slide a piece of tissue between the face and the unglued part of the hand, covering the face and mouth.
  6. Discuss with students why it is important to cover a sneeze. Stress that even when a tissue is used they should wash their hands after sneezing.

If tissues aren't available students can cough or sneeze into their elbow or shoulder to keep germs from getting on hands.

Source: Wellington-Dufferin Guelph Health Unit. Down With Germs - An educational kit to promote handwashing in schools.

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