Helping children understand the importance of washing hands is the goal of a song by Grammy award-winning musician and storyteller Bill Harley.
Helping children understand the importance of washing hands is the goal of a song by Grammy award-winning musician and storyteller Bill Harley. iStockphoto.com
Grammy award-winning musician and storyteller Bill Harley doesn't want your kids — or you — to get sick this flu season. His latest song is a public service announcement turned interactive singalong to educate children on the importance of washing hands to keep germs at bay.
The song was first written for Paul Cuffee School in Providence, R.I. The Massachusetts Department of Health soon will be working the catchy tune into schools in the state. It is available as a free download at BillHarley.com.
Wash Your Hands (lavate las manos)
By Bill Harley
When you're sitting in class, There's a tickle in your nose, Then you let out a sneeze, It finally explodes. You look down at your hand, It's all covered with that goo, Don't wipe it anywhere, You know what to do!
You gotta wash your hands (lavate las manos), Wash your hands (lavate las manos), Wash your hands (lavate las manos), Wash your hands (lavate las manos).
Everyone's got germs but you keep them to yourself, Keep the colds and the flu up there on the shelf, If you want to stay healthy, There's a little trick, Do it everyday and you don't get sick!
When your stomach is growling and it's time to eat, Your body is hungry from your head down to your feet, Don't eat just yet, You gotta stop, You gotta think, Before you eat your food, Put your hands in the sink!
Those sneaky little germs don't want you to wash, They want everything dirty, oh yeah, my gosh, They love it when your hands are grimy and sticky, They grow and multiply, They're icky icky icky!
Put your hand in your mouth and then on the door, Someone grabs the doorknob and walks across the floor, Their hand gives a pencil to someone who's their friend, The pencil in the mouth, You know the circle never ends!
And now - washing hands by the number
1 use soap and water
2 you make it bubble up
3 you rub them while you sing the alphabet
4 rinse them off
5 dry them too
The germs go down the drain and everything's cool!
It's just a simple thing it's hard to believe, But if everybody did it how wonderful it'd be, We could stop the flu from spreading 'cross the land, If everybody everywhere would wash their hands!