To practice proper hand-washing.
Life Skill Addressed:
Dispense one pump stroke of Glitter Bug or similar product on the hands of each teen, after
firstmaking sure no participant has skin allergies. Tell them to evenly distribute the lotion by
rubbing vigorously. Examine their hands under the UV lamp. Then have the teens wash
their hands as they normally would. Look at them again under the lamp. Then tell them to
wash their hands a second time with soap and warm running water while singing the entire
“ABC's “ song or “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. Tell them to rub their hands vigorously, to
wash the backs of their hands, their wrists, between their fingers and under their fingernails.
Rinse well and dry with a paper towel. Tell them to turn off the water with the paper towel
instead of using their hands. Look again under the lamp. Repeat until very little residue is left.
Most people will have some residue around the fingernails and in skin cracks. This shows
that even good hand-washing gets rid of most germs, but not all. Ask them: “What
happened?” “Were you surprised?” “What would you do differently next time you wash
your hands or prepare food?” “How did you feel about this activity?”
Tell the teens that part of keeping the children safe involves keeping their hands, food
preparation areas, etc. as clean as possible. Tell them that germs can lead to sickness. A good
cleaning involves soap, warm or hot water and friction plus thought and concentration.
Explain that they are going to do an activity that will help them see how well they wash their
As babysitters they will most likely have to provide some kind of nourishment for the
children. This could be as simple as a snack of milk and fruit or as involved as a full meal.
They can serve healthful, good tasting foods and still keep safety in mind.
Tell teens that if they are asked to serve a meal, to discuss this in detail with the
parents/guardians before they leave. The food must be very simple to prepare since they need
to have their attention focused on the children at all times to ensure their safety.
Glitter Bug (Source: Brevis.com)
Long wavelength UVA lamp (Source: Brevis.com)
Liquid hand soap