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Cover That Sneeze


Covering coughs and sneezes is a basic health "rule." But

  • If a child coughs into his or her hand, germs will be transmitted to the next thing the child touches unless he or she washes hands first.
  • If a child coughs or sneezes into a tissue, that tissue becomes "germ central" -- not to be touched by others. Solicit ideas from children for wastebasket placement so one will always be near.

See an additional lesson idea from Education World:
Tissue, Please
Share a read-aloud story and a fun art project to teach cold-season manners.

Tissue Waste-Basket-Ball
To prepare for flu season, practice throwing away tissues and paper hand towels with a game of basketball. The trashcan is the basket!


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