PEC: Bulletin Boards for Physical Education

Title of Bulletin Board: Handwashing

Category: Wellness

Suggested Grade Level: K-5

Materials: Bulletin board paper, paint, silver foil


The board shows a large tap with two hands underneath it with a drop of water. There are three large bubbles made of silver foil that will contain the information. Smaller foil bubbles also dot the bulletin board.

On the large bubbles I have the following information

1. Why - to stop the spread of germs and viruses. These can cause serious illness and diarrhea

2. When - Before and after eating; after coughing or sneezing; after gym class; after using the bathroom; after treating or touching a wound.

3. How - Wet hands with warm water; Use soap and scrub for 15 seconds; make sure you get the front and back of the hands, between fingers, and around nails and wrists; Rinse well

We created this board because it was felt in the school that students were not washing their hands, and if they were, it wasn't the correct way.

Handwashing Image

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Submitted by Curt Moll who teaches at St. Mary's School in Medicine Hat, Alberta in USA. Additional authors for this idea were Barb Moll. Thanks for contributing to PE Central! Posted on PEC: 4/24/2009 5:14:46 PM. Viewed 24140 times since 4/23/2009.

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Awesome display!!! Very eye catching, great work!


I spend my day with a preschool classroom and am going to use this idea. Additionally I am going to put pictures of them washing their hands in the bubbles.
Thanks for the idea.


I, too, am an elementary school nurse and have been searching for an engaging bulletin board idea concerning handwashing. Thanks for sharing this one - it is clever and my students will love it!


As a nurse in a K-5 school, I am always looking for innovative ways to convey the importance of handwashing. With all the hype regarding H1N1, I would like to start the year with positive habits. This board is the best idea I have seen!

Rosalie Steigerwald

thanks for this idea...I put this bulletin board up today...looks great...for opening week I will be doing lessons on hand washing...