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Wash your hands with Rufus

Teach your kids handwashing the Rufus way

The Rufus handwashing programme has been developed with childcare professionals to teach children about good handwashing habits.

Rufus our handwashing hero teaches kids about good handwashing practice at home – especially how important it is to wash hands for 20 seconds and to dry them properly.

Proper handwashing means following these five steps:

  1. Wash
  2. Soap
  3. Rub between fingers, thumbs and all parts of the hands for at least 20 seconds
  4. Rinse
  5. Dry

Sing the handwashing song

To help children memorise these steps, sing the Rufus song with RTÉjr’s Clara Murray. Repeat it two to three times to make sure your hands are clean.

You can also read the Rufus story book either by watching the YouTube video or downloading the pdf in English or Irish.

Story time with Clara

Story book

Get the story book in English

Nigh do Lámha, a Rufus
Get the story book in Irish

Get the story book in Ukrainian

Umyj rece, Rufus!

Get the story book in Polish

Sink poster

And if you don’t have our sink poster, you can print it out to put over the sink to remind kids to follow the five steps.

Print out the sink poster


Postear Nigh do lamha
An póstaer as Gaeilge

Handwashing - the Rufus way

Here’s a Rufus animation which reminds us of the five steps – wash, soap, rub, rinse and dry.

Colouring sheets

Your little ones can colour in our Rufus colouring sheets.

Colour in a sink poster | Colour in Rufus

Character cut-outs

Rufus handwashing storybook character cut-outs

Here’s some of the story book characters to cut out and make into puppets to create new adventures for Rufus and friends

Character cut-outs Sheet 1 | Character cut-outs Sheet 

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