Handwashing the Rufus way
Teach children good handwashing habits the Rufus way.
The Rufus handwashing programme has been developed with childcare professionals to teach children about good handwashing habits, emphasising the need to wash hands for at least 20 seconds and to dry them thoroughly.
We all have our role to play in keeping germs like Covid-19 at bay, and our Rufus handwashing programme has lots of class resources to help children learn the importance of regular and correct handwashing.
Teach these five steps to handwashing:
- Rub between fingers, thumbs and all parts of the hands for at least 20 seconds
Read the story book
The Rufus story book uses colourful, fun illustrations and rhyme to teach children about the important times they should wash their hands. You can read the whiteboard version of the storybook or watch Clara read the storybook.
You can also download a PDF of the book in English or Irish.
Whiteboard story book
Whiteboard story in Irish
Get the story book
Story time with RTÉjr's Clara Murray
To help children memorise the five steps, sing the Rufus song with Clara.
Here’s a Rufus animation which reminds us of the five steps – wash, soap, rub, rinse and dry.
Colour in Rufus
Print out these colouring sheets to create some Rufus art for your walls.
Here’s some of the storybook characters to cut out and make into puppets to create new adventures for Rufus and friends
Play the new Rufus game
Help your children learn the five steps by playing our new Rufus game. The game works best on desktop or tablet.