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11 Fun Songs You’ll Want on Your Classroom’s Handwashing Playlist

Updated 07/23/20

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Handwashing is an important part of protecting students from the virus that causes COVID-19. We’ve collected fun songs that encourage kids to wash their hands thoroughly, and have fun while doing it.

Fun Songs You'll Want on Your Classroom's Handwashing Playlist


Good hand hygiene is an important part of protecting students from the virus that causes COVID-19. If you’re tired of reminding students to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice while washing their hands, no worries—we have you covered with this list of songs to add to your classroom’s handwashing playlist.


A Twist on “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”

Method Soap handwashing song poster

Here’s a handwashing song from method hand soap with lyrics to be sung to the familiar tune “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.”

Bubble, bubble little soap
How I wonder, how I hope

You float above the sink so high
I make a wish as you go by

So float away my soapy friend,
And make my wish come true.
The end!

Teachers can receive a free classroom poster with this catchy song and a high-value coupon for method hand soap! All you have to do is add method hand soap to your classroom supply list on TeacherLists by August 1, 2020.


Songs Inspired by “Old Town Road”

A 2nd grade class at Oak Meadow Elementary in El Dorado Hills, Calif., rewrote the Lil Nas X hit “Old Town Road” and made a video demonstrating how to wash hands thoroughly.


A teacher recorded a version with simpler lyrics, which she shared with her students’ families.


The Epic Handwashing Parody

Singer Peter Hollens updated the lyrics to hits from Billie Eilish, Luis Fonsi, and Lil Nas X, among others, that students are bound to recognize. Part of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” is changed to “you can save the day, if you wash the germs away,” while the Bruno Mars hit “Uptown Funk” has these lines: “Bad bugs we ’bout to squash. Don’t believe me? Just wash!”


The Holderness Family Parodies

You may know the Holderness family from their humorous viral videos about family life. With parody versions of hits from the past (we’re talking way in the past, like the ’70s and ’80s!), this handwashing video is designed to appeal to grownups but has clean lyrics for the kids. The songs covered include “Sweet Caroline,” by Neil Diamond, Salt-n-Pepa’s “Shoop,” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” by Queen.


The Rock Singing “You’re Welcome” From Moana

Is there anything cuter than the Rock singing his coronavirus-inspired version of “You’re Welcome” from the movie Moana to his young daughter? Most of the lyrics from the Disney hit remain intact, with a few exceptions like “What can I say except you’re welcome? The coronavirus has got to go!”


Jimmy Fallon’s “Wash Your Hands” Song

The Tonight Show host made this video of him playing the guitar and singing a simple song: “Wash your hands, wash your hands, don’t touch your face!” The video features his daughters and times in at exactly 20 seconds.


Baby Shark Handwashing Song

Kids in the lower grades will love this version of the familiar earworm “Baby Shark” with new lyrics. While the video plays, words on the screen guide kids through washing their hands thoroughly. The video has a timer to count down when 20 seconds of handwashing have been completed.


A New Version of “Frère Jacques”

The two children’s librarians who run the site Jbrary recorded a handwashing song to the tune of the nursery rhyme “Frère Jacques.” The simple song should be easy for even the youngest of students to learn.


The Wiggles Handwashing Song

Early childhood teachers will especially love the Wiggles’ version of a handwashing song. The instructions in the song are simple and easy for young students to follow, and they’ll enjoy seeing familiar performers from the Wiggles TV shows.


Gabriel the Teacher’s “Wash Your Hands” Rap

This song’s rap lyrics remind listeners of important handwashing steps, like interlacing fingers and scrubbing under fingernails. The tempo is slow enough that non-rapping teachers and students should be able to learn the lyrics.

Originally posted 2020

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