FREE Handwashing Posters, Handouts & Game Materials

SINK THOSE GERMS: Wash Your Hands!

More FREE handwashing posters, handouts & materials

Sink Those Germs Poster and other FREE handwashing materialsAlice Henneman, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension
Joyce Jensen, REHS, CP-FS, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department

Promote handwashing to youth with these "Sink Those Germs: Wash Your Hands!" materials.

Use separately as handouts or posters. Or, use them for a bean bag toss game. Use at:

  • Health Fairs
  • Day Care Centers
  • School Classes
  • Youth Meetings
  • Home

To Play as a Bean Bag Game

Youth try to "sink germs" by tossing bean bag "germs" into a container. The game uses 6 bean bags to correspond with the 6 times it is important to wash hands.

Included in the materials is a coloring sheet that youth can take home with them. Optional materials are provided so a prize drawing can be used with the game.

Below are the educational materials you will need — provided in PDF format. If you plan to use the materials to play a "toss" game, you also will need:

  1. A container of some type (such as a plastic tote or cardboard box).
  2. Six bean bags. (Any small bean bags, about 3-inches across, would work — we used "EduBug™ BeanBags.")

The following materials print well both in black and white or color. Vertical and horizonal versions are provided. Mix and match the pieces which would work best for your situation.

"Sink Those Germs" in Action

tossing a bean bag

The "germs" placed on the "Wash Your Hands After ..." sheet"

choosing a bean bag

Talking about handwashing while selecting a bean bag to toss


Getting ready to "Sink Those Germs" by tossing a bean bag into the container

Downloadable Material

LABEL — Put on the side(s) of the container used to toss bean bag "germs" in.

 Sink Germs

Vertical Version 

Sink Germs

Horizontal Version

SHEET TO PLACE BEAN BAGS ON — As youth lift the bags, they "discover" 6 reasons to wash hands. (Or, use as a POSTER. And/or use as a LABEL to put on side(s) of the container.)

Vertical Version

Wash Your Hands

Horizontal Version

 PROMOTIONAL SIGN (version for use WITH a drawing)

promotional sign

Vertical Version

promotional sign

Horizontal Version


Form to collect names for a drawing