Father helping children wash hands.

Habits for Healthy Kids

There are simple habits children can use to help stay healthy all year, but especially during cold and flu season. Use the below resources from Iowa PBS, PBS KIDS, Sesame Street and other public media stations as a fun reminder for kids.

Staying Healthy is in Your Hands! | Iowa PBS

The key to staying healthy is literally in your hands… as long as you wash them! These three videos from Iowa PBS cover handwashing, sneezing into your elbow and more in a kid-friendly way.


How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus

This article from PBS KIDS for Parents has tips for talking to your children about Coronavirus, sharing age-appropriate facts, reassuring them and giving them ideas on how they can help protect themselves.

Keep Kids Learning

Welcome to the STEAM Activity Book website where you and your child can start your STEAM adventure or continue your learning together. The Educational Services staff at Iowa PBS has put together some online games to support you and your child’s learning.

Germs Germs Go Away | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Help kids exercise their imaginations and learn to stay healthy with Daniel Tiger. Daniel imagines that he can make all of the germs on his hands go away.

In My Bathroom | Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

Little by little children learn to take care of themselves, like brushing their teeth, washing their hands and going to the potty. With this game you and your child have a way to play and practice some bathroom routines.

ABC Scrub With Me! | Super WHY!

Why do we wash hands after we go potty, before we eat, after playing outdoors, after we sneeze on them? Germs! This fun activity helps kids visualize germs while practicing their alphabet skills.

Sid’s Health Day | Sid the Science Kid

In this episode of Sid the Science Kid, Sid and his friends learn all about how to stay healthy. They discover that washing their hands with soap and warm water, eating nutritious foods, brushing their teeth, exercising and getting enough sleep are all ways to keep sickness away.

Wash Your Hands! | Sesame Street in Communities

Featuring Elmo, this hand washing song and activity explore when it’s important to wash your hands.

Handwashing: Step by Step | Sesame Street in Communities

Print this page and invite kids to color it, then help them cut it apart and put the steps in order. Post the cards in the correct sequence near the bathroom sink. The next time kids wash their hands, help them try Elmo’s trick: Sing the alphabet song to remember how long to wash!

Elmo & Rosita | The Right Way to Sneeze!

In this quick video from Sesame Street, Elmo and Rosita sing a song to teach kids the right way to sneeze - into their elbows!

Healthy Habits | Everyday Learning

This Healthy Habits video demonstrates two of the most important habits we can teach children: covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze and washing your hands. In this video, a young girl demonstrates the correct procedure for performing these two simple tasks. It’s important to introduce preschool-age children to healthy habits and to reinforce these habits while they are young so that they become automatic.

The Federal Bureau of Ick | PBS LearningMedia

Uncle Sam is asking you to do your part to fight ICK! Wherever ick may be.