When doing my student teaching.....I had an observation lesson planned where
the kids were going to use air dry clay. The lesson was a disaster before it
started for all kid of reasons...but when it came time to wash their hands
(kindergarteners and first graders) it was like they had never even seen
water before!!! The bathroom was trashed and it was such a mess that the
person observing me got up to help me monitor the bathroom!!! oh my!!!
Needless to say....after that...I never ever let kids use soap...I just say
scrub scrub scrub. On days when we use soap...I stand by the sink with an
eagle eye..and give them the soap myself! Yikes!!!!