Start by telling the children a funny story about your morning routine. For example...
“Every morning, as part of my daily routine I set my alarm to wake me up, I get up, have a shower, get dressed, brush my teeth, have my breakfast - I always have toast and orange juice, then put on my muddy outdoor shoes and I walk my dog. On week days, when I get home I change out of my muddy shoes and put on my shoes for school; I always leave these at the back door of my house. Then I come to school. But this morning, just as I was changing my shoes, the doorbell rang. It was the postman delivering a parcel that was too big to fit through my letter box. I had a quick chat with the postman and then realised the time… I was going to be late for school! I quickly put on my coat and left straight away. It was only once I got to school and the other teachers were giving me funny looks that I realised what I had done…I had only changed one of my shoes!”
This story can lead to the fact that there are some things that we do every day and that we are responsible for doing. Encourage the children to chat with others around them about things that they do every day.
“Why do you think it so important that we have daily hygiene routines?”
If the children haven't hear of Harold the giraffe before, explain that he is a very healthy, happy giraffe. You can model good practice - e.g. correct hand washing and tooth brushing techniques - and the children can join in.
Give out the Harold's morning routine Activity sheet and the long strips of paper.
Encourage children to try to remember the order of a good routine then cut out each of the 6 squares, sequence them and stick them onto the long strips of paper.
Ask the children to draw 2 additional things that Harold might do before he goes to school. e.g. choose something for his lunch box or get his schoolbag ready. Children can add things that they do in the morning.