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How To: ‘Hands On Art’ In The Home

by Sydney Opera House and Dettol Dettol is a Sydney Opera House Global Goals Partner. Our Global Goals Partners support our commitment to the Goals and enable us to inspire positive change.

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Harness the power of creative play in the House and in the home these holidays,
to learn hygiene habits with us!

Dettol has partnered with the Sydney Opera House to deliver ‘Hands On Art’ –
an event and inspiration for Australian children to learn simple, important hand hygiene through imagination and creativity.

And now we’re going national, with an easy six-step ‘Hands On Art’ in the home
‘How To’ guide for parents to keep their little ones busy this winter.


with conceptual artist, Curly Furnandez

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Dettol Hand Wash of your choice
  • Temporary face and body markers*
  • Dettol 2in1 Hand & Surfaces Anti-Bacterial Wipes
  • Skin safe accessories of your choice (googly eyes, funky lashes, stickers)
  • A parent or guardian to help you

How to bring your character to life:

Step 1: Chat to your parent / guardian about how you are feeling today, what you like seeing in the world, and what shapes you can see in your surroundings. Can you see some squares in the couch cushions? Or maybe you can see some fluffy clouds above? 

Step 2: Wash your hands with Dettol Hand Wash, because with clean hands you have a clean canvas! You can even make some bubbles by scrubbing your hands over and over, singing ‘Catch A Habit’ for at least 20 seconds to ensure you’ve washed long enough. Did you get your thumbs and the back of your hands extra clean? 

Step 3: Pick three of your favourite colours from your marker set, and use your answers from Step 1 as inspiration to mark the outline of your abstract. This can be abstract or it can be a character – the beauty of art is that it’s completely up to your imagination! 

Step 4: Colour in your abstract Art Monster or Maiden using your remaining chosen markers. If you go out of the lines or make any mistakes, you can wrap a Dettol 2in1 Wipe around your finger and then wipe it off – too easy!*

Step 5: Your character needs some special features. Use your skin safe adhesive and accessories to finish off the character. Remember, your Art Monster or Maiden’s eyes don’t need to go where our eyes do – maybe theirs are on the feet!?

Top tip from Curly: Have some extra fun with your adult helper by having them hide accessories in each of their palms, closing them behind their back before you pick one – now those accessories are the ones you must use!

Step 6: Now it’s time to bring your character to life! What is their name? Who are they and where do they live? Are they happy or funny or mad? Take your character out for an adventure with your adult helper and take photos of them in the world. 

Step 7: Once you are done playing with your new character, or when you are going to bed, say goodbye to your Monster or Maiden and wash it thoroughly with Dettol Hand Wash. Now you’ve got clean hands and a clean canvas for a new character, come tomorrow!

Did You Know?

Kids’ most formative years are up to the age of 8 years old1, so this is a great time to teach them new habits. Doing so by engaging their imagination ensures those habits are retained. ‘Hands On Art’ in the home is a great way to teach kids new hygiene habits they can remember during the school holidays, while having a little (or lot!) of fun.

*Ensure you are using markers that are safe for skin and washable
1 The Formative Years: UNICEF’s work on measuring early childhood development, 2018

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