The Blow Breathe Cough (BBC) activity helps early childhood and school educators teach young children about nose blowing, coughing into elbows, and hand and face washing and drying. These are essential for preventing the spread of the germs that cause ear trouble, coughs and colds. If you haven’t done the BBC activity with students before, this animation is a great way to get started.
The animation, created by Oliver Abbott animation, is available in nine languages including Kimberley Kriol, Martu, Ngaanyatjara, Eastern Arrernte, Warlpiri and Aboriginal English.
We worked with Prof Amanda Leach at Menzies School of Health Research to make sure that the activities in the animation are evidence-based or based on good practice. This includes blowing your nose until empty, washing hands and faces, drying hands fully, and coughing into elbows.
Teachers who already do this daily with their classes feel it results in improved hearing, fewer runny noses and ears, fewer coughs and colds, and improved attention in class. Importantly, teachers feel it helps young children learn to blow their noses independently and well.
Families, teachers, early childhood workers and hearing health workers all contributed to the development of the animation. We hope you and your students love it!
You can check out the animation on our Australian Hearing YouTube.
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