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Handwashing with Ananse


Handwashing with Ananse is an educational game to teach children why, how and when to wash their hands with water and soap.



Ca. 30 minutes per game. Total: 3+ hours, played over the course of 4 weeks

Depending on the number of players, each of the three chapters of the game takes between 30-50 minutes for the storytelling and gameplay together. Ideally, the three chapters are played consecutively over the course of three weeks. This means a chapter is played every week. This gives the children/players time to practice what they learned from a week’s gameplay, and also to tell their families and peers about it.


15 – 30 players

Facilitation level

2 out of 5 stars. Facilitating this game is fairly easy.


- Soap
- Taps/Jerrycans with water
- Stones
- Bottle caps


Handwashing with Ananse (see video) comprises three chapters, each containing a story and a game. The facilitator first tells the short story, using the text and images contained in the facilitation guide, and then leads the children into the respective game. The games are action-oriented handwashing, tagging and acting games.

Click here to download the complete package including facilitation materials (PDF, 5MB). 

Designed by

It has been developed by UNICEF Ghana in collaboration with Ghana Education ServiceRed Cross Red Crescent Climate CentreEngagement Lab at Emerson CollegeRight to Play and Ghana Red Cross.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Date of Last Revision

May 2016