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How to Help Build a Tippy Tap!

These Extension Activities are from our Children’s Participation in Eye Health and the Promotion of Good Vision resource book for teachers and educators. Read more about the book and download it now!

We have talked about Tippy Taps frequently in our 100 messages; in Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Nutrition, Diarrhoea, Accidents & Preventing Injuries and many more. Having clean hands is a vital part of helping prevent the spread of illness and ensuring the health and well-being of everyone.

Extension Activities: Leaky Tin and Tippy Tap

A leaky tin is a simple type of ‘tippy tap’. See the image below for instructions on how to make a tippy tap. A leaky tin or a tippy tap is helpful for those who live in a place that has little water.

Leaky Tin

  1. Find a small empty tin or plastic cup.
  2. Make a hole near the bottom.
  3. Hang it from a branch or a nail in a fence or wall.
  4. Once or twice a day the parent or teacher pours one cup of water into the tin.
  5. Children wash faces in the stream of water leaking through the hole.
  6. Plant a tree below the tin. If the young plant suffers from drought, the children’s eyes may suffer from trachoma or another eye infection.

Tippy Tap Dialogue

Please Note: This can be done in pairs, or if there is an uneven number of children, one child can be the person who does not wash their hands (they should still join the dialogue).

  1. Adapt or tell the children the following scenario: Two people are chatting and then see a person going to the latrine and coming out and not using the tippy tap that is beside it. The women talk about the bad hygiene habits of the other person and what this means for her health.
  2. Divide the children into pairs or threes and ask them to develop the dialogue. Let them do thison their own. This can be done with puppets too.
  3. Select one or two examples of the dialogues to watch and discuss.
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