Brushing is No Fun

by Srividhya Venkat and Anupama Ajinkya Apte
Available at and republished under a CC-BY 4.0 license


Brushing is No Fun

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Rohan does not like to brush his teeth or take a bath. But his sister Riya tells him a secret that changes his mind!

When Rohan woke up, he began to play with Jimmy, his dog.
“There’s something you should do first!” said Riya, his big sister.

“I don’t want to brush my teeth! Jimmy doesn’t brush his teeth!”
“Animals take care of their teeth too, but in other ways! We must brush our teeth to keep germs away!”
“Germs are very tiny creatures that you cannot see. If you don’t brush properly, they stay in your mouth and hurt you!”
“YES! That’s why we must take good care of our teeth by brushing twice a day - morning and night!”
“But brushing is no fun!”
“I’ll tell you a secret, Rohan! Psst...”
Rohan smiled.

Mummy called out, “It’s breakfast time!”
“There’s something we should do first!” said Riya.

“But Jimmy never washes his hands!”
Riya laughed, “He doesn’t use his hands or paws to eat like we do!We must wash our hands with soap to get rid of germs.”
“Are germs on our hands too?”
“Germs are EVERYWHERE!”

“Aaaah-chhhooo!” Riya covered her mouth with her hands as she sneezed.
“Don't do that! My teacher says that we should sneeze into our sleeve, not our hands!" said Rohan. “Why?”
“Because when we sneeze into our hands, germs stick to them. If we don’t wash our hands, we spread germs and make others sick!”

“Here comes Germy!” Riya shouted, chasing Rohan and waving her dirty hands.

Later Riya showed Rohan the proper way to wash hands.
“Wet your hands and turn off the tap. Then rub in some soap on the palms, the back of the hands and between the fingers. Scrub hands for twenty seconds! Now, it’s time to rinse off and dry!”
“But that’s a long time!”
“Remember my secret?”
Rohan smiled.

When they came back home after playing, Riya nudged Rohan, “There’s something we should do first!”
Mummy teased, “Play some more?”
“Mummy, don’t you know that germs are everywhere? We can’t see them, but they stick to our skin and clothes!”
“That’s why we must bathe every day...”
“ get rid of them!”

"Start by getting yourself wet,” said Mummy. “Then apply soap all over!”
Riya and Rohan giggled as Mummy’s ticklish fingers soaped them up.
“Then it’s time to rinse off!”
“And dry with a clean towel!”
“It’s Jimmy’s turn next!”

“Do you want to listen to a story?” asked Papa.

“There’s something we should do first!” reminded Riya.
“Tidy up!” Rohan yawned. “Do we have to?”
“Remember you couldn’t find your ball the other day? Putting things away in the proper place makes it easy to find them later!”
“And keeps our house neat!”

“You both are so smart!” said Papa proudly. “Bedtime!”
“Papa! There’s something we should do first!” said Riya, pulling Rohan along.
“Make the germs disappear with our magic secret!” Rohan nodded.

A few minutes later, Mummy and Papa heard a familiar tune.
“So that’s your secret!” said Papa. “Humming a song to make brushing fun!”
“And while washing our hands too!”
“That’s a great idea!” said Mummy.
Rohan and Riya enjoy taking care of themselves. Do you? They make up a game with the germs and guess who wins?


Brushing is No Fun!

"Brushing is No Fun"


  • woof: sound made by a dog
  • germs: a very small living thing that can make you sick
  • creatures: a living animal
  • properly: correctly
  • paws: foot of an animal that has four legs and claws (like dogs and cats)
  • sneezed: sudden burst of air through the mouth and nose
  • sleeve: part of clothes that covers the arms
  • spread: to open or stretch out
  • scrub: to clean by rubbing hard
  • rinse: to wash off with water
  • nudged: to push gently
  • giggled: to laugh in a silly way
  • ticklish: to lightly touch to make someone laugh
  • towel: piece of soft cloth used to dry off
  • disappear: to be no longer seen

Ref: Google Dictionary, Oxford Learners Dictionaries,, MacMillan Dictionary, Word Hippo

  • woof: хумс - нохойгаар хийсэн дуу
  • germs: Нянгууд - таныг өвчтэй болгодог маш жижиг амьд зүйл
  • creatures: амьтад - амьд амьтан
  • properly: зөв
  • paws: сарвуу - дөрвөн хөл, сарвуутай амьтны хөлөө (нохой, муур гэх мэт)
  • sneezed: Уучлаарай - ам, хамараар дамжин агаарын гэнэтийн гал авалцдаг
  • sleeve: Ханцуйвч: гараа хамарсан хувцас
  • spread: тархах - нээх, сунгах
  • scrub: гуужуулах замаар цэвэрлэж болно
  • rinse: зайлж угаана
  • nudged: Нудрыг зөөлөн түлхэх
  • giggled: инээдтэй юм - тэнэглэлд инээв
  • ticklish: Сонсох - хэн нэгнийг инээлгэхийн тулд хөнгөн хуумгай хүр
  • towel: алчуур - хуурайшуулсан зөөлөн даавуугаар хийсэн хэсэг
  • disappear: алга болсон - цаашид харагдахаа больсон


  • woof: ит жасаған дыбыс
  • germs: микробтар - өте ауыр жануар, ол сізге ауру әкелуі мүмкін
  • creatures: тірі жануарлар
  • properly: дұрыс - дұрыс
  • paws: таяқтар - төрт аяғы мен тырнағы (иттер мен мысықтар сияқты) бар жануардың аяғы
  • sneezed: ащы - мұрыннан ауаның кенеттен аууы
  • sleeve: жең - қаруды жабатын киім бөлігі
  • spread: спред - ашуға немесе созуға
  • scrub: скраб - қатты сүрту арқылы тазаланады
  • rinse: шаю - сумен жуып тастау
  • nudged: жалаңаштау - жұмсақ итеру
  • giggled: күлімсіреген - глупый түрде күлді
  • ticklish: ойлау - біреуді күлдіру үшін жеңіл жанасу
  • towel: сүлгі - кебу үшін пайдаланылатын жұмсақ шүберек
  • disappear: жоғалып кету - бұдан былай көрінбеу


  • woof: เสียงที่ทำโดยสุนัข
  • germs: เชื้อโรค - สิ่งมีชีวิตขนาดเล็กมากที่สามารถทำให้คุณป่วยได้
  • creatures: สิ่งมีชีวิต - สัตว์ที่มีชีวิต
  • properly: ถูกต้อง - ถูกต้อง
  • paws: เท้า - เท้าของสัตว์ที่มีสี่ขาและกรงเล็บ (เช่นสุนัขและแมว)
  • sneezed: จาม - ระเบิดอย่างฉับพลันของอากาศผ่านปากและจมูก
  • sleeve: แขน - ส่วนหนึ่งของเสื้อผ้าที่ครอบคลุมแขน
  • spread: กระจาย - เพื่อเปิดหรือยืดออก
  • scrub: ขัด - ทำความสะอาดโดยการถูอย่างหนัก
  • rinse: ล้างออก - ล้างออกด้วยน้ำ
  • nudged: เพื่อผลักดันเบา ๆ
  • giggled: หัวเราะคิกคัก - หัวเราะอย่างโง่เขลา
  • ticklish: ขี้เหนียว - เบา ๆ สัมผัสที่จะทำให้คนหัวเราะ
  • towel: ผ้าขนหนู - ผ้านุ่ม ๆ ที่แห้ง
  • disappear: หายไป - จะไม่เห็น


  • woof: वूफ: कुकुरले बनाएको ध्वनी
  • germs: कीटाणु: एक धेरै सजिलो चीज जसले तपाईंलाई बिरामी बनाउन सक्छ
  • creatures: जीवहरू: एक जीवित जनावर
  • properly: ठीकसँग: सहि
  • paws: पंजा: एक जनावरको खुट्टा जसको चार खुट्टा र पञ्जा (कुकुर र बिरालाहरू जस्ता)
  • sneezed: छींकिएको: अचानक मुख र नाकबाट हावाको फुट
  • sleeve: आस्तीन: कपडाको भागले हतियार ढाक्छ
  • spread: फैलाउनुहोस्: खोल्न वा फैलाउन
  • scrub: स्क्रब: कडा रब्बिंग गरेर सफा गर्न
  • rinse: कुल्ला: पानी संग धोउन
  • nudged: धक्का दिए: बिस्तारै धक्का
  • giggled: मूर्ख तरिकामा हाँस्न
  • ticklish: टिक्लिश: कसैलाई हाँस्नको लागि हल्का टच गर्न
  • towel: तौलिया: नरम कपडाको टुक्रा सुक्खा बनाउन प्रयोग
  • disappear: गायब: अब देख्नको लागि