Stay clean in space

Would you like to go to space? Watch the video to find out how people stay clean in space!


  • Do the preparation activity to help you with words from the video.
  • Watch the video then play the games to check your understanding.
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  • Remember to read our discussion question and leave a comment!


ELMO: Mr Leland?

LELAND: Yes, Mr Elmo.

ELMO: Do you have to stay clean in space?

LELAND: You have to stay clean. You don’t want to be funky in space, right, Elmo?

ELMO: Well, Oscar would be funky in space. He would. He’d like that.

LELAND: He would like that?

ELMO: Yeah. How do you take a bath in space?

LELAND: Well, in space you don’t have a bathtub. You don’t have a shower.


LELAND: So you must take sponge baths.

ELMO: Sponge baths?

LELAND: Yeah, like this little thing right here. This is a towel. Look at that.

ELMO: That’s not a towel.

LELAND: Well, it is.

ELMO: Well, how could it be?

LELAND: Just add water. Watch. Oops. Look, it’s growing. Uh oh. Look at that.

ELMO: Look at that!

LELAND: It’s growing. It’s like a Chia pet.

ELMO: But it still doesn’t look like a washcloth.

LELAND: And then you unroll it, like that, and then you pull it apart. And you can actually take a shower with it, a bath with it. So you wash your face.

ELMO: Really?

LELAND: Wash your underarms, wash your chest, wash your neck, wash your head.

ELMO: Well, Mr Leland, how do you brush your teeth?

LELAND: Brushing your teeth in space?

ELMO: Yeah.

LELAND: Very careful. So same toothbrush, same toothpaste. Put it on. Brush, brush, brush, brush, brush. But instead of spitting it out, you don’t have a sink to spit it out in.

ELMO: So what do you do?

LELAND: So, you take a washcloth and you go … You spit it in there and then you fold it up.

ELMO: Mr Leland?


ELMO: That’s disgusting.

LELAND: I know, but it’s space.

ELMO: That’s the way you have to do it?

LELAND: That’s how you have to do it, Elmo.

ELMO: Well, Elmo loves brushing his teeth, but Elmo definitely loves spitting it out.

LELAND: You don’t like spitting it out?

ELMO: Elmo loves spitting it out.

LELAND: Oh, you like to spit it out.

ELMO: Yes, it’s very important.

LELAND: Well, here you go. Ready?

ELMO: No, no, no. Mr Leland, thank you for teaching Elmo about how you keep clean in space.

LELAND: You’re welcome, Elmo. Thanks for coming.

ELMO: Thank you.



Imagine you are in space. How do you eat, sleep and wash? Tell us your ideas!
Average: 3 (5 votes)


Submitted by CaptainBunnyUranus on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 09:46

Elmo is funny he like the clown

Submitted by NiceMetal7 on Sun, 28/06/2020 - 08:54

The towel is so cool.

Submitted by MasterJellyfish6 on Fri, 17/08/2018 - 11:18

I love rockets. Thy are amazing and cool!

Submitted by MasterJellyfish6 on Wed, 31/01/2018 - 14:26

I like space ,it’s exciting. I get up and eat breakfast from a bag. I see the Moon from my window when i wash my head.

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