How Germs are Spread: Object Lesson for Kids

School is well underway. It is an exciting time filled with new beginnings, new school supplies, and new friends. But it is also a time when germs reemerge and get passed around from one child to another. Here is a great way to illustrate how germs are spread in a fun and engaging way that will hopefully help your children to remember to practice healthy hand hygiene!

How Are Germs Spread?

Here’s what you’ll need: a bottle of Purell, gitter, and a few willing participants.

Squirt some Purell on your child’s hands.

Pour some glitter on top of the Purell.

Have your child rub his/her hands together until there is glitter all over.

Have that child go around the room, shaking hands with friends/other siblings and touching a few surfaces.

After every child has been included and multiple surfaces have been touched, have the children look at their hands and around the room to see if they can find glitter.

Tell your children that germs are kind of like the glitter on your hands…except germs are invisible. Every time we touch another person or a surface, our germs get passed around. Some of these germs can make us really sick. Then have your child wash his/her hands with soap and water and see what happened to the glitter. There might still be a little bit left, but the majority of the glitter gets washed away. Makes you wonder how long you will see glitter around the house?

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