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Sparkle Germs

Young children are often reluctant to wash their hands. Here is a concrete way to teach them about germs and the importance of washing hands.

Activity for an individual child

Age group: 30-40 months

Duration of activity: 10 minutes

Materials:

  • Craft glitter

Young children are often resistant to washing their hands. It is hard for them to understand things that they cannot see. Here is a concrete way to teach them about germs and the importance of washing hands.

  1. Sprinkle a bit of glitter onto your child's hands. Explain that these glitter specks are like germs, which can make them sick. The germs are very small and they stick to you and get passed along.
  2. Have your child touch different surfaces and shake hands with other people. Show him how the germs (glitter) spread.
  3. Have your child wash his hands and see how the germs are washed away.
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