Now that school is back in session, my mind goes straight to the winter germ season which means it’s time to teach the kids with a fun glitter germs activity!
Seriously though, one of the most important things I think I can do is teach them about good hand hygiene. I think it leads to us being healthier (and happier) through cold season.
Making it fun to learn about spreading germs has been the key to my success in getting Weston to actually wash his hands and not just play in the water!
Glitter Germs Activity for Kids
Staying healthy is always a balancing act when you have a busy family. So we work hard on hand washing and we also use hand sanitizer when we’re on the go.
But education on hand washing is still important so try out this easy germ spreading activity with your kids! We’ve included some affiliate links for our favorite products to help you out too!
Purell Adv Aloe 8oz Pump (2 Pack)PURELL Advanced Instant Hand Sanitizer – Travel Sized Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer
What You Need for the Germ Spreading Game:
- Small bowl
- Hand/body lotion
- Larger bowl or bucket
- Small Toys
Jergens Daily Moisture, Fragrance Free, 21 OuncePacon Spectra Glitter Sparkling Crystals, Multi-Color, 16-Ounce Jar (91790)
What You Do:
- Mix some lotion and glitter in the bowl.
- Then have your child put some of the “germs” on their hands and rub them together.
- Shake hands with each other or let them touch different surfaces to learn about how germs can be spread!
You can then extend the glitter germ activity lesson and by adding some toys into the mix!
Let your child get the “germs” on their hand and then play with some small toys so they can see how the germs spread. It’s a fun little germ spreading game for them but I like to think they’re learning at the same time!
Then let them practice washing the toys and their hands off with warm, soapy water. It’s a great way to teach them while having some hands-on fun!
Kids learn best when they’re having fun!
Check out some of our favorite small toys to add to our glitter germs activity! Then have fun with your own fun germ spreading activity!
Animals Figure,54 Piece Mini Jungle Animals Toys SetHot Wheels Exclusive Decoration Gift Pack, 9-PieceMunchkin Ocean Squirts Bath Toy, 8 pack
And if you’re looking for more fun things to do with your kids that will require some handwashing later, be sure to check out our ways to have fun getting dirty! You’ll definitely need some handwashing practice then!
I LOVE this idea and activity!!! I am trying to find ways to get an elementary school to educate kids about hand washing and even find ways to have the kids actually wash their hands after the playground. I see that you were a teacher, any ideas for me to present to the teachers in how to quickly have kids wash hands?!
My and my younger sister’s schools are closed due to the coronavirus. We are teaching each other certain subjects and for mine I got music and science. I couldn’t think of anything to do then my mom suggested a project on germ spread and prevention. This was SO helpful. I just thought I would say thank you for sharing all of this information. ☺ I appreciate it.
You’re welcome! I have some more ideas for things to do with the kids! I need to get my own kids settled down and get some of them shared! Let me know if there’s anything I can do to support y’all during this time!