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Germ Activity Ideas

Clean Hands, Healthy You

The following activities were inspired by Lesson 16 in our workbook, About Me.

The following activities were inspired by Lesson 17 in our workbook, About Me.

Good hygiene starts with clean hands – teach your child about the importance of hand washing with this week’s activities:

Activity #1 – Invisible Dirt

This activity is most effective in the middle of the day, after your child has been about playing for a while.

Have your child look at her hands and tell you if they look clean or not. To her naked eye, they probably will.

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Then, with a wet wipe, scrub both of her hands firmly. Together, look closely at the wet wipe for smudges of dirt.

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Why We Like It: Your child will be surprised to see that her hands weren’t so clean after all!

 

Activity #2 – Invisible Germs

Activity #1 is a good lead-in to this activity. Your child has learned that she can’t always see the dirt and germs on her hands. Show her some pictures of germs, like the following, and explain that the germs on her hands are too small to see.

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She can color this fun Germs Coloring Page (found on our website under “Support Materials”), then trace her hand-print around the germs:

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Why We Like It: This activity reinforces the concept that hands are one of the germ-iest places on the body.

 

Activity #3 – Dirty Food

For the next activity, you will need some flour and some finger foods. Tell your child to pretend that the flour is dirt and germs. Have her get her fingers “dirty” in the flour.

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Now, present your child with the food and have her pick it up. Strawberries work really well:

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Why We Like It: Your child will see how dirt and germs get on the food she eats if she doesn’t wash her hands. She will definitely want you to wash it off before she eats it!

 

Activity #4 – Good, Clean Fun

This craft is an extension of the personalized soap dispenser craft found in our workbook, About Me. It’s easy and helps motivate your child to wash her hands.

You will need a soap dispenser with clear soap and a small toy.

Remove the labels from the soap dispenser (*warning: cheaper dispensers have tougher, stickier labels). Twist off the nozzle and push the toy inside. (Small, rubbery toys work best.) Replace the nozzle.

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You could also use cute beads for a future necklace or bracelet craft.

Now, get those hands clean! Hand washing should last for 15 seconds.

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Why We Like It: Your child will want to wash her hands frequently in order to earn the prize when the dispenser is empty. This activity is also a good opportunity for your child to practice her counting!

These activities are great supplements to our Health lesson from About Me – a fun and educational workbook for kids!

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Lesson 17, Health, from About Me.

Germ Fight!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities - all about the human body!

About Me includes worksheets, sticker pages, and activities – all about the human body!

Three projects this week! – all about viruses and how our bodies fight them.

You will need: red construction paper (rolled into a tube), red, white, and other colors of play dough, Q-tips broken in half, and miniature pom-poms.

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Project #1: A Giant Virus

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This easy activity is a realistic depiction of what a virus looks like. The protein spikes (Q-tips) are what germs use to stick and break in to cells. Once inside, viruses can replicate. This is how they multiply and spread.

Show your child some photographs of viruses. Then she can make a virus from play dough and Q-tips.

Why we like it: This virus model looks real. While your child makes it, you can teach her how a virus works. Make a cell model out of play dough and have the Q-tip virus attack it! You can also teach about and make models of bacteria, which exist in different shapes:

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Project #2: Battle Inside a Giant’s Bloodstream

To demonstrate one way our bodies fight germs, you can make a model of what goes on in a blood vessel.

Show your child a photo of blood cells, like the following:

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She can form red blood cells by rolling red play dough into small balls and pressing a dent into the center of each with her finger.

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Now make some white blood cells, which are more spherical, with no dents.

Dump out a bunch of miniature pom-poms – germ invasion! Show your child how the white blood cells swallow up the “germs”.

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When she has conquered the germs, have her place her cells and perhaps some more germs into a giant blood vessel (your red tube of construction paper).

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Why we like it: Again, we like the realistic models in this activity. It’s easy and tons of fun for kids to wage war against the evil viruses.

The following idea is an extension of this activity:

 

Project #3: White Blood Cell Cookies

Sound appetizing? Our taste testers thought they were delicious!

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First, mix up some dough for Surprise Cookies. (You will need basic ingredients and jelly beans). Help your child form 1 inch balls out of the dough. These are the white blood cells. Bring out a package of jelly beans – these are the germs. Have your child pretend that each white blood cell is eating up a germ, just like in Project #2 (wrap the dough completely around the jelly bean).

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Bake according to instructions.

Yum!

Yum!

Find more fun facts and activities in Lesson 16 of our first workbook, About Me.

Lesson 16 (first page) from About Me