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Flour Germs

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To visually demonstrate how easy to spread germs when coughing and sneezing on our hands without washing them.

Materials Needed:

  • bowl/plate
  • flour
  • lego pieces/building blocks (easy to wash toys).

What to do:

  • Add flour to a bowl or sprinkle it over a plate
  • Ask children to place their hands firmly ontop on the flour.
  • Explain to the children that the flour represents germs.
  • Give each child a few lego pieces, building blocks that they can play with using their hands for a minute or so.
  • After a minute ask them to stop playing and examine how the flour from their hands has now been transferred to the toys.
  • Discuss how when they cough and sneeze on their hands and don't wash them afterwards and they start playing with toys the germs get stuck to the toys they are playing with. When another child comes to play with the same toy then they also pick up the germs which gets stuck to them as well. So, it's important to wash your hands after coughing and sneezing.

Hints and Tips:

  • Demonstrate correct hand washing procedure
  • Demonstrate how to cough into your elbow
  • Demonstrate how you sneeze into a tissue.
  • As Educators you should also follow the same procedure as you teach the children.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Begins to learn about hygiene.
    Understands the same and different.  

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.3 Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

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