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Glitter Germs

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Visually demonstrate how rinsing with water doesn't remove germs, soap is needed. 

Materials Needed: 

  • Glitter
  • Bowl
  • Water
  • Soap

What to do:

  • Add glitter to a bowl of water
  • Let children dip their hands in the glittering water.
  • The glitter that gets stuck to their hands is germs.
  • Ask the children to wash their hands with water.
  • They will notice that the glitter continues to stick to their hands.
  • Give children some soap and ask them to wash their hands a second time, while counting to 20.
  • Now the glitter will come off.
  • The represents the germs coming off when thoroughly washing their hands, counting until 20 and using soap.

Hints and Tips:

  • Give each child a small bowl with water and glitter that they can play.
  • An effective way to visually demonstrate water doesn't remove germs, you need to use soap.
  • Good for educators to use to show others as well.

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: Sand and Water Area, Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Sensory Games, Social and Emotional
  • 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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