Are you looking for a simple science lesson to add to your homeschool lesson plan this week? Do you want to highlight good hygiene and hand washing techniques? Keep reading to see how to teach kids to wash their hands using this super fun science experiment!
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This science experiment for kids is easy to do wherever you are, and you might have a these supplies on hand already! Hand washing tips are super necessary right now, and there has never been a more important time to introduce this to little ones.
Experts say clean hands are the best defense against various illnesses! Here’s how to teach kids to wash their hands using science:
How To Teach Kids To Wash Their Hands
Ingredients for Hand Washing Experiment
- Pencil and Paper
Instructions For Hand Washing Experiment
Step One: Mix pepper and lotion into a bowl, try to add as much pepper as possible so there is a stark contrast and it is clearly visible
Step Two: Have your little trace their hands on a piece of paper. Let them hypothesize what germs look like on their hands and get creative by drawing!
Step Three: Have your kiddo place the pepper mix all over their hands. Rub it well. Let them touch surfaces, shake hands with you, touch doorknobs, and maybe even their toys! Talk about what is happening with the “germs” on their hands.
Step Four: Have your child practice good hand washing! Let them wash their hands under the sink for at least 20 seconds. Reciting the ABC’s during hand washing is a great way to make sure kids don’t rush!
Step Five: Go through and sanitize/clean every surface they’ve touched. Talk about how important it is to have good hygiene to prevent the spread of germs! What happens to the “germs” after you clean up?
What Will Your Kids Learn From This Germ Experiment?
Make sure to hit a few points throughout the course of the experiment. Germs might not be visible, they are there!
Second, our germs spread easily from person to person, and to the things we use often. A huge of of preventing the spread of germs is washing and disinfecting your hands!
How To Teach Kids To Wash Their Hands With Science!
Right now is the perfect time to teach your young children not only how important it is to minimize how they spread germs, but also how to properly do so!
Sometime we forget how abstract the thought of germs living on our hands can be for little ones. This science experiment is a great visual representation for them!
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