8 DIY Activities to Teach Kids About Germs

  1. Hand Washing Experiment: Fill a bowl with water and sprinkle some glitter or food coloring into it to represent germs. Have the kids dip their hands into the bowl and then wash them with soap and water. Show them how the glitter or food coloring washes away, simulating the process of getting rid of germs.
  2. Glitter Germ Transfer: Give each child a small container of glitter and have them shake hands with each other or touch common objects like doorknobs or toys. Afterward, examine their hands and the objects to see how the germs (represented by glitter) have transferred. Discuss the importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of germs.
  3. DIY Hand Sanitizer: Teach kids how to make their own hand sanitizer using aloe vera gel, isopropyl alcohol, and essential oils. Explain the purpose of hand sanitizer in killing germs when soap and water are not available.
  4. Germ “Hot Spots” Hunt: Create a list of common household germ “hot spots” such as light switches, TV remotes, and kitchen counters. Ask the kids to go around the house and identify these areas. Discuss why these spots are more likely to have germs and how to keep them clean.
  5. Making “Sneeze” Art: Give each child a piece of paper and some paint. Instruct them to pretend to sneeze on the paper using their hands or a tissue, leaving behind colorful paint splatters. Talk about how germs can spread through sneezing and the importance of covering mouths and noses with tissues or elbows.
  6. Soap Science: Conduct a simple science experiment to demonstrate how soap kills germs. Fill two bowls with water, one with regular water and the other with soapy water. Dip separate hands or objects into each bowl and observe any differences in germ removal. Explain how soap molecules break down the outer layer of germs, making them easier to wash away.
  7. Homemade Disinfecting Spray: Teach kids how to make their own natural disinfecting spray using vinegar, water, and essential oils. Discuss the benefits of using natural cleaners and how they can help kill germs.
  8. Germ-fighting Dance Party: Play some upbeat music and have a dance party where kids can move and groove while learning about germs. Incorporate some dance moves that involve covering mouths when coughing or sneezing, and washing hands frequently.

Remember to reinforce proper hygiene practices throughout these activities, emphasizing the importance of washing hands regularly, covering mouths and noses when sneezing or coughing, and keeping common areas clean to prevent the spread of germs.