Your kids need to know about germs, but it doesn’t all have to be gloom and doom.
Germs are microscopic viruses or bacteria that can make us sick. Right now, it’s more important than ever to teach your kids about germs and how to avoid them. It sounds very serious, but you can still do it in a fun way.
Here are five ideas:
1. How do germs spread?
Give each family member a different colour of glitter to coat their hands with. You don’t need very much! Then shake hands with each other.
It’ll become pretty obvious just how easily things can travel from hand to hand.
2. How do coughs and sneezes travel?
Dye some water with food colouring, and pour it into a spray bottle. Spray the bottle onto a piece of white paper at different distances to show just how far germs in a cough or sneeze can spread.
Use different objects (like face masks) in between the paper and the spray bottle to show the effectiveness of different methods of protection.
Learn more about this activity in our at-home resources in the Learning Zone!
3. How dirty hands are your hands?
After an hour of play, get your kids to knead a slice of bread in their hands. Place the bread in a bag and store it in a dark place. In a few days, the germs will grow into mould.
It’s a powerful visual reminder that even though they can’t see germs, they’re still there.
4. What’s the best way to wash your hands?
Teaching your kids about germs is only half the battle. They’ll also need to know how to wash their hands effectively. Here’s a super fun video with a song they can learn.
5. Show your kids the ‘Vampire Technique’.
Another little hygiene trick is to show your children how to cough or sneeze into their elbow instead of their hands. Have them cross their arm over their mouth and nose so their face is in the inside of their elbow.
It looks like a vampire covering his face with a cape. They’ll love that!
Whatever you decide to do, remember to tell your kids that they shouldn’t worry, and they’re unlikely to get sick. Good hand washing and hygiene is just as much about keeping everyone else safe by not passing any germs on.