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Germs, Germs, Germs - An interactive guide for children and hand washing

Updated on February 9, 2011

Wash, Wash, Wash your hands till there good and clean.

Wash the bottoms and the tops, and the fingers in between.  Your child may sing a song while washing hands, this helps children wash for the recommended 20 seconds.  Hand washing is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of infection. Germs, Germs, Germs Everywhere is an interactive guide that can be use for both parents and child care providers to help toddlers and preschoolers understand germs and the importance of hand washing.

Start your talk about germs with a great poem.

Don't forget to give it a creapy low voice. It will really catch their attention.

Germs, Germs everywhere

Even on your teddy bear

Germs, Germs everywhere

Even where you can't stare

Germs, Germs in our hair

But even when they're out of

sight, they're are so many ways

for us to fight...Germs

A Fun Demonstration on how a Cough or Sneeze Spreads.

Take a hand full of pompom. At the end of the germ poem pretend to sneeze or cough bring the handful of pompoms up close to your mouth. Then toss the pompoms lightly from your hand. These fun little pompoms spread out just like the germs from a sneeze or cough. A great demonstration on why we need to cover our mouth when we cough or sneeze.

How does a Germ Travel? - Great Song and Video From Sid the Science Kid

This is great introduction for hand washing and just a great movement activity.

Ask your child...

Where do we find germs?

What does a germ look like?

What can germs do to us?

A Book is a Great Learning Tool. - Check out these books about germs.

A Great Activity for Children - Clean it....

If you do not want to use dirt. Here is a great alternative that will still enforce the importance that you need more than water to get rid of germs. You can use cooking oil with a little bit of cinnamon to represent the invisible germs. Dab a little on your child's hands and have them rub it on their hands like lotion. When they are done, as them to notice how slippery their hands are. Now off to the sink, first have your child just put their hands underneath the water. Have them notice if their hand are still slippery and if there are still flecks (cinnamon) of germs on their hands. Now have your child wash with soap, tell them to be sure and make bubbles, rinse and dry. Ask your child now, how their hands feel. This is a great activity to get those reluctant and quick hand washers to do a better job.

Ask your child what are some enemies of germs?

Tell them the two words germs fear - Soap and Water

Handwashing, Handwashing, Handwashing - A great way to fight germs...show your child how with these books

Materials Needed

Crayola Model Magic(white)

or homemade dough

paint various colors

craft materials:

pom poms

buttons

pipe cleaners

different pasta shapes

yarn

fabric scraps

glue

Make a Pet Germ.

End all the germ talk with a fun and simple activity

You need some crayola modeling dough (white can be painted)

Colored is super easy

or

PLAY CLAY

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup warm water

food coloring or poster paints

shellac or clear nail polish

Mix baking soda and cornstarch in pot. Add water and stir until smooth. Cook over medium heat, boil and stir until "mashed potato consistency". Pour onto board to cool. Knead when cool. For color, knead food coloring into clay (after cooled) until blended, or paint after finished molding. When your shapes are dry, you can brush with shellac or clear nail polish.

Notes:

hardens quickly and will store in airtight container for several weeks

Be sure to have pipe stem cleaners, buttons, pom poms, various pasta shapes and other materials that can be glued on later.

Have children mold their interpretation of what a germ looks like. Let it dry, then have your child paint, and decorate with various materials.

When the pet germ is finished display it near the sick that your child washes their hands at. This will remind them to wash, wash, wash those hands.

Even more Germ stuff, to help you teach your child.

Special Thanks...

I want to send out a big thanks to Nancy Rohl. She is the infant/toddler specialist from ERC Resource and Referral she came out and gave a great presentation to my Little Scholar children about germs and hand washing. I became inspired, and thought maybe I could reach a few more people with the idea. I found some of the information she gave me online, added a couple activities and made it into a paperless package. Please enjoy. Thanks ERC, you are a great resource for parents and child care providers in our area.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Your Online Source for Creditable Health Information

Scientists estimate that people are not washing their hands often or well enough and may transmit up to 80% of all infections by their hands. From doorknobs to animals to food, harmful germs can live on almost everything. Hand washing may be your single most important act to help stop the spread of infection and stay healthy.

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Germ seems to be everywhere this year. - Please share your thoughts and ideas that you have used to help keep your children healthy.

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    • Sara2901 profile image

      Sara2901 4 years ago

      Good to know.

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      babynstar 5 years ago

      This is a great way to put it all together!

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      oiloflife 5 years ago

      This is such a fascinating lens!!!! I found it so full of useful informative information. Thank you for sharing this with us...

    • OUTFOXprevention1 profile image

      OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

      Great lens! Hand washing is simple but so important!

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      LilliputStation 6 years ago

      I love your activities! Great lens.

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Fantastic information - well done!

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image

      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Good advice for kids of all ages! :)

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      Light-in-me 8 years ago

      Some very good ideas, and a very nice lens.

      Good job!

      Robin

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      Samantha Devereux 8 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Great lens!

    • efarmiga profile image

      efarmiga 8 years ago

      This lens is fabulous! Thank you so much.

    • wilddove6 profile image

      wilddove6 8 years ago

      Great lens!

      I never would have thought of fun, interesting ways to remind children to wash their hands.

      I think I want to make a "Pet Germ" for myself, just to have around home :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Cute lens, and that project sounds fun. Right now, my germ would have a mustache and look a lot like my husband. :)