Liza's Glittery Germs
Liza's Glittery Germs

Introduction

This shows how important it is to wash your hands!

Objectives

To demonstrate how germs can spread from person to person

Materials

  • Hand lotion
  • Glitter
  • Sink or large bucket
  • Soap
  • Water
  • Paper towels

Procedure

Put some lotion on your hands and rub hands together to spread lotion evenly. Put a pinch of glitter into the palm of one of your hands. Rub both hands together. Shake hands with classmates. Soon the glitter will be on everyone. Try using a paper towel to get the glitter off of your hands. Now wash your hands in the sink using soap and water.

Conclusion

Everyone that shook hands will have glitter on their hands. The glitter represents germs. When you rubbed your hands together the germs (glitter) spread. If you touched your mouth, eyes, or nose while doing this activity, glitter will be in this area. Germs travel the same way and can make people sick. There are four major types of germs: bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. 

The paper towel did not get all of the germs off your hands. Washing with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs and help prevent viruses like the common cold. Rub hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds.  Hum the birthday song if you don't have a timer.