Learning at Home: Germs on the Move

Preschool boy playing at an art table

This activity is recommended for ages 3+

What You Need

  • Washable, non-toxic finger paint

How to Do this Activity

  1. To help demonstrate the movement of germs, after washing hands, first coat your child’sclean hands with a very thin layer of paint (which will represent pretend germs).
  2. Then, encourage your child to interact with you or their siblings in some way  like handing a ball from person to person, or selecting items on a tray.Once finished, have everyone check their hands or surfaces for the pretend germs. 
  3. Ask your child to observe how the germs spread.

What Your Child Learns

By doing this activity together, your child will learn (and see for themselves) that germs spread easily, and use our eyes, noses, mouths, and hands tomove from person-to-person, and your child will learn why hand-washing, coughing into elbows, and using tissues are important healthy habits.

Tips for this Activity

  • Ask your child to identify the different partsof the body that spread germs (eyes, nose, mouth, and hands)by pointing to their own bodies. 
  • Make this an activity or a game you playtogether in the car or other places outside of the home (where possible).

Download our Activity Sheet for more health and safety learning activities to do at home.

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Preschool boy playing at an art table