It is very important that we teach our kids the importance of proper cleanliness and teach them about germs. Germs are everywhere and no matter what we do, we can never fully eliminate them. But, all germs are not bad, some help build the immune system. It is crucial that we instill healthy hygiene habits while they’re young to help them carry it out through their adulthood. Just as important as it is to wash your hands, it is also important not to touch your face. Being cautious with germs helps eliminate spreading illnesses and helps create a healthier environment.

Supplies Needed

  • Hand lotion

  • Glitter

  • Water

  • Soap

  • Paper towels

  • Timer


  • Start out by having everyone wash their hands with soap and water and then dry them with a paper towel.

  • Give one child a squirt of lotion and have them rub in all over their hands.

  • Have that child hold their hands over the trash can and sprinkle glitter in their hands. Explain that the glitter represents germs.

  • First, have them clap their hands together to see how much transfers just by touching the other hand. Ask them what they think would happen if they touched their face with the glitter on their hand? Where would the glitter go?

  • Then, have them give another child, or person, a high five. What happens to the glitter then? What if the glitter were actual germs?

  • Give each child a paper towel and ask them to wipe the glitter off of their hands. Does it work? Does it take off all of the glitter?

  • Ask them to wash their hands with cold water. Does it take it all off?

  • Finally, have them wash their hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds. What do you notice about what it does to the glitter germs?

Discussion Points

  • Which method worked best to remove the glitter germs?

  • Discuss with your children what they learned about germs in this experiment.

  • Children learn so much better visually. When they can see the germs spread and what it takes to remove them from their hands, they will learn the importance of properly washing their hands in a way that they are likely to remember for a very long time.