In this activity kids will complete a simple science experiment that demonstrates how washing your hands is so effective at stopping the spread of germs.
This experiment follows a basic science experiment procedure where kids make a prediction about what might happen, conduct an experiment and record observations, and finally analyse results and draw conclusions.
Background information for kids: We’re often told about the importance of washing our hands to stop the spread of germs, but with the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are hearing this message more and more. Why is washing your hands so important in stopping the spread of this virus?
Age: Lower Primary Ages 5 – 9
- in the kitchen
TIme required: 15-20 minutes
If you’re working with kids to complete this activity it can be useful to use additional prompts around what you’re doing to deepen the experience for kids. Prompts you could use include:
- Why do you think that? Tell me more about that.
- What do you think will happen here? Tell me more about that.
- What does this make you think about?
- What questions do you have about this?
- What information was new to you?
- What did you find interesting or important about this?
- 1 bowl
- 1 cup of milk
- Cracked pepper
- Hand wash/soap
- Camera/device capable of taking photos (optional)
- Printed tables below or paper to create your own tables
Learning@Home from Cool Australia
Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.