Teaching kids about germs and how to wash their hands correctly can be pretty challenging.
Using glitter or pepper to teach children how to wash their hands is the ultimate hack we’ve all been waiting for.
Thanks to clever parents and teachers (and the glorious internet), the pepper method and the glitter method of teaching kids how to wash their hands have grown in popularity.
The pepper method
Teaching the art of washing their hands can be done effectively using a bowl of water with a generous serving of pepper poured in. The pepper will act as our “germ” for this experiment.
Simply have the child dip their finger in the bowl and remove it. It will be covered in pepper.
Have the child wash the pepper from their finger and then dip their finger in some hand soap or dish soap. When they dip their finger in the bowl of water and pepper, the pepper will actually move away from the soap-covered finger.
This method teaches kids the power of hand soap in keeping germs (or pepper!) away.
The glitter method
The glitter method is pretty simple. The glitter acts as the “germ” for this activity and shows how fast germs can spread.
Simply cover one child’s hand in glitter and have them shake hands with another child, who will go on to shake hands with another and another and so on.
If you’ve got the time, let this experiment continue throughout the day to see how far the glitter spreads!
Looking for another creative way to teach kids the importance of washing your hands with soap? Check out this bread experiment!