Thursday, November 19, 2015

Preschool Science Activities on Germs

Science projects are a great way to teach kids about things that they can't see, such as germs. When seeking the right preschool in Fremont for your child, it’s important to consider all aspects of the educational program. Preschool children love science projects as well as anything that lets them get messy and learn.

Here are a few preschool science ideas that will help you to teach kids about germs.

Demonstrate How Germs Spread
After explaining that germs are too small for the human eye to see, you can show kids how they spread by putting glitter on your hand and shaking hands with the child next to you. They, in turn, shake hands with another child, until all the kids have shaken hands. All the kids will have some amount of glitter on their hands. Explain to the kids that this is how germs spread when they have them on their hands.

Encourage Thorough Hand Washing
Use this activity to show kids how difficult germs are to get off if you don't wash your hands thoroughly. Put a little bit of oil on the kids' hands and have them rub it all over. You can sprinkle some cinnamon on their hands to represent the germs. Ask the kids to rinse their hands in the water to demonstrate how little it does when you wash your hands without soap. Then have them wash their hands with soap, and let them see how much they have to scrub in order to get rid of the oil.

Grow Cultures from Germs
This experiment is a lot of fun for the kids, but it'll also show them proof of how many germs are around us. Make homemade petri dishes using unflavored gelatin and boiled sugar water, pouring small amounts of the mixture into aluminum muffin cups. Then have the kids collect germ samples from different surfaces with Q-tips. Rub each Q-tip on the surface of a different petri dish, and label each one. Over the next week, the kids can watch the cultures grow. This will demonstrate that there really are germs all around us, even if we can't see them, and even reveal which surface have the most germs on them.

Preschool kids usually have a natural fascination with science projects, and love programs that give them plenty of opportunities to explore their world. To see how Montessori Children’s House can encourage your child to learn and grow, call us today for a tour of our school.

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