Kindergarten is a crucial time for students to begin learning about science and health education. Understanding germs and how they affect our well-being is an essential aspect of this education. Montessori kindergarten students can provide unique and engaging hands-on science activities to teach children about germs. There are many to choose from, but we’ve picked 3 of the most popular activities, and these should give you inspiration for others.
- “Germ” Glitter Experiment
The “Germ” Glitter Experiment is a simple yet effective way to help Montessori kindergarteners visualize the spread of germs. This hands-on activity will demonstrate how easily germs can transfer from one surface to another and ultimately to our hands. You will need glitter, a few small containers, a hand sanitizer bottle, and access to a sink with soap and water.
Place a small amount of glitter in a container labeled “germs,” then ask a student to dip their finger in the “germs” and touch a surface, such as a doorknob, a chair, or a toy. Talk about how the glitter (germs) has transferred to the surface. Next, have another student touch the same surface and see how the “germs” get transferred. Repeat this process, demonstrating how germs spread from one person to another. Finish the activity by washing hands with soap and water to effectively remove the “germs.”
- “Germs Under the Microscope” Experiment
This Montessori-inspired hands-on science activity takes kindergarteners on a microscopic adventure to discover what germs look like up close. While real germs are too tiny to see without a microscope, this experiment simulates the experience. All you need is a piece of bread, a resealable bag, a marker, and a magnifying glass.
Give each student a small piece of bread, and instruct them to hold it in their hands as they place it in the bag. Label the bag with the student’s name and date. Keep the bag in a warm, dark place for a few days, and then examine it closely with the magnifying glass. Discuss what they see and explain that these are the kinds of things that can grow on surfaces when we don’t wash our hands properly.
- “Germ Buster” Handwashing Activity
This activity turns the process of handwashing into an exciting and interactive experience. You will need glitter, liquid soap, paper towels, and a sink with water.
Sprinkle some glitter (germs) onto each student’s hands and have them try to get the glitter off using just water. When they realize that water alone will not remove germs very well, have them try again using liquid soap and water. Make sure they lather up and wash thoroughly. Finish by rinsing and drying.
Teaching kindergarteners about germs is not only crucial for their health but also an excellent way to introduce them to fundamental scientific concepts. These hands-on science activities provide interactive and memorable ways to understand the concept of germs, their spread, and the importance of good hygiene practices.