Thursday 31st January 2019
So it’s that time of year again, you know when you can hear someone coughing in the queue behind you at the post office or when the shop assistant sneezes as he hands you back your change. Yep it’s the return of the germs…DUN DUN DUN!
And when it comes to children, germs seem to be a constant battle; not only are they being passed around at school or nursery like the latest new toy but getting your child to wash their hands every time they go to the toilet or cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze is NOT easy! How many meals have you been put off when your child sneezes all over the dinner table? Exactly, but don’t worry because here at Weekend Box we are doing our bit by teaching your children all about Gruesome Germs in our current themed box!
Our activities and booklet will help teach them about how germs work and how we can prevent them from spreading. Not only that but they are great for all areas of learning too, result!
Blow Paint Germs
This is a fun activity to help demonstrate to children how far and quickly germs can travel! Using the straws to blow the paint across the paper is also brilliant to help younger children develop their mouth muscles which in turn aids speech.
Germ Busting Jam
Did you know that the age old phrase “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” is actually partly true? Apples contain lots of antioxidants which boost the immune system and are a natural teeth whitener too! This jam also contains cinnamon which has been used for centuries to fight infection and colds. Although your child will need some help with cutting the apples and cooking on the hob, the activity will leave them with a beautifully presented and yummy jar of jam which will help their bodies fight off those nasty germs!
Germ Fighting Lavender Soap
This is a fun activity for all those children (and adults) who love messy play! The activity requires mixing the soap and lavender flakes with warm water to create a paste. Encouraging children to play with tactile and messy mixtures is actually great for mental health and wellbeing, as it can be soothing and calming (it can also go the other way when they decide it’s a great idea to throw it around the room!) If you’re in need of some chill time try playing some relaxing music in the background as you do this activity together and engage in conversation about how the mixture feels. Lavender will also help with the relaxing vibes and your hands will be so soft afterwards!
Remove the Plaque Game
Make a fun game to play together in which the aim is to get rid of all the plaque from the teeth! Again, germs this game has lots of benefits for your child, making tweezers with wooden lolly stickers is great for fine motor skill development as well as using the dice to aid their maths perception!
If after all of this you still feel like they need a little nudge in the right direction try a simple game using glitter or flour. Encourage your child to sprinkle some on their hands to represent germs. You can demonstrate how easily germs are spread by getting them to shake your hand and seeing how much of the glitter or flour is transferred. Next, ask them to wash their hands using just water to see if this gets rid of all the germs. If not, encourage them to use soap in order to remove the rest! This is a great activity outdoors to show how germs are transferred however not for the faint hearted when it comes to keeping a clean house!
If you still need more inspiration then check out this experiment performed by a science teacher in America:
Again, this is NOT for the faint hearted!
As always I hope you enjoy your Weekend Box and if you have any questions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fran, Maker & Creator