Glitter Germs: Preschooler Learning Activity

glittergermsWe are learning about germs, and unfortunately germs are invisible. Since kids this age are so concrete, I wanted to give them a way to “see” the germs.

First we used hand lotion to give the glitter something to stick to. Then I sprinkled glitter on the kid’s lotioned hands.

I had them do some of the things they would normally do on an average day. Like turning on a light, or scrathing their nose. They were able to see how the glitter rubbed off onto the lightswitch.

C was in the shower when we started, so she played ring around the rosie with my other two kids when she came out and we saw how the glitter transferred onto her hands also.

After this experiment everyone felt that they understood germs more completely. The kids were motivated to run around the house sanitizing all the lightswitches, doorknobs, remote controls, and keyboards.

This activity is part of our Germs Unit.   Thanks Jennifer for creating it for us!

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Check out Jennifer’s blog for other learning activities.


  1. TrenchMommy says:

    Hi! I can’t find your e-mail…but if you want me to guest post about the chocolate covered coffee beans I’ll do a longer post (more step-by-step pics)…just let me know! E-mail me at

  2. Ida Red (aka) Richele says:

    I love this!!!!! This is an awesome idea. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I’d forgotten about this idea! I so need to do it with my kids, because they’re really not getting why they need to wash their hands.

  4. This is awesome! We’ll try this since we just read about germs!

  5. | Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Fantastic. I’m also a specialist in this topic so I can understand your effort.

  6. You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but
    I find this topic to be really something which I think I
    would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me.
    I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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