Handwashing. How boring is that? Especially since most of the kids I know hate to wash their hands. But it gets fun when you play the Germ Magnet game!
In 2020, it's especially important to wash our hands frequently to help curb the spread of the viruses such as COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control has some cool posters that help raise awareness of the importance of handwashing.
Wolf Required Adventure – Call of the Wild 5c: Show or demonstrate what to do to keep from spreading your germs.
Wolf Elective Adventure – Germs Alive! 2: Play Germ Magnet with your den. Wash your hands again afterward.
There are several ways you can play the germ magnet game. This version of the game is a little more involved than the one in the Wolf Handbook. Playing this way will show that you need to wash with soap and water to get rid of germs.
The game is messy and best done outside, but it's fun. The germ spreading activity will teach kids how germs can spread from person to person and why hand washing is so important.
You'll need glitter, preferably a different color for each Scout. This inexpensive sampler pack would work great!
Remember when I suggested that you do this outside? That's why. 🙂
Tell the Scouts that the glitter is like germs. Sprinkle a small amount of glitter onto each kid's hands.
Use a different color for each person. Have them rub their hands together then start high-fiving or shaking hands with each other.
After a few minutes, have the Scouts look at their hands to see what colors of glitter they have collected. This shows how germs can easily spread.
To remove the glitter, have them rub their hands on a paper towel. Point out that some of the glitter will come off, but they will still have glitter on their hands.
Next, ask the Cub Scouts to wash their hands with just cold water. More of the glitter comes off, but not all of it.
Finally, have them wash with warm water and soap. They can see that this is the best way to get rid of the glitter germs. Talk about how important it is to use warm water and soap.
You can also do this germ spreading game without having the kids shake hands. This method is perfect for just one or two kids.
Instead, sprinkle the glitter on a common object that they might use–a ruler, for example. Have them pick up the ruler and measure something.
Next, have them pick up a pencil and write a few words on a piece of paper.
Then have someone else (another child or adult) pick up the pencil then look at their hands. Talk about how the germs were spread to another object and another person.
Have you played a different version of the Germ Magnet game? Tell us about it in the comments!
Yours in Scouting,
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