Handwashing. How boring is that? Especially since most of the little boys I know hate to wash their hands. But it gets fun when you play the Germ Magnet game!
Plus, it fulfills two requirements for our Wolf Cub Scouts in the new Cub Scout Adventure program. What better way to complete an adventure than with glitter?
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 this game. This version of the game is a little more involved than the one in the Wolf Handbook (available through my Amazon affiliate link in an ebook format). 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 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 boy. You can get an inexpensive sampler pack through my Amazon affiliate link. Remember when I suggested that you do this outside? That's why. 🙂
Tell the boys that the glitter is like germs. Sprinkle a small amount of glitter into each boy’s hand. Use a different color for each person. Have the boys rub their hands together then start shaking hands with each other.
After a few minutes, have the boys 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 boys rub their hands on a paper towel (or their pants if you think their moms won't be too mad). Point out that some of the glitter will come off, but they will still have glitter on their hands.
Next, have the boys 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.
What other Germ Magnet games have you played?
Yours in Scouting,
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