Hello families and welcome back to our blog! It has been so lovely to be able to reconnect in a face to face manner and we are all doing our best to educate ourselves further and practice good hygiene amidst this challenging time in the world.
As a class, we investigated how germs travel through an experiment.
To begin this experiment, we used hand sanitiser, then moisturised our hands to help make sure they stayed a little bit damp and then Miss Brown and Mrs A added red or blue coloured glitter to our hands. Why did we put glitter all over our hands you may ask? We pretended the glitter was actually germs! Knowing that we cannot see most germs, using glitter on damp hands allowed us to represent germs that might be stuck on our hands, and glitter is very easy to see!
Once we were all glittered up, Miss Brown told us to play with the blocks on the floor. When we played with the blocks, we noticed that the glitter germs on our hands were spreading. We started noticing that the glitter germs were spreading onto our clothes, the floor space around us, and we were also picking up different coloured glitter germs to our own! We continued to track all places in the room that glitter germs had appeared on and by doing so, we were able to see and realise how germs can travel even when we don’t mean for them to.
This made us appreciate the importance of good hand washing! We all went and washed our hands thoroughly whilst singing “happy birthday” to ensure all those glitter germs were gone from our hands. However when we came back to the classroom, we noticed that our hands were clean but the glitter germs were still on things like our toys! Together, we decided to wipe down the toys with wipes to practice good hygiene and cleanliness and made those glitter germs disappear!
After this, our minds opened up to so many deeper questions so Miss Brown wrote them down so that over time, we can investigate these further and develop a greater understanding.
Here are our questions – are you able to help us find out more?
What Prep D want to learn about health and hygiene
How do germs cause colds? – Vartika
How do germs stay on our hands? – Aileen
What kind of germs are on our belongings? –Ryan
Where do germs come from? – Ayansh
How does hand sanitiser help us? – Miss Brown
What does soap do to germs? – M
How can we protect ourselves from the germs? – Jasleen
Are there good germs in our bodies? – Ali