Louisville WaterWorks Museum Virtual Activities - Hand washing

Louisville WaterWorks Museum Virtual Activities - Hand Washing

Welcome to our new series Louisville Water Works! Each week we will post a new video with a lesson and an at-home challenge. We will also share directions for challenges and activities that relate to each topic. 

Week 2: Handwashing

Germs are everywhere! They are in us, on us and around us. Hands are the most common way to spread germs. Hands provide a “warm” environment for germs to grow. Since your hands touch everything from crayons to the toilet, it’s easy to pass germs from one thing to another. 

You spread germs all day so it’s important to not only wash your hands, but to keep them away from your mouth, nose and eyes. 

Being clean is a way to fight germs and stay healthy. The Centers for Disease Control has found that handwashing is the single most effective way to stop the spread of germs. Handwashing helps prevent communicable diseases like the flu, a cold, strep throat or a stomach virus.

Soap removes the germs; water helps the soap work. You skin has natural oils that germs cling to. Soap breaks through the oil so it’s hard for germs to stick around. Scrubbing your hands creates friction to pull dirt and germs from your skin.  

So when should you wash your hands? 
-Before you prepare or eat food                                                                           
-After you go to the bathroom
-Before and after you help someone who is sick                                                  
-After you blow your nose, cough or sneeze
-Before you insert or remove a contact lens                                                         
-After you play with an animal or pet
-Before and after you treat a cut or wound

Challenge: Spread the *FAKE* Germs
We challenge you see how germs can spread from one person to another.

- Glitter, flour or cornstarch
- 3 or 4 commonly used items: pencil, water bottle and TV remote for example.

1. Wash your hands for 20 seconds and dry them thoroughly.
2. Place a small quantity of germ material in your hand 
3. Pretend to sneeze or cough into your hand
4. Pick up or touch your various household items
5. Touch someone you live with on the shoulder 
6. Take notice of all the places the “germs” end up after you touch them. What would happen if some one picked up an item after you touched it?
7. Wash your hands again and disinfected all your household items that you used for the challenge.

Activity: Writing Prompt
Germs are so tiny we can’t see them. But it’s easy for a germ to travel from person to person! What happened to your hands during the challenge? Where did your germs go? Where did your germs come from? Come up with a list of places where germs hide.

Activity: Draw It
Take a blank piece of paper and trace your hand on it. Use a crayon, marker or colored pencil to color in the places on your hand that still had “germs” after you washed them. Create a poster to hang next to your sink. This will help you remember what you learned about germs and how to wash your hands.

Share It!
Share your completed challenges and activities with us. Tag us @LouWaterTowerPark and use the hashtag #LouisvilleWaterWorks

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