Proper Hand Washing Glitter Experiment for Kids!

Apr 13, 2021


At The Knowledge Nest, we believe in educating children about the importance of proper hand washing to maintain good hygiene and prevent the spread of germs. Our engaging glitter experiment is a fun and interactive way to teach kids the significance of thorough hand washing.

The Glitter Experiment

In this experiment, we use glitter to represent germs. By following the steps below, your child will understand the vital role of effective hand washing:

Gathering the Materials

Before getting started, gather the following materials:

  • Glitter (a variety of colors)
  • Soap
  • Water
  • A towel

The Experiment Process

Follow these steps to conduct the glitter experiment:

Step 1: Sprinkle Glitter

Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter onto your child's hands. Explain that the glitter represents the invisible germs that can be found on their hands if they don't wash them properly.

Step 2: Observe

Encourage your child to examine their hands closely. Let them see how the glitter sticks to their skin and nails, just like germs do.

Step 3: Wash with Water Only

Have your child wash their hands using only water. Ask them to observe what happens to the glitter.

Step 4: Discuss the Results

Once your child has rinsed their hands, discuss the outcome. Explain that water alone cannot effectively remove the glitter (germs), and it can still remain on their hands.

Step 5: Wash with Soap

Instruct your child to wash their hands again, but this time using soap and water. Encourage them to scrub their hands thoroughly, making sure to reach all areas.

Step 6: Observe the Difference

After washing with soap, let your child observe their hands again. They will notice that the glitter (germs) has been effectively removed, leaving their hands clean and sparkling.

Step 7: Explain Proper Hand Washing

Take this opportunity to explain the importance of proper hand washing. Teach your child to follow these essential steps:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water.
  2. Apply soap and create a lather.
  3. Rub your hands together, ensuring you reach all surfaces.
  4. Scrub for at least 20 seconds (sing the happy birthday song twice) to eliminate germs.
  5. Rinse thoroughly under clean, running water.
  6. Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry them.

Why Is Proper Hand Washing Important?

Proper hand washing is crucial for maintaining good hygiene and preventing the spread of germs and illnesses. When children understand the significance of hand washing, they are more likely to adopt it as a regular habit. Here are a few reasons why proper hand washing is important for kids:

1. Reducing the Risk of Infections

By washing their hands properly, children can significantly reduce the risk of contracting and spreading infections, such as colds, flu, and stomach bugs.

2. Promoting Overall Health

Regular hand washing helps keep children healthy by preventing the transfer of harmful bacteria and viruses that can cause various illnesses.

3. Developing Good Hygiene Habits

Through informative and engaging activities like glitter experiments, children can learn the importance of personal hygiene and develop good habits from an early age.

4. Protecting Others

Proper hand washing not only safeguards the person washing their hands but also protects others, especially the elderly, young children, and individuals with weakened immune systems.

5. Life-Long Skill

Teaching children proper hand washing techniques instills a life-long skill that they can carry with them into adulthood, ensuring hygienic practices are maintained throughout their lives.


At The Knowledge Nest, we strive to provide informative and engaging activities that help children understand the importance of proper hand washing. Through our glitter experiment, kids can learn the significance of effective hand washing in an enjoyable way. By promoting good hygiene habits from a young age, we contribute to the well-being of our community and society.

Brian Handly
Great idea! This hands-on glitter experiment is a fantastic way to educate kids about proper hand washing. It's important to teach them early on about hygiene to keep those germs at bay! 🌟🧼👍
Nov 11, 2023
Bjorn Born
This activity is a sparkling way to educate kids on germ prevention! 👏🧼💫
Nov 8, 2023
Michael Taylor
Great activity to teach kids about proper hand washing and germ prevention! Love it!
Oct 12, 2023