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Tips for discussing germs with your child

Tips for discussing germs with your child

With unprecedented levels of colds, flu, and COVID-19 going around Melbourne right now, it’s more important than ever to discuss germs with your child and how we can minimise their spread.

What are germs?

Germs are tiny organisms that can cause infections and illness. They’re so small that you can’t see them without a microscope. We can find germs everywhere, including on our skin, in the air, and on surfaces like door handles and bench tops.

When germs enter your body, they can cause an infection. Infections can make you feel unwell and can sometimes be serious. Symptoms of an infection can include fever, coughing, and a sore throat.

How to explain germs to children

The idea of germs fascinates most children. They are tiny creatures that we can’t see, but they are everywhere! So, how can we explain germs to young children effectively?

One way is to compare germs to seeds. Just like seeds, germs are tiny. They can also grow and multiply quickly, just like seeds. But unlike seeds, germs can make people sick. You can also explain germs by talking about how they are spread. Germs can spread through coughing, sneezing, and touching. They can also be spread through contaminated food or water.

Another way to teach children about germs is through fun games and activities. Here are some ideas:

Play the “germ game”

Get a bunch of stuffed animals or dolls and have them pretend to sneeze or cough on each other. This will help your child understand how germs can spread from person to person.

Make a “germ jar

Fill a jar with water and add some glitter or food colouring to represent germs. Explain that just like the glitter or food colouring, germs can spread quickly and easily from person to person.

Do some science experiments

There are lots of great science experiments online that can help children learn about germs. Try doing one or two together and explain the results in terms your child can understand.

Wash your hands

This is a great activity to do with younger children. Show them how to wash their hands properly and explain why it’s important.

Make a germ poster

Get some construction paper and crayons and have your child make a poster about germs. They can include pictures and words to explain what germs are and how they can spread.

Find hidden germs

Hide small pieces of black paper around the house or yard and have children find them. Explain that these represent germs and that they can be hiding anywhere.

By taking measures to prevent the spread of germs and teaching children about them, we can all help keep each other healthy.

Learning Ladder is committed to supporting families and helping reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases across our centres. For information on our hygiene practices, please get in touch with us today.

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