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Well that didn’t take long! We only had nine days of school under our belts when my first grader was diagnosed with a double ear infection and a virus! YUCK! She missed three whole days of school right in the first month! Those back-to-school germs are out in full force, but what are germs? Are they good? Are they bad? How does our body fight against them? What are things we can do to help keep us from getting sick?
You can find the answers to these questions and so many more in the awesome Usborne Books & More title What Are Germs? This book is part of one of my favorite Usborne Books & More series – the Lift-the-Flap Very First Questions and Answers series.
Adorable Illustrations Make Me Swoon
What first drew me to this series were Marta Alvarez Miguens’ adorable illustrations. The style of illustration is so timeless and adorable! I’m a sucker for good illustrations.
Flaps Make Kids Swoon
Next, kids love flaps. What Are Germs? has 27 flaps (yes, I counted them) for kids to explore. Interactive books help children make predictions about what will be under the flap. Ask them questions before you lift the flap to get them thinking creatively. Flaps also teach kids fine motor skills by allowing them to gently lift each flap without tearing.
What Are Germs? teaches kids where germs live, what are germs (viruses and bacteria), how germs spread, how our bodies can fight germs, and how medicines can help, and how you can stop germs (hand washing, cleaning up after pets, brushing teeth, etc.).
Learning all about Germs
This book is a must-have for back-to-school, flu season, and just about anytime! It’s partner book, What Is Poop?, is also a huge hit in this house. Did you know wombat poop in squares?
Hands-On Activity to Teach Your Kids about Germs
Sometimes kids learn best when they have a hands-on example! Lucky for my kids, I am a hoarder of craft supplies so I can usually whip something up! Today we made our own ginormous GERMS! Germs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are good for our bodies and some are not-so-good. We read What Are Germs? after we made our germy creations to learn more about how we can keep our bodies safe from germs!
A Germy Craft Project
This craft is pretty simple, and if you’re a craft supplies hoarder like me, you may already have everything you need at home!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Plain white paper, preferably cardstock
- Very diluted non-toxic paint (We used this set from Crayola)
- Googly eyes
Dilute the paint with quite a bit of water. If you’ve read my posts before, you know that measuring is not my jam. I don’t know, maybe do like half paint/half water?
Once you have your paint colors chosen, set them on the table so your kids can tell you they hate those colors and request 8 different colors. Stick to your guns or choose your battles and dilute 8 more colors….use your best judgment here.
Plop down that paint onto your paper and let your kids blow the paint splotches into tiny little germs. If your kid pours the bottle of paint onto the page while you’re not looking, it may take quite a while for the paint to dry.
Once your wonderful germy creations are, you’ll glue on the googly eyes and draw faces. We chose to make some smiley and some not-to-smiley since some bacteria is actually good for our guts!
Want More Kids Activities?
I hope you enjoyed our What Are Germs? activity! Check out some of these other fun activities for kids.