The importance of washing your hands
The experiment consists of a few slices of bread and some grubby hands. The results will be both interesting and completely disgusting. The lesson, though? The only way to keep germs away is by washing your hands.
You will need:
- A few pieces of bread (you could cut one slice into quarters or halves or you could use stale bread).
- 5 x sandwich bags or cling film
- Permanent marker to label or paper and glue stick
- Ipad or phone
- Hand sanitiser (if available)
Use the picture above to help you with labelling.
1. After the children have been out playing in the garden (and ensuring they do not touch their face with their hands), get them to touch a slice of bread and put it in a bag and label as Dirty Hands.
2. Then get them to use hand sanitiser to clean their hands and after put another piece of bread in another bag and label as 'Hand Sanitiser'.
3. After that, get children to wash their hands very thoroughly. Pick another piece of bread with their clean hands and store in a bag labelled 'Clean Hands'.
4. After that get the children to wipe a piece of bread on an ipad and keep in a bag labelled 'Ipad'.
5. Lastly, with gloves on put another piece of bread in a bag and label as 'Fresh and Untouched'.
Leave for a few days/week/s and then record in a scientific diary the changes you can see in the different pieces of bread and investigate why it is important to wash our hands. Template for the diary is below if you wish to use it otherwise you could record it in any book or paper.
Live Animal Life Streams from zoos
How good does it sound being able to stay in your pjs and watch some really cute animals live?Here are some fab zoos and aquariums that offer live streams of their animals.
1. Edinburgh Zoo (UK) - Panda, Koala, penguin & Tiger cams HERE
2. Marwell Zoo (UK) - Flamingo, Penguin, Giraffe & Lemur cams HERE
3. Dublin Zoo (Ireland) - Elephants, Penguins, giraffes, rhinos, ostrich & zebras cams HERE
4. Houston Zoo (USA) -Giraffe, Gorilla, Chimp, Elephant, Leafcutter Ant & Rhino cams HERE
5. Living Coast Wild Planet trust (UK) - Penguin cam HERE
6. Paignton Zoo (UK) - Meerkat & Sulawesi Crested Macaque cams HERE
7. Clearwater Marine Aquarium (USA) - Dolphins, Turtles, Pelicans & Otter cams HERE
Most of these websites have facts about the animals you are watching. Find out some facts about their habitat, diet, habits, behaviours and if they are an endangered species, find out how our society can help to preserve them.
The Wildlife Trust Activities - Click here
There are still lots of ways that you can help wildlife during this time. There are some brilliant resources on this website. Below are two examples of the activities you can get busy with.
Find out about Honey Bees and how they help to sustain all of our ecosystems round the world.
Explore by looking at this websites to find out facts or watch some YouTube videos for fascinating facts and information. Remember to find out about their habitats, life cycles, food chain, how the beehive is organised, the types of bees there are in the bee hive, the different jobs they have, why are bees important, etc. Gather, write down and cut and stick pictures to make your own little fact file or booklet about Honey Bees. Here are some websites that might help you investigate.
National Geographic - Interesting facts about bees
Fun Facts for Kids YouTube - A puppet tells you lots of facts about Bees.
Find out about these fascinating animals. Here is a link full of videos to help you find out more about Life Cycles
Press this link to access a variety of books about insects including Monarch Butterflies and BEES.
Draw your own butterfly cycle in the template in your pack. You can print off photographs and add extra details.
Be creative and do your Life cycle in whichever way you want. Make sure you include lots of information about each stage and ensure that you are using your punctuation, noun phrases, generalisers and present tense.
Learn about spiders, sound and music, communities and even how bones work in your body! Watch a story, read a book, watch a video and do an activity. Great Fun!