The sneeze demonstration for the Wolf Germs Alive! adventure involves putting confetti in a balloon, blowing it up, and then popping it. The confetti ends up all spread out, like germs in a sneeze.
This demonstration should be done in an open area where you will be able to sweep up afterwards.
- Confetti (or tiny cut up pieces of paper)
- Balloon pump
- Broom and dustpan
- Put a large spoonful of confetti inside a balloon which has not been blown up. A funnel might be helpful.
- Blow up the balloon. Use a balloon pump if you have one. Do not tie the balloon.
- Pretend like you are going to sneeze.
- Hold up the balloon and let the step open up so the confetti sprays out.
- Discuss how far the pieces went and how this is like the germs in a sneeze. That is why we should cover our noses and mouths when we sneeze.
- Sweep up the pieces of confetti.
For the Germs Alive! mucus demonstration, you make fake “mucus” from borax, warm water, and glue. Then you use something like glitter or cocoa powder to see how the mucus traps small particles.
The child should sing the song while washing his or her hands. When she gets to the end of the song, she knows she has washed her hands long enough to get them clean.
This shows a great demonstration for how to show kids how easily germs spread.