This glitter germ experiment is perfect for teaching kids about the importance of hand washing and the role of soap in fighting germs.


  • A shallow dish
  • Water
  • Blue dish soap
  • Glitter


  1. Pour water into the shallow dish nearly to the edge.
  2. Sprinkle glitter generously over the surface.
  3. Squirting soap directly into a mass of glitter floating on the water or coat a finger in soap and try to touch the “germs”. The more soap the faster the reaction.
  4. To extend this activity, you can go to the sink and remind kids about the good hand washing practices.