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If you've never tried Glo-Germ with your kids, you are missing out on a great school or home activity. (see below) Glo-Germ is a lotion that glows a bright blue/white under ultra-violet light. Widely used for teaching proper handwashing and demonstrating how germs and viruses can be spread. One 8 ounce bottle is good for 75-100 applications. Non-toxic. For ages 5 and up with adult supervision.
Teachers have shared with us that they put a bit of the lotion into student's hands as they enter the classroom but they don't tell them yet what the lotion is. After about 30 minutes of daily activity, they shut off the lights in the room and power up a blacklight. (We sell 'em if you need one.) The students will be amazed as their hands glow under the blacklight. They will also immediately notice how objetcs that they touched also glow. Then teachers challenge their students to wash off the lotion. When they return from handwashing, they can see just how well they did by powering up the blacklight again. A great demonstration of proper handwashing technique and of how germs are spread.
Posted by Mrs. B on 03 13 2013
The kids had a great time with this activity. It definitely showed how washing technique can be more important than the amount of time spent washing (We also learned which 2nd graders we might not want to shake hands with at the end of the day.)
Posted by Cathy on 08 24 2011
We used the Glow Germ to show students where they might miss cleaning when washing their hands. Many were surprised by how much they missed. The darker you can get the room, the better the effect.