Cinnamon Magic: Show kids how important soap is to clean hands!
Wash the Germs Away
washing hands
Ages
3 & up
Estimated Time
5 minutes
Things to Consider
Be sure to tell your kids not to touch their noses or eyes while cinnamon is on their hands.
Want to teach your kids how to really wash away germs? Teach them Cinnamon Magic!

Step 1:
Rub a little vegetable oil on your child's hands, then sprinkle with cinnamon "germs" while explaining that real germs are too small to see. Be sure to tell your kids not to touch their noses or eyes while cinnamon is on their hands.

Step 2:
Have your child wash his or her hands without soap. The "germs" won't come off.

Step 3:
Add soap—and watch those "germs" disappear!

While they're washing:
  1. Teach your kids to wash their hands frequently.
  2. Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds—the time it takes to sing The Happy Birthday Song twice.
  3. Remind your kids to wash their hands at school too.
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