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Follow That Germ

By Deirdre Byerly and Lisa Hawker
3E Health Ed Tools

PO Box 621454
Littleton, CO 80162-1454

This kit is a fun way to teach little ones about germs and the importance of hand washing. It includes an easy-to-read book about Germo, the tiny germ you can't see that can get everywhere if you're not careful. The book does a good job of showing that germs are invisible and can get anywhere and that the only way to get rid of them is to wash with soap and water.

Also included is a teacher guide that gives suggestions on how to use the contents of the kit. It describes a circle game that uses the accompanying soft ball. There is also a coloring page that can be copied as well as words to a germ song put to the tune of "Bingo." There is a poster to remind young ones that the best way to get rid of germs is to wash. And included are 25 germ tattoos, meant for your children to put at their elbows, to remind them to cough or sneeze there and not on their hands. There is an instructional CD for the teacher as well as a CD with the words and music to the "Germo" song. Also included is a large soft bag to hold all the supplies in.

This kit is meant for younger children. My children did enjoy learning about germs and how to get rid of them. The germ book is cute, and the tattoos were a fun reminder. This is designed for a classroom school situation; the coloring page has a message for parents on the back. But the kit could be modified to fit the needs of a co-op with younger children.

Product review by Charlotte Gochnauer, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, LLC

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