Germs: Health Education/Science for Early Years

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A set of interactive resources called ‘A Germ’s Journey’ has been developed between a microbiologist and educationalist to teach about germs and the consequences of hand washing, i.e. good health or bad health. These have been developed to engage children in a number of different activities to embed their learning about health and hygiene; a book, a website with games, downloadable colouring sheets and an optional hand washing activity appropriate for ages 3-7 years.

Through engaging with A Germ’s Journey book and website (, and using the behaviourism principles ABC, children learn that the antecedents are germs in the environment, behaviour is washing hands, and the consequence is keeping well, or not washing hands and getting unwell. Resources include posters and even a song!


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