Jazzy and her mom discover why washing with soap and water is the number one way to get rid of coronavirus —and any other germs — on your hands.
Activity: Soap Surprises
An activity to model how soap works
Gather the following materials
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (or other type of ground spice)
- ½ teaspoon cooking oil
- small cup (for mixing spice and oil)
- small mixing spoon
- 3 plastic spoons (other options are plastic knives or craft sticks)
- 3 cups that hold about 8 ounces
- liquid soap
- labels and pencil or pen
- ¼ paper towel
Set up the experiment
- Mix the ground spice and oil in a small cup.
- Cover the bowls of the three plastic spoons with an even and equal amount of the ground spice and oil mixture.
- Label the cups “water”, “water and soap”, “water, soap and rubbing for 20 seconds.”
- Fill the “water and soap” cup with water. Put in a squirt of dish soap, and mix.
- Pour half of the soap and water mixture into the “water, soap and rubbing for 20 seconds” cup.
- Fill the “water” cup about halfway with water.
Perform the test
- Put a coated spoon into each labeled cup.
- For the cup labeled “water, soap and rubbing for 20 seconds,” rub the coated surface with ¼ of a paper towel for 20 seconds.
- Observe each spoon.