For the past six weeks, our country has been in quarantine due to Covid-19. During this time, my son and I have used our creativity to make up fun activities to do in our home.

We have spent a lot of time doing Science Experiments, playing games, learning, and enjoying the warm weather outside.

One day my son was looking on the Internet and saw the Pepper and Soap Experiment. After viewing the instructions for this experiment, he ran in the kitchen and told me that he wanted to do it. I was familiar with the experiment because I saw it about a month ago on Facebook and was planning to do it with him in the future.

However, he requested that we do the Pepper and Soap Experiment that day. My son was excited because he wanted to add his own twist to the experiment.

How Does It Work?

In this activity, germs are represented by pepper. In demonstrates how soap is used to repel those germs and wash them off your hands.

We knew pepper would work in this experiment. However, my son took it a step further and discovered three more spices/seasonings that worked and why all four were successful.

I was proud of my son because he tested all the spices/seasonings in our kitchen. He calls his new discovery, THE SURPRISE SPICES.

We like the experiment because it is fun and simple. You most likely have all the materials in your kitchen.

Additionally, it is a wonderful way to explain to children the importance of washing their hands with soap. This skill is especially important now that Covid-19 is among us.

If you want to see how the experiment is done and THE SURPRISE SPICES, please view the video below. It comes from my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please like and subscribe to support the channel and for fun learning activities.

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15 thoughts on “Fun & Simple Science Experiment to Teach Kids About Germs

  1. I love that your son took this experiment further. My son and I have completed this experiment with pepper, but had not considered experimenting to see if other spices work. Great idea.

  2. I’ve never heard of this experiment. I will have to try it with my kids. That’s awesome that he wanted to experiment on his own and try something different!

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