Teacher’s Genius Bread Trick Shows Kids Why Hand Washing Is SO Important

As parents, we drill the importance of hand washing into our kids ad nauseum.

AND YET. Only one out of my three currently seems to believe me that it is important. SIGH. What’s a mom to do? Well, thankfully, a GENIUS teacher in Tennessee did an in-class experiment to show her students how important it is to WASH YOUR NASTY HANDS, especially before touching food—and we can share her viral, convincing results with our own kiddos.

Courtney Simpson,a Pre-K teacher at Claxton Elementary School, conducted an experiment involving three pieces of bread with her students. She put the first piece of bread in a plastic bag while wearing gloves, put the second piece in a plastic bad with freshly washed hands, and then had her students pass the third piece around the room before she put it in a plastic bag. Then, she simply taped the bags to the classroom wall and waited for the results…

…which were VERY telling after a few days. See for yourself!

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Simpson posted her experiment results on Facebook, and it’s been shared over 300,000  times! She says:

To all my teacher friends this is the grossest yet coolest experiment. I did this while teaching about germs and how they spread. You use three pieces of bread. You let all the kids see you put a piece of bread in a baggy with a glove on hence “controlled” then you wash your hands and put a piece of bread in a baggy for “clean” last but definitely not least you pass a piece of bread around and let every kid in class touch it then you put it in a baggy and label it dirty. Watch how the bread changes over time due to germs. It is so cool and a great way to teach the importance of hand washing 

Does explaining the importance of hand-washing get any easier (or more gross) that this?? I think not!! You could easily do this in your own home—and I think I just might!

***This article has been updated to reflect the accurate identity of the experiment originator.***


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Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor. You can find her at her blog, Mommin' It Up, or follow her on Twitter.