This youth art project is meant for kids in preschool and up. To learn more about germs, try reading “Germs are Not for Sharing” by author Howard Hughes. For slightly older kiddos, check out “The Bacteria Book” by Steve Mould.
-Paper (from a sketchbook if possible, but plain computer paper will work)
-Watercolor paints (You could also use watered down acrylic or tempera paint, or just water and food coloring)
-Water cup for washing brushes
-Straw (if you don’t have one, you can roll up a piece of paper to create your own)
Step 1: Get your brush nice and wet, and add some paint to your paper. About the size of a coin
Step 2: Using your straw, blow air towards the wet paint. Play around with blowing in different directions. Repeat with multiple colors until your page is filled. Feel free to make some germs larger than others. Set aside to dry
Step 3: Cut out eyes from scrap paper. If you fold in half, you can cut out two at a time. Play around with making these different shapes – germs aren’t all the same!
Step 4: Using your black marker, draw some eyes on the white cut outs. These can be as simple as black dots, or a football-shaped eye, or some long curvy lines to look like lashes.
Step 5: When your paint is dry, glue eyes onto each germ.
Step 6: Using your black marker, draw on arms and legs for your germs. I used squiggly black lines with a circle at the end, you can draw whatever shapes you want!
All done! Did you make this project? Share with us on social media, or email Kristina with your creations!