Build Your Own Hand Washing Tool Kit - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Build Your Own Hand Washing Tool Kit

The supplies and materials you need to build a toolkit for teaching the MDH hand washing curriculum.

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Experiment supplies


Experiment supplies:

Not all supplies are necessary. Check the curriculum you are using for the experiments you plan to do and pack only those materials.

  • Ultraviolet light
    • Extension cord
  • Glowing potion and/or powder
  • Soap
  • Paper towels
  • Singing/dancing animal that lasts 20 seconds (or other way to measure 20 seconds of time)
  • Fake finger germs (5)
  • Rubber chicken
  • Telephone
  • Apple or other fruit
  • Sandwich
  • Sterile petri dishes (with agar)
  • Sterile cotton swabs or Q-tips
  • Distilled water
  • Masking tape
  • Permanent markers
  • Sandwich bags
  • Preservative free bread (available at most bakeries)
  • Brown grocery bag
  • Paper lunch bags
  • Balloons
  • 3-600ml beakers
  • 2-250ml flasks
  • Labels
  • Sugar
  • Packaged dry yeast
  • Instant read thermometer
  • Spoon
  • 3 Containers for water (buckets) or glass jars with lids
  • Cutting board
  • Play-doh (not white or yellow)
  • Knife
  • Dark color paper or cloth towel

Other things to have:

  • Acrylic snot
  • Prizes

Disclaimer: The Minnesota Food Safety Partnership, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the Minnesota Department of Health do not endorse any of these companies. The list is provided for assistance in purchasing items, you should make your own store selections.

Petri dishes:

  • Local hospitals and clinics may donate VWR Scientific Products
    Sterile agar petri dishes; 100 per case
    Trypticase Soy Agar 5% Sheep’s Blood, TSA2

Sterile swabs:

  • VWR Scientific Products
    Sterlie swabs; 100

Blacklight and glowing powder:

  • Brevis Corporation
    Large Ultraviolet Light Stick Kit BGBKIT#003
    (comes with 1 glowing potion and 1 glowing powder)
  • Glowing powder/potion (glows under blacklight):
    Brevis Corporation
    Extra glowing potion
    Extra glowing powder

Updated Monday, 25-Nov-2019 15:39:41 CST