Teacher’s Kinda Gross ‘Bread Trick’ Is The Handwashing Inspiration That Kids Need

All you need are three slices of bread and some dirty little hands.

It officially is autumn, but with the wonderful colors and pumpkin spice everything comes something not-so-lovely — the start of flu season. Beginning in the fall, peaking in January and possibly lasting all the way through May, the flu is not something to mess with.

The best way to prevent spreading the bug? Wash your hands. The important step in the hygiene process can go a long way to prevent the spread of the dreaded flu virus.

Thanks to an experiment by a teacher in Tennessee called the “bread trick” that has gone viral, we’re all getting a lesson in the importance of simply washing our hands.

washing hands photo
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On Facebook, preschool teacher Courtney Lee Simpson, shared a very telling image of an experiment she conducted with her students to hammer home the importance of washing hands.

All you need are three slices of bread — and some germs.

“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,” she explains.

The results are pretty shocking — and definitely disgusting.

“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,” Simpson, who teaches at Claxton Elementary in Powell, Tennessee, writes.

Ugh, so gross, right?!

Since germs are invisible, this seems like the perfect way to show kids just how easily they spread.

Simpson shared this photo in 2014 after the bread had been on the wall for about 5 or 6 weeks. She said she repeats this project with her students every year, and she asks the students to write or draw about the bread’s status each week. How cool!

Adults are loving the “bread trick,” too, commenting on the post with praise for Simpson’s unique way of teaching her students and tagging their teacher friends, saying they should try it out with their own students.

Other Ways To Prevent The Flu

Along with washing your hands, some other important steps to take when it comes to battling the flu include eating foods rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and following steps to keep germs out of your home in the first place, like not wearing your shoes indoors and wiping down light switches and door handles.

Correction: This article was updated to properly credit the teacher who conducted the experiment with her students. A previous version incorrectly identified the teacher and author of the Facebook post. We regret the error.