Over the past few days, parents, teachers and celebrities are coming up with hacks and catchy songs to get kids washing their hands. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water is the number one recommended way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. On her Instagram, Kristen Bell shared how the “pepper trick” can show kids the importance of hand washing.

Bell captioned her post, “Such an amazing way to teach kids (and the rest of us adults) the importance of washing our hands.” She also implored parents to tag someone else in order to get the message to as many parents as possible. 

The video originates from preschool teacher, Amanda Lorenzo. In the video, Lorenzo has one of her students dip their fingertip into a bowl of water containing pepper (the virus) and the pepper does not move and instead clings to the child’s finger. Next, she has the child dip their finger into a bowl filled with liquid soap before putting their finger into the pepper filled water. This time, the pepper in the water moves far away from the soapy finger.

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—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: Kristen Bell via Instagram 

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