Blue Ivy's science experiment shows us why we need to wash our hands

By Zach Harper

When did you first start doing science experiments with your parents or grandparents? This writer remembers being around six years old when his mom showed him exactly how much iron is in oatmeal by placing a magnet in the middle of his bowl of oatmeal one morning! He was amazed to see how much of the mineral was instantly attracted to another piece of metal.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's daughter, Blue Ivy, recently turned eight years old – and judging from her grandma's Instagram, she's getting pretty into science!

Beyoncé's mother, Tina Knowles Lawson, shared a sweet clip of her grandchild conducting a simple science experiment to show followers just how important hand washing is during the coronavirus pandemic.

"My brilliant granddaughter Blue did this experiment to show how washing your hands fights the virus," Tina wrote.

You may have seen the simple experiment online. It involves mixing pepper with water and then using soap to demonstrate how it repels the pepper, and has a similar effect on the coronavirus. Watch what happens to Blue's hand when she sticks a finger into the water with soap on it.



"This is why it's very important to wash your hands," Blue says in the clip, "because if you wash your hands, it will stay clean, but if you keep your hands dirty, you might get sick. So, peace out. I hope you guys are staying safe. Wash your hands extra, and please stay at home. Love y'all. Bye!"

Of course, this isn't the first hand washing demonstration a celebrity or celebrity kid has made during the pandemic. Last month, Dakota Johnson shared a hilarious video of her washing her "hands" and having a pretty difficult time. Fans instantly recognized the digits making the water spray all over the place as belonging to boyfriend Chris Martin.

Brandon Flowers of The Killers also demonstrated an easy way to keep safe by singing the chorus of his band's "Mr. Brightside" while washing in a clip that also went viral. And then there's Neil Diamond reworking "Sweet Caroline"...

Remember to wash your hands, even if you're not going outside very much! The coronavirus pandemic is still an issue and the illness continues to spread. As of this writing, the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine says there have been more than 2.4 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 185 countries and regions. The coronavirus has been responsible for more than 167,000 deaths worldwide, and more than 639,000 people have since recovered from the illness.

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