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Fun Ear Cleaning Activity with Flour

by on Jan 12th, 2012

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Ok, before you feel confused or wonder what I’m doing with flour and ears… it’s an art activity we did in class. We were trying to come up with a way to teach kids about personal hygiene and ear cleaning and this is what we came up with. It was really fun and the kids were really grossed out thinking that the colored flour was real ear wax!

We did the activity not to teach the kids how to clean their ears but to let the kids know WHY their parents need to help them clean their ears. Seeing all that “ear wax” did the trick!


What you will need

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Yellow Paint
  • 2 small cups (usually found at fast food chains to put sauce/condiments)
  • Child printout with enlarged ears
  • Cotton bud
  • Tissue
  • Glue
  • Scissors


What you will do:

Step 1: Print out a picture of a boy, girl or even an animal! Just make sure the ears are big enough to “clean”

Step 2: Punch holes on both ears



Step 4: Let the kids color the print out


Step 5: Create the mixture using flour and water (same recipe as goo) –Remember to only put a little water for the gooey and sticky effect


Step 6: Add a little yellow paint in the mixture to make it look like ear wax


Step 7: Place a little “ear wax” into the small cups



Step 8: Put a little glue on the lid of the cups and glue it behind the ears (don’t put too much glue so you can remove the cups later on)



Step 9: Hand the kids some buds and tissue and let them start cleaning the boy’s ears!




*The kids were really grossed out and really thought they were getting lots of ear wax from the print out. None of them even noticed the cups underneath!



Cheryl Villareal is a preschool teacher and the owner/ editor-in-chief of On weekdays, she could be found teaching her little tots while Sundays are her workout days. She easily enjoys simple things and loves experiencing new things! Her blog is simply a way for her to share these experiences with people. Besides her blog, she also contributes and writes various articles on Follow her on Twitter

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