Poison Investigator

Lesson Objective:

Teach children what poisons are and that poisons can come in solids, liquids, gases, and sprays. Children will recognize dangerous items by sight and work on a craft project to demonstrate what they’ve learned.

Students will understand that poisons can be found in many different places, and they come in different forms – solids, liquids, gases, and sprays. They will be able to identify poisons in the house that aren’t safe.

Children should learn to:

  1. Define poison.
  2. Identify different types of poison.
  3. Recognize bottles or packages that indicate an item is poisonous.
  4. Stay away from areas in the home that could contain poisonous items: medicine cabinets, kitchen, bathroom, garage and storage areas.
  5. Never touch, taste, or smell something that could be poisonous, especially if you don’t know what it is.



Children will search for pictures in magazines or newspaper ads for poisons as they pretend to be a “poison investigator.”

Materials Needed:

  • Several magazines that include ads for cleaning products or other poisonous substances. Examples might be gardening magazines, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, or other home decorating magazines, even grocery ads
  • Poster board or construction paper for each child or each group
  • Safety scissors children can use
  • Glue 


Break the children up into pairs or small groups. Provide each group with several magazines and newspaper ads, safety scissors, poster board or construction paper, and glue. 


  1. Tell children that they’re going to be Poison Investigators. Their job is to look through the magazines or ads and find pictures of products that might be poisonous.
  2. Have children cut these products out of the magazine or ad and glue them on the poster board or construction paper.
  3. Once they have filled their poster with pictures of dangerous items, ask groups to describe what they found. Ask them what the different poisons are used for and where they may be found in the home.