Egg-cellent Egg-speriments

The incredible, edible egg – who knew that such a small and delicate food could be so scientific and fun? There are dozens of EGG-citing EGG-speriments that you and your child can come up with. Do you have some leftover hard-boiled eggs from Easter or even from that egg salad you made for lunch? Well, we have the perfect EGG-speriments for you and your EGG-straordinary children. Have your child make a hypothesis for each experiment to test their problem-solving skills and to see what they think will happen.

Egg in a Bottle

What you need:

  • 1 glass bottle with a wide mouth (Snapple or other juice bottles work well)
  • 1 sheet of newspaper
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • Matches

EGG-speriment:

  1. Peel the egg.
  2. Have your child cut a few small strips of newspaper and place them into the bottom of the bottle.
  3. Drop a lit match into the bottle. (An adult should do this step!)
  4. When the paper catches on fire, set the egg onto the opening of the bottle.
  5. Wait and closely EGGS-amine the egg.
  6. The egg should be pulled into the bottle anytime now…POP!!

Shell-Free Egg

What you need:

  • 2 eggs (NOT hard-boiled)
  • 2 cups of vinegar
  • 1 clear glass jar

EGG-speriment:

  1. Place the eggs into the container. Be very careful not to break or crack the eggs.
  2. Pour the vinegar over the eggs. If 2 cups of vinegar doesn’t cover the eggs, add more until they are both covered.
  3. EGGS-amine the eggs to see the bubbles form on the outside of the shell.  Let stand for two nights.
  4. Remove the eggs from the jar and put under slow running water. Gently rub the shell with your fingers. If the shell doesn’t come off easily or completely, then return the eggs back to the vinegar for another night.
  5. Once the shell is fully removed, you and your child can observe what the egg looks like on the inside by holding it up to the light. Watch the yolk rise and sink by flipping the egg upside-down carefully.

Shell-Free Egg Part 2

What you need:

  • 2 clear jars
  • 2 “Shell-Free Eggs” (from the last EGG-speriment)
  • White corn syrup
  • Water

EGG-speriment:

  1. Fill one jar halfway with water and the other one with corn syrup.
  2. Record the size of both the eggs.
  3. Drop one egg into the corn syrup and the other into the water.
  4. Let sit for three days.
  5. Remove and rinse the eggs. Re-EGGS-amine the size difference. What did you find?

Soda SHELL-fish

What you need:

  • 1 glass or jar
  • 1 white-shelled egg
  • 1 can of cola
  • 1 old toothbrush
  • 1 tube of fluoride toothpaste

EGG-speriment:

  1. Pour the cola into the glass or jar.
  2. Place the egg into the container.
  3. Let the egg sit for 30 minutes to an hour.
  4. Remove the egg and notice the staining power of brown cola.
  5. Set an EGGS-ample! Teach your child about the damaging effects of soda and the importance of brushing your teeth by brushing away the brown stains.

EGGS-eptional work, scientist!  These EGG-speriments are definitely not over-easy!  Your child will be able to whisk right through the science of the wonderful egg.  Hopefully, these tests didn’t scramble your brain too much and you were able to have some fun learning about the incredible, edible egg.

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