It’s EGG WEEK on Tinkerlab and The Chocolate Muffin Tree. Melissa and I have come together to bring you a full week of egg activities and experiments that are easy enough to do today or good for bookmarking for a rainy spring day.
When I saw this post about Walking on Eggs on Steve Spangler Science, I knew this was something my kids and I would enjoy. So I pinned it, and along with the pin I asked if anyone would try this themselves.
I was floored by the number responses which ranged from “Do you know how much eggs cost?” to “That looks like a lot of fun!” What do you think? Would you try this?
My husband went grocery shopping the other day, took a look at my list, and said, “What? Do you really need 6 dozen eggs?” I explained that yes, I really did need that many, but being an omelette/pancake/crepe-loving family, we’d be sure to eat every single one that wasn’t a science project casualty.
As you’re getting ready for Passover or Easter, when you might actually have reason to buy 6 dozen eggs, keep this project in the back of your mind as a fun egg-stension into the sciences. This experiment fosters curiosity (what will happen if we walk on raw eggs?) and problem-solving skills (what’s the best way to walk on them so they don’t crack?), and would be appropriate for anyone older than three (although our 1.5-year old played with us and is still talking about it).
She wasn’t so sure about this. Understandable. She’s a pretty smart kid.
The directions I read suggested walking on the shells barefoot. Presumably if you crack an egg and get egg guts all over your foot, it’s easier to clean. But 3-year old N insisted on keeping her socks on, and I respect that.
I showed N how to walk on the eggs with a flat foot, which helps distribute the pressure and keeps the eggs from cracking. If you place extra pressure or force on your heels or toes, an egg is bound to crack.
We had the added benefit of using egg cartons with extra-high chipboard separators, which I think absorbed some of the pressure. I hadn’t even thought about getting specific kinds of egg cartons, and I wonder if the carton could make a difference.
N did crack a couple eggs, and complained when her sock was full of goo, but overall it was a cool experiment.
Of course, my one year old wanted to join the fun too. To make this work for her, I held her hands and a lot of her weight so she could take a stroll over the eggs. After Nutmeg cracked an egg with her heel, Rainbow kept saying “crack. egg. foot. trash.” And it made me wonder how an experience like this might affect her interpretation of the world.
So, would you try this experiment with your kids?
Be sure to check out The Chocolate Muffin Tree for their EGG WEEK post.
If you have a favorite egg experiment, activity, or post, please feel free to share it in a comment.