Here’s an easy and fun experiment to do using simply hard-boiled eggs. Regular chicken eggs will do nicely, but I found these really cool Ostrich and Emu eggs from the Saveur Instragram that are sold at Whole Foods somewhere!
Ostrich and Emu Eggs Sold at Whole Foods Market (not mine though!)
You can give your child cardboard, paper, clear tape, scissors but my son just ransacked the kitchen drawer and that worked fine too!
This experiment is from Crazy for Science with Carmelo the Science Fellow by Carmelo Piazza and James Buckley Jr, illustrated by Chad Geran.
Can You Make a Protective Device That Stops An Egg From Breaking?
Let’s take a page out of Carmelo’s book of experiments and Protect the Egg on page 14. Using a hard-boiled egg (or several), paper towels, tape, scissors, cardboard and string, build a Hard Boiled Egg Contraption that can fall from a table and survive intact. Learn from trial and error; if your egg gets cracked, don’t fret. Just try again!
My son used items found in the kitchen to design a contraption to protect his hard boiled egg: plastic wrap, aluminum foil, and clear tape.
This is his design:
The key to his design is the layering. Here’s some of the debris in removing his protective device:
Did it work? Yes! It did!
Here’s an egg without any protective device!
Carmelo’s book has many other fun science experiments to try at home!
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