Create a Protective Device for an Egg Experiment for Kids

Create a Protective Device for an Egg Experiment for Kids

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

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.Make a Protective Device That Stops An Egg From Breaking

This is his design:

Make a Protective Device That Stops An Egg From Breaking

The key to his design is the layering. Here’s some of the debris in removing his protective device:

Make a Protective Device That Stops An Egg From Breaking

Did it work? Yes! It did!

Make a Protective Device That Stops An Egg From Breaking

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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Create a Protective Device for an Egg Experiment for Kids

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

10 Comments

  1. Fascinating post! I did not realize that ostrich and emu eggs were so widely available.

  2. I remember a couple of my younger siblings doing this in school. So fun!
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  3. Amazing post. Didn’t realize you could do that with an egg. Loved the video.
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  4. We did something similar when my son was in about 5th grade. Ours was slightly different in that we used a raw egg and chose different edible materials to cushion it with – rice, breakfast cereal, slices of bread, etc. It was really a fun experiment to do. #FriendshipFriday
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  5. Ann

    I like the idea of using a hard boiled egg, less wasteful. Love those Ostrich and Emu eggs too!

    My daughter did an egg drop in her science enrichment and hers was the first to crack. She felt bad but I still think she had a great concept which was to submerge it in gel. Her execution was just off.
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