Having Fun With Eggs
Why not have some fun this Easter and use real eggs as a starting point for some exciting and messy learning. All you will need is a box of eggs!
Encourage you children to become scientists as they experiment with and explore the different properties of eggs. Providing them with a white shirt, goggle/glasses, magnifying glasses, note pads and labels will add to the excitement.
Remind them that a scientist is someone who:
- Asks questions
- Observes carefully
- Wonders about what they see and find out
- Carries out experiments
- Shares their ideas and discoveries
All the following activities will help your children:
- Make important connections across the curriculum
- Build, use and apply their knowledge
- Extend their use of vocabulary.
EGGS – PLORE
Give your children a raw and a hard boiled egg that are still in their shells.
Ask them to look very carefully at the egg shells.
What do they notice? Are they the same on both eggs? Why do eggs have shells? What is their job?
Crack open both eggs and talk about what is inside thinking and talking about what’s the same and what’s different.
See if your children can break open an egg without breaking the yolk?
Can they open their egg over a bowl without getting any shell in the bowl?
Challenge them to break open an egg with one hand like a professional chef?
EGGS – AMINE
Give your children a selection of raw and hard boiled eggs.
Let your children examine them carefully to see if they can identify which are raw and which are hard boiled.
Encourage them to handle them by weighing, tapping, shaking, and also spinning ( a raw egg will always spin for longer because the liquid inside keeps moving which keeps the egg spinning).
EGGS – POSED
Carry out this experiment and find out what happens to an egg’s shell when you put it in vinegar.
Place a raw or a hard boiled egg in a jar with a cup of vinegar.
Encourage your children to look really carefully to see what happens (they should see bubbles appearing as a chemical reaction takes place).
Encourage them to carefully feel the shell when it is inside the vinegar and then take it out and leave it in the fresh air and compare what the shell feels like now? (once its left in the air the shell will go hard again!).
Encourage them to use as much descriptive vocabulary as they can and to record the experiment so that they can share their ideas and discoveries with others.
There are so many different ways to cook with eggs. Why not have an egg tasting session by cooking the eggs so that they are scrambled, poached, fried and the whites beaten to make meringues.
Encourage your children to use their physical skills to beat and crack the eggs.
Encourage them to notice and talk about the changes as they prepare the eggs and then cook them.
Promote the use of descriptive vocabulary as they taste the eggs and decide which is their favourite.