We’ve been having fun with recycled materials and a few days ago when I heard my son say “I’m bored!” I replied with “Want to throw some eggs off the porch?” He’s 5 so of course, he said yes! I told him there was one rule. We had to make an escape pod to protect the egg from cracking. This is a classic egg drop science project but my bet is your kids have never seen it so go grab some eggs, and your recycle bin and experiment!
- Gather your materials. We rummaged through our recycle bin, my art closet and playroom. This is what we decided we might use. Immediately there was the talk of a parachute. A treat box was used as a possible parachute. We used bubble wrap, an egg carton, some tape, cotton balls, party streamers and yarn. However, use what you have that’s the whole idea, to use what you have to make something useful to protect the egg.
- First, he lined the carton (that we cut in half) with cotton balls and bubble wrap and added strips of party streamers.
- Then we poked holes in the treat box to make a parachute and threaded yarn through.
- Tied it onto the carton.
- Added the egg. Closed it up and used a little tape too.
- Then we trekked out to the porch and …. wait! First, we made predictions. My son predicted it would be OK. I said it would crack. Then he dropped it.
- It didn’t crack!
- “Let’s do it ’til it cracks!” OK!
- 2nd time it hit the flower box … as soon as it did my son said: “I bet that made it crack!”
- He was right. I asked him to explain why it would make it crack but the ground wouldn’t. He explained it simply but logically. “The parachute didn’t have time to help yet and it hit hard.”
The Egg Drop Science Project wasn’t a planned activity but it was a blast. It would be so fun in a class to keep throwing them until only one survives!
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