For the past couple of weeks, we’ve been house-sitting In South Carolina. We’re taking care of three dogs, four cats, two sheep, one goat, and a ton of chickens. Life’s been crazy, but fun. We love taking care of every one of these animals. The only problem for us is chickens tend to produce a butt load of eggs, and we don’t eat eggs. We’re a plant-based family.
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So we needed to figure out something to do with all these eggs we had to collect on a daily bases. We thought about giving them away to people, but figured they might think it’s weird having someone knock on their door to give them free eggs. So, we decided we would try a few science experiments. We’ve wanted to complete of few of these experiments for years now, some we’ve done before and the rest we recently discovered.
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When I hear the words, naked egg, I can imagine an egg with arms legs, and a face, running around in its underwear. Silly, I know, but it seems to fit the name, right?
This egg, however, doesn’t grow legs and arms. It loses its shell. Our kids have always loved doing it, so we’re glad we had the opportunity to try it again.
Fill a cup with vinegar and put the egg inside the cup for 24 hours. You’ll discover a naked egg.
Colored Naked Egg
The kids have named this particular project the Dinosaur egg because the results make the egg look pre-historic.
It’s simple but can get messy! You may want to place a baking sheet underneath your set-up or experiment outdoors.
We thought we bombed this egg experiment. We messed up on several occasions. We used a glue stick in place of liquid glue, forgot to dissolve the Alum powder before adding the coloring, and we weren’t sure if we even had the right kind of alum.
Despite all of our mishaps, however, they turned out beautifully!
1) Poke a hole with a thumbtack on each end of your egg. Be sure to make one hole slightly bigger than the other.
2) Blow into the smaller hole to push out the inside of the egg.
3) Continue to poke holes around the whole egg until it is split in half.
4) Wipeout both sides
5) Rub glue on the inner side of each half and sprinkle with Alum Powder.
6) Dissolve 6 tablespoons of alum powder into 1 cup of water.
7) Drop a few drops of food coloring into your water and submerge the egg into the water.
8) Let the egg sit for 24-36 hours.
9) Let dry, and you’ll see beautiful homegrown crystals.
We didn’t find this experiment as fun as the Naked egg, but we still suggest giving it a try.
1) Poke a hole with a thumbtack on each end of the egg. I would suggest making one hole slightly bigger than the other.
2) Blow into the smaller hole to push out the inside contents of the egg.
3) Place the egg into a cup of vinegar and let sit for 24 hours. You’ll need to place an object on top of the egg to hold it down into the vinegar.
4) Wait 24 hours to get your results.
This one is easy, especially if you have already completed the Naked egg experiment. You take the naked egg and place in inside a cup of corn syrup for 24 hours. When you take it out, I think you’ll be surprised.
I remember hearing about this project while in high school. I never had the chance to complete it, but it sounded like a blast, and I would have loved to give it a try.
If you’re unfamiliar with this project, it’s where kids attempt to build a contraption that will protect their egg from breaking when dropping onto a hard surface from a significant height.
We decided to give the kids a 5-minute time limit to collect their supplys along with 5 minutes to build their contraption.
This experiment is simple. You take one boiled egg and one raw egg and compare the way they spin.
Egg In A Bottle
We bombed this one completely! I think we had the wrong type of jar. The directions were to boil an egg, light a piece of paper on fire, place the paper in a jar/bottle, and quickly place the egg on top.
If completed properly, the egg will get sucked into the bottle.
Hopefully, it works for you better than it did for us!
My personal favorite! You sprinkle a pile of salt on a table and sit your egg right-side-up on the salt pile, Now, blow away the access salt, it will seem as though it’s balancing on its own.
I’ve always heard eggs were strong, but geez, they are STRONG. To test their strength, the kids squeezed an egg in their hand, attempting to break it and failed.
Next, we placed a bottle cap onto the table with the egg right-side-up on the cap. We then balanced a ton of books on top until we couldn’t balance them any higher. The eggs still didn’t break. Our final attempt to break the eggs was by standing on a carton of them.
We should have had multiple cartons to walk along, but we only had one carton, so, we made do with what we had. The first person we had step onto the eggs was Mackenzie, she balanced on one foot while standing on them, and they didn’t break.
Next up was Xavier. When he stepped onto the eggs, a couple cracked. I don’t believe they would have, however, if we would have put a book of some sort underneath his feet to distribute the weight evenly.
That’s all of the experiments that I could think of, if you know of any more, we’d love to hear about them in the comments below.
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