Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Walking on Eggshells

What an egg-citing experiment for our TTh 3 y/o class!  We are learning a lot about birds.  Last Thursday, we learned eggs are strong because of the shape.  How strong? We'll tell you how strong. 

I am a big of fan of Steve Spangler.  I first saw Steve do some amazing experiments and demonstrations on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show and have been a big  fan ever since (Steve and Ellen but for this situation Steve :-) 

I saw this experiment with eggs and adapted it for our 3 y/o bird unit.  First, we created a 'tree' (a large disposable plastic tablecloth). What does the tree need?  A nest!  All students were given pieces of brown paper bags and we made a giant 'nest'.  What does the nest need?  Eggs, of course!  So Mama Bird went to the frig and brought over some eggs. 
After our first experiment, the children understand how strong an egg is so I had no trouble getting volunteers to 'sit' on the eggs.  Mrs. B stood by with loads of paper towels and warm sudsy water. 
We asked for volunteers and most of the children were eager to try.  We only had two eggs crack. You can try this at home and  be amazed.  This is our first attempt at this experiment and I was amazed, excited and thrilled with the results.

Steve Spangeler Science---www.stevespanglerscience.com

Walking on Eggs Experiment---http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/walking-on-eggshells
Grab some eggs and grab some science fun with your child.

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