Did you know you can make raw eggs bounce? You can, and we had so much fun creating our bouncing eggs. We love science experiments over here at Create Laugh Learn, and this experiment sure did not disappoint! My daughter has already observed that we have more eggs left over, and need to make them bouncy too.
- Six glass jars.
- Large bottle of vinegar, you need about two cups per jar, or enough to cover each egg.
- Six eggs
- Food coloring, or liquid watercolors
- A strainer
- A large bowl, or dish pan
- A shallow bucket, large serving platter, or some kind of flat surface to gently bounce the eggs on.
- Grab six glass jars. We used spaghetti sauce jars, because we seem to always have an abundance of those in our house.
- Fill each jar with about 4 inches of vinegar. You need enough vinegar to fully cover your egg.
- Put a few drops of food coloring, or liquid watercolors into each jar. My daughter loved stirring the colors! This step gives kids an opportunity to be involved, and feel like they are a part of the experiment.
- Tilt each jar gently to the side, and carefully place one egg to each jar. If the vinegar isn’t fully covering each egg, then go ahead and add a little more vinegar.
- Let your child observe the eggs, and the way they look now, so they can see the difference between the eggs at the beginning, and the end of the experiment. My daughter was really into her observations. Anytime she can smell things, she takes full advantage of the opportunity. I am not a fan of the smell of vinegar, but it’s all in the name of science, so I say, ” Sniff on!”
- Let the jars sit undisturbed for 24 hours. I put the jars in a place where my daughter couldn’t reach them but could still see. She wanted to observe them every few hours! After a few hours you will start to see some “gunk” floating at the surface, that’s the egg-shell starting to dissolve!
- After 24 hours, let your child observe how the eggs look inside the jar. My daughter was talking all about the way the shells looked different. I’d already told her what was supposed to happen, so she knew what to look for. She is only two and a half, so I like to tell her the purpose of an experiment ahead of time to get her excited. She also had to sniff the jars, yes, they still smell like vinegar! 😁
- Then grab a bucket, large bowl, or dish pan, and gently pour each jar into a strainer, until your egg slides out of the jar.
- Observe how the eggs look up close. Talk about how the vinegar dissolved the outer layer of the egg shells, as you carefully wipe away any extra gunk that is still on the egg. Some of the eggs had no outer shell left on them, this blue one, had a thin layer in some places, that was easily rubbed off. I had a large measuring cup of water nearby to gently rinse of any extra residue.
- After you are done cleaning off all of your eggs, clear your work space, and get a shallow bucket. We used a large serving tray. You want to make sure you use something that has edges, and make sure you bounce the eggs gently. I made the mistake of bouncing an egg too enthusiastically, and letting it jump over the edge of the serving tray, and off of the table. The egg splattered all over the floor, and I had to stop, and clean it up. I imagine if you bounce the eggs with no barriers to contain them, it could get a little chaotic.
- Have fun bouncing your eggs! This is the best part, but don’t get to excited, or your eggs will bust. It was hard to get a picture of the bouncing eggs, but you can see all the fun in the video I posted at the beginning of this post. You can have a lot of fun bouncing your eggs from a height of a few inches, there is no need to drop them from great heights to get a good bounce!
- Once you’ve had your fun bouncing your eggs, you can use a tooth pick, or skewer to poke the eggs, and let your child see that the eggs are still raw. You can even see that the whites of the eggs turned colors too! My daughter had a lot of fun busting the eggs open, and then scrambling the yolks with the skewer.
- Clean up time! Make sure you use thoroughly clean everything that comes in contact with the eggs. Wash everybody’s hands right away, and spray, and wipe all work surfaces! Remember, these eggs are still raw eggs, and you don’t want anybody getting sick.
Go grab your eggs, and vinegar! You should definitely let your kids try this “eggciting” experiment. Do you have any amazing science experiments that your children love to do? I would love to try more experiments with Little C. We are always on the look out for more fun learning experiences. Drop a comment below, and don’t forget to pin, and share this post, so you can easily find it when you are ready to try this experiment for yourself. In the mean time, have a look at more of our fun experiments.