Egg Drop Experiment

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge

We’ve been having lots of fun with eggs around here, painting them, experimenting with them, and of course eating them! So, when Tinkerlab announced that their creative kids challenge was going to center around eggs I knew it was something the kids would love to take part in! Each family chooses an egg themed activity that is to be child led, so this morning I set out the materials and let the kids get to work designing their own containers to keep an egg safe while being dropped from a height.

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Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge I gathered all sorts of materials to give the kids a variety of options. We have pom poms, recyclables, scissors, marshmallows, puffed cereal, rubber bands, floam, fabric scraps, egg cartons, shoe boxes, glue sticks, plastic wrap, plastic sacks, crinkled paper, toilet paper rolls, string, feathers, and Stikits.

I stepped back and let them get to work designing their own egg safety vehicles! The only thing I did insist on was that the eggs needed to be in a plastic baggy in case of failure!

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge Gray grabbed a box and began dumping everything in! Once it was full he stuck his egg on top and taped the box shut.

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge Aurora went for the egg carton and filled it up with feathers before placing her egg inside.

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge

We set up a ladder in the living room to test out their creations. From a height of about five feet the boxes fell and then we opened them back up to inspect the contents…

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge Splat went the eggs! We talked about possible problems with the construction, like the fact that Gray put his egg on top of the box instead of in the middle so it wasn’t protected on top. Aurora learned that feathers weren’t the best at absorbing the shock of the fall. So, it was back to the drawing board!

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge This time, Gray went for the pom poms. He filled a plastic container with them, then his egg, and topped it off with marshmallows!

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge Aurora decided to give the shoe box a try, she filled it to the brim with crinkled paper and then wrapped her egg in floam before placing it inside. We were ready for the second drop!

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge

Down they fell! Upon inspection we found two perfectly unharmed eggs!

Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge Child led egg drop experiment by Life Lesson Plans, part of the #creativekidschallenge Success! They were so proud of themselves, and I was too! It was a great child led experiment to practice trial and error and learn a few physics concepts along the way! I tried to apply what we’d learned to other life experiences. We discussed why it’s important to always sit in a car seat because it helps absorb the shock in an accident and it keeps kids safe much like the soft materials protected the egg. Besides absorbing the impact of the collision, another way to survive is to fall slower. We didn’t build one, but the concept of a parachute would be a great tie in to this lesson!

This was a great experiment for my preschoolers to tackle on their own, they learned quite a bit and felt really confident as they figured things out through trial and error, they were thrilled when they succeeded on their own!

For more fun kids experiments, be sure to check out my STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) board on Pinterest! And, pop over to Tinkerlab to see some of the other child led egg activities that bloggers have been putting together this month!

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16 thoughts on “Egg Drop Experiment

  1. What a gorgeous post, Brigette! Not only are your photos beautiful, but seeing you kids in action is very inspiring. I’m wondering why I haven’t tried this with my kids yet, and you’ve given me lots of new ideas. Thank you!
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    • Thank you so much, we loved your egg challenge! I will definitely be keeping an eye out for future ones to participate in, so thanks for putting it together!

  2. You are so smart for putting the egg in the ziploc bags. I was wondering about how to contain that inevitable mess. Now I definitely want to set this up for my girls to explore!! Awesome idea :)

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