I had been wanting to try the bouncing and transparent egg experiments since The Chocolate Muffin Tree shared them around this time last year. Given that we just boiled eggs for Easter egg decorating, now was the perfect time!
Two Eggs- Two Experiments
Experiment One- The Transparent Egg Experiment
For the transparent egg experiment you will need one egg, a container with lid, and enough vinegar to completely cover the egg. Place the egg in the container, cover with vinegar and secure the lid. Allow to sit for 48 hours while making occasional observations.
After a few hours we observed the egg bubbling and flipping in the water
As the egg sits in the vinegar the shell breaks down. This result is due to a reaction similar to baking soda and vinegar. You can read more on the Science of the transparent egg experiment, but given the girls ages, we did this mostly just for fun.
After 48 hours pull the egg out of the vinegar. It should look something like this
Give it a quick rinse to reveal a completely shell-less and transparent egg
The egg has a thin membrane of a shell so you can gently squeeze it but be careful- the membrane can break.
Rosie was amazed by the results of the experiment!
A see through egg
Experiment #2- The Bouncing Egg Experiment
The bouncing egg experiment is done exactly like the transparent egg experiment only using a hard boiled egg. Let the egg sit for 48 hours and you will be left with a bouncing egg.
At a glance the egg looks like any other peeled hard boiled egg, but you can bounce it. Really, you can throw the egg and it will bounce- not as well as a bouncing ball but still very cool! Read more on the Science behind the bouncing egg experiment and then give it a try. With Easter right around the corner you are bound to have hard boiled eggs in the house after all.
You could go even further into the egg experiment like Mom to Posh Lil Divas and put one of each type of egg in water and one in vinegar and compare the reactions. I think we will try that next time, when the girls are just a tad older.
Two Eggs- Two Experiments- LOTS of Fun!
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3 FUN Experiments with Ice Eggs!
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