Ghost Eggs Experiement

August 23, 2019
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Today, we put a fun twist on one of our favorite science experiments and made GHOST EGGS!
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My girls were in awe by this egg experiment and honestly, so was I!  Read on to see how you can WOW your family with this simple twist of science.

How to Make Ghost Eggs

Materials
Note:  You can use these flashlights or a blacklight fixture.  My kids love using the flashlights!

Method
  • Begin by carefully placing the desired amount of eggs in a jar.
  • You can make one ghost egg or try this experiment with many eggs at a time.
  • Fill the jar with roughly equal parts of tonic water and vinegar being sure to fully submerge the eggs.  
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  • I used more vinegar than tonic water to ensure that the desired results would be achieved, but I don't think that it matters too much.
Now, it is time to observe.

The Ghost Egg Experiment

Have kids watch the jar over the next few days and record any changes. What do they think is happening inside the jar? Record their predictions.
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  • After roughly 48 hours have kids remove the eggs from the jar.
What they will discover are shell-less, ghostly eggs that GLOW!
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So cool, right? 
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But why?  
Why does the shell disintegrate from the egg, and why do the eggs glow?  The answers are in the science!

What happens to the shell?
  • The shell literally disappears!  
  • The eggs don't look translucent.  They are translucent!  
  • The vinegar completely dissolves the eggshells, leaving only a ghostly membrane behind.
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Why does the shell disappear?
The acidity in the vinegar breaks down the outer shell of the egg, but it leaves the eggshell membrane in tact.  To read a full scientific explanation on why the vinegar dissolves the shell of the egg go here.

Why do the eggs glow?
Tonic water is the secret ingredient that gives these eggs their glow, but why?  Read more on the science behind how that works here.
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My kids were in awe by this experiment and thought the GHOST EGGS were the coolest!  Get your littles excited about science, and give this magical experiment a try!

Extend the Fun
Can you make rainbow eggs glow?  Give the rainbow egg experiment a try using neon paint and find out!

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Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!