9 Egg-cellent Experiments And Tricks Using Eggs
Eggs are pretty standard ingredients that everyone has in the kitchen, and since they're such a part of daily life, you probably don't even think twice about cracking one open and getting breakfast started. But as it turns out, the egg is full of surprises! These 9 egg-cellent eggs-periments will show you fun & easy ways to use eggs as the centerpiece of some fun tricks and science experiments. Learn how to make an egg jump, get it into and out of a glass bottle, find out how strong eggshells actually are, and much, much more! These experiments are perfect for curious kids, and make a great project for a chilly fall afternoon or a fun activity for a birthday party. Kids & adults alike will be impressed with how much the egg can do – once you break it out of its shell, of course!
1. The Jumping Egg
- 1 hard-boiled egg, peeled
- 2 egg cups
1.1 Peel a hard-boiled egg and place it upright in an egg cup. Place another egg cup in between you and the hard-boiled egg, then blow on the egg cup containing the egg. The air you blow on the egg will cause it to hop backwards into the other egg cup!
2. Boil Eggs Without Breaking The Shell
2.1 Oftentimes when you're boiling an egg, the shell will crack open and some of the egg whites will leak out. Believe it or not, if you prick the egg with a needle and cook it in boiling water, the shell won't crack. Eggs have a small air bubble located right underneath the shell that expands when it is cooked. The hole lets the air escape, keeping the eggshell intact.
3. Make An Egg Stand Up With Salt
3.1 If you want to make an egg magically stand up on its own, sprinkle some salt on a smooth surface, then place an egg on top. The salt crystals prop up the egg just enough so that it can stand up!
4. Make An Egg Stand Up On Its Own
4.1 Even more impressive than an egg standing up on a bit of salt is making an egg stand up all on its own! Shake a raw egg vigorously several times. In the process of shaking it, the film around the yolk will tear and the yolk will sink to the bottom of the egg, changing its center of gravity. Place it on the countertop and the egg will stand up for a short period of time.
5. Fit An Egg Into A Bottle
- hard-boiled egg, peeled
- glass bottle
- warm water
- cold water
5.1 Pour warm water into an empty glass bottle, then pour it out, making the glass bottle warm. Place the glass bottle in a bowl of cold water, then position a peeled hard-boiled egg upright on top of the bottle. The egg will slowly slip down into the bottle because the difference in temperature inside and outside of the bottle creates a vacuum that will slowly suck the egg down.
6. Get An Egg Out Of The Bottle
- hard-boiled egg, peeled
6.1 Once you've gotten the egg into the bottle, it might seem impossible to get it back out. But don't worry, that's possible too! Put the bottle up to your mouth and tip it back so that the egg rolls towards your mouth. Blow air into the opening of the bottle around the egg, put the bottle down, and the egg will slip back out all on its own. Blowing into the bottle creates additional pressure inside it, so when you take your mouth off of the neck of the bottle, the egg gets pushed out!
7. Peeling Hack For Hard-Boiled Eggs
7.1 Hard-boiled eggs are delicious, but they can be a pain to peel. Next time, use a spoon to help get the eggshell off by simply pushing it gently along the surface of the egg. The hard-boiled egg will stay whole, and you won't get frustrated spending a lot of time peeling off tiny pieces of the shell.
8. Test How Strong Eggshells Are
- transparent tape
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
8.1 Stick a piece of transparent tape around the center of 2 hard-boiled eggs and cut the eggs along the tape. Thanks to the tape, the edges of the eggshells will stay intact.
8.2 Scoop out the inside of the eggs with a spoon, then place 3 of the eggshell halves on a flat surface, forming a triangle. Stack several books on top of the shells. Weigh how much weight the eggshells can take without cracking – you'll be shocked to see that those tiny shells are able to hold up to 3 pounds! The secret to their strength comes from their shape. The curve of the eggshells distribute the pressure of the books over a large surface area, so they can hold a lot of weight without breaking.
9. Fun Fried Egg
- empty plastic bottle
- 3 eggs
- frying pan
9.1 Carefully heat the cap of a plastic bottle with a lighter, making sure to avoid burning the plastic. Use a toothpick to poke through the inside of the lid and push out a nozzle from softened plastic. Cut the tip off of the plastic nozzle to create an opening.
9.2 Crack 3 egg into a mixing bowl, then squeeze the empty plastic bottle and pull the egg yolks inside of it.
9.3 Heat up a frying pan on the stove and screw the plastic nozzle back onto the bottle. Squirt the egg yolks into the frying pan in a spiral shape.
9.4 Fill the plastic bottle with the egg whites and squirt them into the spaces left between the yolk. Let the eggs cook, and your fun fried egg is ready to be served!
Kids will be shocked and amazed by these egg experiments, and adults will have fun learning and teaching them. Who knew that eggs were so full of surprises?!