Fun and Easy Egg Experiments for Kids

Updated on June 14, 2016

Egg-celent Experiments

There are many easy and fun experiments that can be done with eggs. These are great to do with kids of all ages at home or at school. Most of the materials are probably already in your kitchen.

You can suck an egg into a bottle, make a bouncing egg, tell whether an is raw or boiled, make an egg float, and even hold books with egg shells.  So grab a carton of eggs and try some egg-tremely cool science experiments.

Spinning Eggs

The boiled egg spins faster than the raw egg.
The boiled egg spins faster than the raw egg.

Spinning Around

Materials:

1 hard-boiled egg

1 raw egg

Ever wondered how you can tell the difference between a hard-boiled egg and a raw egg? Just spin them to figure it out. Place a hard-boiled egg and a raw egg on the table. Spin each of them and observe what happens. The boiled egg will spin faster. The raw egg will spin slowly. The reason for this has to do with the insides. The boiled egg is one solid piece. Therefore the whole egg spins in the same direction. The raw egg has liquid inside which moves separately from the shell. The movement of the inside of the raw egg keeps the whole egg from spinning quickly.

Observe what happens when you try to stop the spinning of the eggs. Spin the eggs and then put your finger on them to stop them. The boiled egg should stop immediately. The raw egg will keep spinning for a moment because the liquid inside the egg will keep moving.

Egg and Salt Experiment

The egg in salt floats to the top while the egg in normal water sinks to the bottom.
The egg in salt floats to the top while the egg in normal water sinks to the bottom.

To Sink or to Float

Materials:

Salt

Tablespoon

2 clear glasses

Warm water

2 raw eggs

Will an egg sink or float in normal water? What effect will salt have? Place the two glasses of warm water on a table. Add about 10 heaping tablespoons of salt to one of the glasses and stir until the salt is dissolved in the water.

Place an egg in each glass and observe what happens. The egg in the normal water will sink to the bottom while the egg in the salt water will float to the top.

Expand on the experiment by mixing the two types of water. Remove the eggs from the glasses. Empty about half of the salt water. Then pour the plain water into the salt water cup up to the amount the glass had before. Place the egg in the cup. The egg will float in the middle of the cup.

Make the egg rise to the top again by removing the normal water. With the egg still in the glass, begin slowly removing the water a spoonful at a time. The egg will rise higher and higher as each spoonful is removed.

The egg floats in salt water because of density. Salt water is denser than the egg thereby causing the egg to rise to the top. The egg is denser than normal water, though, which is why it sinks to the bottom when in the cup of normal water.

Egg in the Bottle

Egg being sucked into the bottle.
Egg being sucked into the bottle.

Egg in the Bottle Experiment with a Twist

Suck It In

Materials:

Glass bottle or jar with a narrow opening

Matches

Newspaper

Hard-boiled, peeled egg

In this experiment, the egg will be sucked into the bottle. First, sit the egg in the mouth of the bottle. The egg should sit in the opening without falling in. Now move the egg away and light the piece of newspaper and drop it into the bottle. Quickly place the egg over the opening of the bottle with the narrow part of the egg pointing down into the bottle.

As you watch, the egg will get sucked down into the bottle. Now try to get the egg back out of the bottle. It won’t be able to go back through the opening without breaking apart.

The egg gets sucked into the bottle because the fire causes the air pressure inside the bottle to become less than the air outside. The air on the outside of the bottle is greater than the air in the bottle, so the egg gets sucked in. The egg won’t come back out of the bottle easily because the pressures have stabilized and there is no force acting on the egg.

For a cool trick to get the egg back out of the bottle, check out Steve Spangler Science.

The Strength of Eggshells

Eggshells supporting books.
Eggshells supporting books.

Weight Lifting

Materials:

3 Raw eggs

Newspaper

A Stack of books

Knife

Paper towels or cleaning cloths

Before beginning the experiment predict how many books the eggs will support before breaking. Unfold the sheets of newspaper and lay several sheets flat on a table or countertop. Position two of the eggs in the middle of the newspaper so that they are a few inches apart. Now lay one of the books on top of the eggs. Keep placing books on top of the eggs until the eggs crack.

Now gently crack the remaining egg with the knife so that the egg is in two nearly-equal parts. Clean the yolk out of the shell halves. Spread clean newspaper on the tabletop. Lay the egg halves in the middle of the newspaper a few inches apart. Now lay a book on top of the eggs. Keep placing books on top of the eggs until the shells crack.

Did the eggshells support more weight than you had predicted? The curved shape of eggshells distributes the weight of the book over the entire egg so it is able to support more weight than a single point could.

Walking on eggs
Walking on eggs

Walking on Eggs

Materials:

Large carton of eggs

You can give the eggshells a true test of strength by walking on them. The principle is the same as walking on a bed of nails. The weight is distributed enough that the eggs won't break easily.

The experiment should be done somewhere that will be easy to clean in cases of breaks. Bare feet are also best so socks and shoes won't get egg on them either.

Just open up the carton and have the kids step up on the eggs. If you have more than one carton of eggs, put them together and the kids can walk back and forth.

The eggs will hold the weight of a child, but will break with the full weight of an adult. You can experiment to see how much weight the eggs will hold before breaking.

Bouncy Egg Experiment

Rubbery Eggs

This egg is naked!  It's shell is gone.
This egg is naked! It's shell is gone.

Bouncing Around

Materials:

Egg

Cup

White vinegar

Place the egg into the cup. Pour vinegar into the cup so that the egg is completely submerged. Let the egg soak in the vinegar for 2 to 3 days. Remove the egg from the cup. Check to make sure the shell has completely dissolved. The egg should feel leathery. Wash the egg with water. Let the egg dry completely for a day or two.

When the egg is dry you can bounce the egg. It will bounce about a foot without breaking. Test to see how high you can bounce it before it breaks. You could also test whether the surface you bounce the egg on effects how high it can bounce.

The egg bounces like a ball because the acidic quality of vinegar dissolves the shell of the egg. You can try to trick your friends and family by “dropping” the egg.

The Age Old Question

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

See results

Soft Shell

Materials:

Pin

Egg

Cup

Soda (Any brand, but must be regular and not diet)

Gently use the pin to poke a hole in the top and the bottom of the egg without breaking the shell. Blow the insides of the egg out through one of the holes. If yolk won’t come out, gently make the hole bigger.

Fill the cup with the sugary soda. Place the eggshell into the cup and leave it overnight. Have the kids predict what will happen to the shell. Check on the egg the following day. The shell will be soft. Expand on the experiment by asking what soda can do to other things like teeth.

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        ben 

        7 months ago

        im allergic to eggs but i know my friend jerry will live these

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        Dave 

        18 months ago

        I just did this today, what a mess!

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        any 

        2 years ago

        they are good ideas

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        Ajay 

        2 years ago

        Very nice

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        jareth 

        3 years ago

        So cool

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        irshana 

        3 years ago

        Superb egg experiments

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        ayesha sana 

        4 years ago

        OH ,Awesume i like all the experiments ,Because LIQUID EGG is awesume

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        SHAHZADI SANA 

        4 years ago

        OH MY GOD . I don,t know these experiments but now i know what to do this . I am a first lover of experiments . Yaar tusi great ho .

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        sara sana rawalpindi 

        4 years ago

        These experiments are great . I love experiments mostly these . I most like the experiment bouncing around . I hope that everyone like these experiments . great

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        sara sana 

        4 years ago

        These experiments are very very important .And i also like these experi

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        Mackenzie Sage Wright 

        4 years ago

        These are awesome, my kid will love some of these. Got to try them. It's always fun to do kitchen experiments, you n ever know what you'll learn. Great hub, voted up.

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        Sarah Forester 

        4 years ago from Australia

        Love the Hub! I did a few of these back when I was in school, always loved Science.

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        Hendrika 

        4 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

        Thank you for these interesting experiments, my granddaughter will love them when we do it. Amazing what you can do with eggs. Some I knew but some I have not seen done yet.

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        5 years ago from Far, far away

        Francis - Each experiment has different results. You should be able to read what happens toward the end of each description.

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        Francis 

        5 years ago

        What was your result of this experiment

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        5 years ago from Far, far away

        Jenni - It actually does have to do with air pressure. The vacuum created inside the bottle is less air pressure than the air outside the bottle. I updated my explanation so it is a bit more clear. Thanks.

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        Jenni 

        5 years ago

        Hi, some great content for my easter egg science blast thanks, just wanted to comment on your explanation as to why the egg gets sucked into the bottle after the newspaper burns. As the paper burns, oxygen is consumed, therefore creating a vacuum which sucks the egg inside, rather than anything to do with air pressure. If the air inside were seeking a release, the pressure would rather force the egg out of the top, not suck it in! Thanks for the great ideas.

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        chitra 

        5 years ago

        nice experiments

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        5 years ago from Far, far away

        james purgason - The naked egg is a fun experiment and is pretty easy to do. Check out stevespanglerscience.com for ideas on using it for a science fair project.

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        james purgason 

        5 years ago

        has anyone in the science fair ever do the naked egg

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        james purgason 

        5 years ago

        i will have fun with it i'm james and i'm in 5th grade

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        james purgason 

        5 years ago

        the naked egg is a cool science project and yes i am in 5th grade

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        james 

        5 years ago

        the naked egg is cool

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        lily - :)

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        lily 

        6 years ago

        that good

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        Thanks for the egg-celent comments everyone! Have fun with your eggs!

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        Robin Grosswirth 

        6 years ago from New York

        This is "egg-ceptional!" I really enjoyed reading about these experiments. Learning should always be fun.

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        asdasdasdasdasd 

        6 years ago

        Egg-Selent Things You Can Do With Eggs

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        kiewkilw 

        6 years ago from Bangkok,Thailand

        Besides we have several delicious menu from the egg we can also have fun with egg experiments! So cool i would say. Thank you :)

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        crystal10200 - Eggs are pretty amazing. And they are stronger than most people think.

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        crystal10200 

        6 years ago

        its really cool how u can make an egg bounce without it breaking

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        Chlarrey Lustre - Eggs are multipurpose objects! Thanks!

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        Chlarrey Lustre 

        6 years ago from Africa

        Hmmm...and I thought eggs were only meant to be eaten. lovely!

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        Jboz - Hope they have an "eggstremely" good time playing around with the rubbery eggs. Love your pun. Thanks!

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        Jboz 

        6 years ago

        My kids were "eggstatic" when the saw the rubbery egg that the could bounce, thanks for these :)

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        alexia cole - Glad you found it interesting. :)

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        alexia cole 

        6 years ago

        this is sooooooooooooooooooooooo cool

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        shermaine - Way to go! I'm glad you figured it out.

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        shermaine 

        6 years ago

        COOL!i tried the egg in salt water experiment all by myself without this website but failed.So when i searched this,guess what!i did it!

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        jake from state farm 

        6 years ago

        sweet

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        mr.awesome person - Experiments are fun!

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        mr.awesome person 

        6 years ago

        awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        wayseeker - Thanks! It's definitely a good idea to keep kids busy (and using their brains) during the summer.

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        wayseeker 

        6 years ago from Colorado

        Massively fun stuff for kids! I love all these little experiment hubs. I now have some thing to work my way through this summer while the kids are off. Great ideas!

        wayseeker

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        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        Courtney - You can definitely use this as a science fair project. I don't know what the criteria he needs to use are exactly, but in science fairs they usually look for variables in the experiment. He could also test a couple of different ways of trying to see inside the egg. For instance, trying a couple of different types of vinegar to see if it makes a difference or using another type of ingredient or chemical to see if the shell dissolves as well. Steve Spangler science has some great ideas with this experiment and how to use it for a science fair: http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/nak...

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        Courtney 

        6 years ago

        So thinking of trying the "naked egg" experiment with my son for his science fair project at school. Do you think that this would be possible? We have to use the scientific method for ther project. Was thinking his question could be something along the lines of "How can you see what's inside an egg shell without breaking it" Then he could research what the shells are made of and so on and so forth. So what say you... yay or nay? Thanks for any input!!

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        Ice - You're welcome and have fun!

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        Ice 

        6 years ago

        Cool thanks cocopreme for th experiment

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        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        ama - sometimes gross things can be fun.

        magic - Exactly. No need for negativity.

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        magic 

        6 years ago

        @Ama

        That's rude! If you don't have anything to say don't say anything at all!

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        ama 

        6 years ago

        that's is plain old nasty never do this is just massted up

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        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        mikaere - Thank you for egg-celent comment!

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        mikaere 

        6 years ago

        good staff its egg-citing

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        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        abby - Eggs can be very fun to experiment with.

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        abby 

        6 years ago

        Coooooool project

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        Thanks for the great marks!

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        egg comment 

        6 years ago

        wow! your experiment was amazing full mark is 100 your point is 100 congratulations!

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        Candace Bacon 

        6 years ago from Far, far away

        Thank you everyone for the comments. Hope you find these experiments egg-citing!

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        brennawelker 

        6 years ago

        Great hub!I will surely introduce this to my kids. Very entertaining and fun! Thanks for sharing.

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        Victoria 

        6 years ago

        Wow! I tried some of them!!! Coooooool!!!!;0 ;)

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        jack-o-lantern 

        6 years ago

        your website is the BEST

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        jyotsna 

        6 years ago

        really good

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        Pie boy 

        6 years ago

        Egg-cellent!

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        kasanny 

        7 years ago

        hi

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        tunerblog 

        7 years ago from Bangladesh

        Nice experiment. . . .

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        Sophie 

        7 years ago

        I'm thinking about maybe doing one of these "eggsperiments" (: really kewl

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        HI 

        7 years ago

        goooooooooooo EGGS!

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        sophie 

        7 years ago

        awesome!

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        nia 

        7 years ago

        i did some of those

        there good

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        Candace Bacon 

        7 years ago from Far, far away

        Eggs really are amazing. The shells are stronger than you would think, which is important for the embryo. The properties of eggs are neat as well.

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        timonweller 

        7 years ago

        I remember doing some of these egg tricks in primary school, its amazing what an egg can do and handle.

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        carolinemoon 

        7 years ago

        Great Experiments.

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        brit 

        7 years ago

        great eggsperiments

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        Emma 

        7 years ago from Houston TX

        Informative hub,thanks for sharing.

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        7 years ago from Far, far away

        PaperNotes - Eggs are marvelous things. Tasty and fun to play with also.

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        PaperNotes 

        7 years ago

        Fascinating, isn't it? I mean an egg seems like a very simple stuff yet it can serve many functions for us.

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        Team A 

        7 years ago

        Good stuff! That can be a good family activity for the kids. Thanks.

      • cocopreme profile imageAUTHOR

        Candace Bacon 

        8 years ago from Far, far away

        Thanks everyone!

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        winshelle 

        8 years ago

        cool egg experiment

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        duke 

        8 years ago

        cool exeriment

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        Candace Bacon 

        8 years ago from Far, far away

        Thanks! Your puns "cracked" me up!

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        tom hellert 

        8 years ago from home

        I was eggstremelyy impressed by your bad pun- You get a thumbs up for bad punnery- My fav egg-speriment ( heheha)

        is spin a raw and boiled egg then gently stop them the raw egg will continue to spin due to the cyntrifugal yolk force- Eggcellent Hub

        *snicker*

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