What you need:
- 3 Fresh eggs (raw)
- 3 Zip-top baggies
- Protective materials, such as cotton balls, plastic grocery bags, squares of bubble wrap, sheets of newspaper, paper towels
What to do:
- Put each egg in its own baggie.
- Ask your child to choose exactly six items to protect each egg. For instance, she could choose four handfuls of cotton balls, one plastic grocery bag, and one paper towel.
- Make predictions about which combination of materials is most and least likely to protect the egg. Record these hypotheses.
- Place the protective materials in the baggie with the egg and seal the top. Drop each baggie from an equal height.
- Were your child's hypotheses or predictions confirmed or not? What combinations of materials were most effective at preventing eggs from cracking?
- If interested, test additional combinations of materials. For an extra challenge, your child could even try placing two eggs in a single bag.