With all our Easter Fun over the past weekend, try an egg and candy experiment today.
You will need 1 raw egg, some vinegar and a jar.
- Place an egg in a jar and cover it with vinegar. (Add color to the vinegar for colored rubber eggs too)
- Wait 24 hours, then drain and refill the jar with vinegar. Set aside and wait for 7 days. Notice the bubbles on the eggshell? This is the acid in the vinegar reacting to the calcium carbonate in the egg shell. This reaction produces a gas called Carbon Dioxide.
- After 7 days, remove the egg and rinse it off. You may need to remove a brown layer of scum from the egg. It will easily wash away. The Hard outer shell is gone and the egg white and yolk are surrounded by a thin membrane.
- Observe the egg: What does it feel like? What does it smell like? What does it look like? (Be careful because the egg can still break open)
- Take a flash light and shine it thru the egg…can you see the egg yolk?
- How high will the egg bounce? Try dropping the egg from various heights.
- After you are all done with your observations, try breaking the egg to see what is inside?
Another fun experiment to try after Easter is a Skittles Candy Experiment.
You will need a white plate or bowl, some Skittles, and water
1. Arrange the Skittles on your plate/bowl in a pattern placed in a circle on the outer edge of the plate/bowl.
2. Gently begin pouring water in the center of the plate/bowl until the water reaches the Skittles and barely covers them.
3. Observe what happens to the Skittles over time. Give your child a chance to see, smell and listen to what is happening. Talk about what is happening.
4. Have your child color a picture of the plate/bowl with Skittles to record the results.
5. To further the fun try different types of candy like M & M’s or jelly beans. Try using cold and warm water. Try using different liquids.
Have fun with Science!