Egg Drop Challenge and Free Planning Printable

The egg drop challenge is one of my favorite science activities for kids! I love all the critical thinking involved in this science activity, but my favorite part is the excitement kids feel when taking part! 

Are you following our Science for Kids Pinterest board?

 

eggdrop

Have you heard of the Egg Drop Challenge? It’s such a fun way to incorporate critical thinking and problem solving into your home learning or classroom. 

Basically, the challenge is to create a container that will protect an egg from cracking or breaking from a high fall. You can make this as simple or complex as you want depending on the amount of time you have and the ages of kids you are working with. I love that this is such a rewarding experience for such a wide range of ages. And the kids always get super excited to do this project so get ready for lots of screams of delight!

(This is the perfect time of  year to do it too~ Although the challenge is usually done with raw eggs, you could still do it using some of the Easter eggs you never got around to eating or that you may have decorated with an inedible dye and don’t want to go to waste.)

IMG_0353

Materials for the Egg Drop Challenge

You can use anything you want! Listed below are just some examples of materials you could use.

  • cardboard tubes
  • newspaper
  • old boxes
  • paper
  • tape, glue, rubberbands
  • popsicle sticks
  • baggies
  • straws
  • feathers
  • cottonballs

Procedure

  1. Come up with an idea of some type of container you can make to protect an egg from a high fall. 
  2. Build your container and place the egg inside.
  3. Drop the egg from someplace high. (Be sure it’s safe and an adult is with you.)
  4. After you drop it look and see if your egg cracked or remained intact. (Remember to wash your hands after touching raw egg!)
Lucy creating her contraption from an old box and tissue paper.

Lucy creating her contraption from an old box and tissue paper.

 

I made mine out of the bottom of an old water bottle and some paper crinkles.

I made mine out of the bottom of an old water bottle and some paper crinkles.

 

Test #1: Dropping into the grass.

Test #1: Dropping into the grass.

 

Both eggs made it!

Both eggs made it!

 

Drop #2: Dropping onto the concrete. Both eggs broke. (To Lucy's delight!)

Drop #2: Dropping onto the concrete. Both eggs broke. (To Lucy’s delight!)

 Questions to Spark More Curiosity & Critical Thinking

Describe your design. Why do you think it will protect the egg? Did it work? Why or why not? How could you improve your design? 

 Want to go even further?

Even more activities to inspire creativity and critical thinking for various ages.

    • Try  dropping the egg from increasing heights. Does it eventually stop working?
    • If your initial design did not work, redesign it and try to improve it. Can you get it work the next time?
    • Fill a box with a large amount of materials that could be used for this project. Then allow each child to only choose 3 items from the box to build their design. 


Egg Drop with Fourth Grade

Later, we took this challenge to Daddy’s 4th grade classroom. The students brought in supplies from home and built their own containers in class. It was so fun to see what they came up with! 

IMG_0352

brown paper bag, plastic bag, packing peanuts and leaves

IMG_0358

plastic container, packing peanuts, plastic bag

IMG_0355

cardboard box, packing peanuts, towel, string, stuffed bird (which the student stated was optional~ too cute!)

IMG_0347

Design with a plastic bag parachute attached

IMG_0356

Container with peanut butter (This survived the 3 foot drop, but didn’t survive the higher drop.)

After the students were finished planning building,  they placed their eggs inside their containers, and then we headed outside to test them.

For the first round the eggs were dropped from a height of about 7 feet. All but one egg made it past that drop. The second drop was about 11 feet high and only 2 containers protected their eggs from that fall. 

IMG_0394

Once the students were done testing their containers, they went back into the classroom to discuss what worked and what didn’t work and shared theories as to why. It was definitely a successful lesson!

Here is a free printable your child or students can use to plan out their designs.

Screen Shot 2013-03-28 at 1.35.53 PM

Have you ever taken part in or done an egg drop challenge? 

Be sure not to miss these other science activities for kids on Buggy and Buddy:

 

Fizz, Pop, Bang! 40 Playful Science and Math Activities for Kids


Comments

  1. what a fun lesson!

  2. Oh what an awesome experiment! I can see my daughter wanting to drop the eggs from everything and on to everything to see if they would break! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

  3. Chelsy, I looked for a contact page on Buggy and Buddy, so that I could email you privately, but I cannot locate one. I wanted to ask you to do a guest post on HammockTracks. If you are interested please send me an email. -Savannah

  4. We did this in 3rd grade as a class project. Our room opened to an indoor courtyard, so we dropped them from the second or third floor. So much fun and such great lessons. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  5. We tried doing something similar with building a Lego car, and the kids really enjoyed it. I need to try the egg drop one from our balcony, it’d be a lot of fun to try with them.

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

  6. We will have to try this one day; I think I will wait until the girls are a little older and can design a bit more though. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  7. Featuring you this week on Mom’s Library!

  8. What a great idea! Thanks for linking up at Family Fun Friday.
    Sincerely,
    Monica
    http://happyandblessedhome.com

Trackbacks

  1. […] to another Science Invitation Saturday! Last week we had fun with the Egg Drop Challenge! This week we’re going to dissect a bean […]

  2. […] last year’s egg drop challenge, my husband’s 4th graders brought in materials from home and constructed their containers in […]

  3. […] a fall. In Zoom’s version of this challenge, kids can only use tape, straws and Popscicle sticks. Buggy and Buddy used tissue paper and an old […]

Speak Your Mind