The Egg Activity

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Learners observe the outside and inside of raw chicken eggs, record descriptions, and hypothesize what will happen when a facilitator drops an egg on the floor. Learners may be surprised when a facilitator drops an egg and it turns out to be hard-boiled. As an extension, learners can investigate raw and hard-boiled eggs to determine differences between them. This activity focuses on the processes of science.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration


Materials List (per group of students)

  • raw chicken egg
  • bowl
  • pencil and paper
  • hard-boiled chicken egg
  • magnifying glass (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Kraatz, Brian P.


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