Frog Eggs

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In this activity, learners compare frog eggs to chicken eggs to better understand why frog eggs need water. Learners compare a boiled chicken egg to "frog eggs" represented by boiled tapioca. Learners record observations after 5 minutes, an hour, 2 hours, and a day.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
4 to 24 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 egg
  • Handful of pearl tapioca
  • Small pot
  • Tongs
  • Spoon
  • 2 bowls of water
  • Watch or timer


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemistry of Life
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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