Wow your kids with this bouncy egg and vinegar experiment — they'll be amazed by the hilarious rubber egg! This classic egg in vinegar experiment is super simple and crazy to watch with the kids. Use science to show them their first naked egg!
Do we HAVE to go?
My heart sinks as the pitch of the whine rises.
It has started.
The seed has been planted by classmates — SCHOOL SUCKS.
My two young daughters have always loved to learn, yet I can hear social interactions with their classmates entering our conversations.
I know for a fact that my girls LOVE the awesome summer school program that our local district offers. They come home every afternoon giddy as they explain all the cool stuff they've done.
So it is frustrating to hear them complain about "having to learn."
My quest to keep my kids curious and passionate about learning continues to be more and more challenging the older they get.
Enter this awesome resource...
When we saw this egg and vinegar experiment in the book Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley, we knew it was a keeper!
This book has become one of the three hands-on tools our family has been using to inspire creative thinking.
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The Naked Egg: An AWESOME Egg In Vinegar Experiment
Our first attempt to embrace science at home?
The infamous NAKED EGG EXPERIMENT also sometimes known as the naked egg or bouncy egg experiment!
How To Make A Bouncy Egg
The experiment starts simple...
1. Put an egg in a glass.
2. Fill the glass with vinegar and if you like a little extra flair ... food coloring.
3. Wait and watch!
We watched the bubbles [ see video ] ...
See the bouncy egg video below!!!
While You Wait For The Naked Egg, Use This Egg In Vinegar Experiment To Foster Creative Thinking
What I *love* about the Tinkerlab book is it goes beyond just giving instructions for this bouncy egg experiment. The book is not only a collection of kids activities, it is also a GUIDE for parents trying to raise creative thinkers:
It is full of simple projects that foster creative thinking through hands-on experiences and provides an easy-to-follow guide to small habits, conversation points, and other tools to inspire a journey towards raising creative children. (Introduction XIII)
It teaches parents how to...
- set-up kid-friendly workspaces
- ask the right questions
- inspire CREATIVITY
The Ten Tinkerlab Habits of Mind section particularly resonated with me. Half of that section has been underlined with my pink Sharpie!
So, with the help of the prompts listed in the Tinkerlab book, our science experiment continued on with guiding questions.
Take The Bouncy Egg Experiment to the Next Level
The Tinkerlab book inspired each of the girls to write a hypothesis about this egg with vinegar experiment.
After letting the egg sit in the vinegar for a full 24-hours the Tinkerlab book recommends you invite your child to touch the egg — even BOUNCE it.
Parent Note: Remind the kids to bounce it gently! Remember it is NAKED. It's only held together by a membrane, so be prepared to clean up a potential mess.
The Science: What Happens When You Put An Egg In Vinegar?
"The shell is made of calcium carbonate, a base that dissolves when it mixes with an acid — in this case, vinegar. How does this happen? A good soak in vinegar will remove the shell, while the egg itself is held together by a thin membrane that the vinegar cannot break down. A naked egg is simply an egg without a shell."
^Here's a little parent cheat sheet from the Tinkerlab book (Naked Egg With Vinegar Experiment, p.164) on the science behind the naked egg and vinegar experiment!
While the kids play, talk with them and ask...
What do you think is going on here? How'd this happen?!?
Our Bouncy Egg Experiment Video!
Books For Growing Creative Thinkers
LESSON LEARNED BY MOM:
Not all books are created equally. This one, my friends, is a keeper.
This parenting quest, to keep the flame of curiosity alive ... is not an easy one.
Over the last few years, I continue to find myself inspired by three brilliant women: Rachelle Doorley, Jean Van't Hul, and Mariah Bruehl.
These women are my guide and my reminder that we are NOT alone in this quest.
I want to not only thank them for constantly sharing their insights with the world, but also ...
I'd like to thank Roost Books for publishing such great resources for today's modern parent:
- The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art and Creativity by Jean Van't Hul
- Playful Learning: Develop Your Child's Sense of Joy and Wonder by Mariah Bruehl
- Tinkerlab: A Hands-On Guide for Little Inventors by Rachelle Doorley (of course!)
This trio of books is well-loved: my copies are full of tabs, underlined phrases, and notes in the margins.
The depth of information will continue to inspire you every time you go back to them.
Citation Credits: From Tinkerlab by Rachelle Doorley, © 2014 by Rachelle Doorley. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston, MA. www.roostbooks.com
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