Spring is here! And hopefully those of you raising fowl are knee deep in lots of nutrient filled eggs! Rich in lecithin, B vitamins, and protein, they really are Incredible Edible Eggs! Even if you don’t have chickens, ducks, or turkeys, stores usually put eggs on sale early in spring. There are so many learning opportunities using eggs. Take advantage of the surplus in your homeschool. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Enjoy a Literature Based Unit Study with your children, sharing a favorite picture book or two. Some of our favorites have included:
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco about Babushka who nurses a goose back to good health and the goose gives Babushka lovely, paintable eggs in return.
Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco about two Amish sisters who find an unusual egg by the side of the road and place it in their hen’s nest, hoping it will hatch. It does, and the bird that emerges is obviously not a garden-variety chick, it is a fancy peacock!
Read aloud The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth, a hilarious chapter book about the giant egg that Nate Twitchell’s hen tried to hatch, with unexpected results!
Play a game! Print out and play How Many Eggs File Folder Game with your young children.
Looking for more? Here are some subject-specific lessons.
Buoyancy is the tendency of an object to float in a liquid. An object will float when the weight of the displaced water is more than or equal to the object’s weight. If the object weighs more than the displaced water the object will sink. Will a fresh egg sink or float? Do this experiment to see:
- Place a fresh egg in a glass of fresh water. What happens? Why?
- Remove the egg from the glass.
- Add 3 tablespoons of salt to the water and stir until dissolved.
- Place egg back in water. What happens now? Why?
The egg sank in the fresh water because the weight of the egg exceeded the weight of the displaced water. Adding salt to the water increased the water’s weight, so the egg floated. The egg floats in the salt water in the same way that a person floats more easily in a salty ocean.
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Did you ever find an egg hiding in the corner of the coop and wonder whether it was fresh or not? You can also tell by an egg’s buoyancy whether or not it is fresh. If it sinks in fresh water, it is fresh, if it floats it is rotten.
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Separate the yolk from the white of an egg. Using an egg beater, whip the egg white. What change takes place? You’ll see the liquid turn into thick, white foam. Why does this happen? The beater forces air into the liquid and the air get trapped. The bubbles all cling together to make the foam.
Volume is the amount of space something takes up. Volume is equal to length x width x height. Some objects, like an egg, are hard to measure. You can find the volume of an egg by doing this experiment:
- Fill a 2-cup measuring cup to the 1-½ cup mark.
- Place a hardboiled egg in the water.
- Measure the new water level.
The water level goes up because the water and the egg can’t occupy the same space at the same time. How much did the water go up? This tells you the volume of the egg.
Adjectives are words that describe nouns. Look at the shell of an egg. Think of three adjectives that describe what you see. Now look at the shell through a magnifying glass. Think of three new adjectives to describe it. Were you able to see the many bumps and dents, and tiny holes where air moves in and out, with your bare eye?
Mosaics are designs made by close placement of small pieces of colored material. Historically, they can be traced back to Ancient Greece and Rome. Colored eggshells make beautiful mosaics. You will need:
- Colored egg shells broken into various sizes, and sorted by color
- Rubber cement or other glue
- a pin (to lift egg shells)
- Paper for your background (the firmer the better, color is your choice)
First, make a light pencil drawing on your paper. Apply glue to individual pieces of eggshell and place them on the drawing. Leave a narrow space of background color between the shell pieces. Continue gluing until the design is completed.
How many ways are there to cook eggs? Eggs are an easy food for children to learn to cook, and they will love to help you prepare a breakfast or two. Help your child look up eggs in the index of a cookbook. Help him to follow the directions and prepare breakfast for the family, cooking eggs in different ways throughout the week.
Have an Egg-cellent time!