Help Build Science Skills: Egg Packaging

Children must use critical thinking skills to predict what kind of packaging will protect the egg, but they must also be creative in solving the problem of packaging that fails. This activity will also develop your child's physical and design skills.

Skills:
Science, physical and art skills

What you'll need:
• Raw eggs
• Various containers (boxes, cartons, cans, tubes)
• Odds and ends (plastic, Styrofoam, fabric, cardboard, paper, foam rubber, string, yarn)
• Tools (scissors, tape, glue, stapler, hole punch, nail)

What to do:
1. Try to design a package for an egg that will prevent the egg from breaking when it falls. Use the containers, odds and ends, and tools to make the egg package.

2. Choose a safe area to test the egg packages, such as a win- dow above a sidewalk or patio.

3. Drop the packages one at a time. Check the egg after each drop to see if it is broken.

4. If the egg breaks, redesign the package and test it again.

5. Compare the results of the tests, and try to figure out why some packages worked better than others.

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