Summer Ice Eggs

Wednesdays with Whitney

Do you see any hot, blistering days coming up on the calendar? Prepare for them with this easy activity which will keep the kids busily entertained both today AND on your sweltering hot day!

Supplies
 Eggs
 Push pin
 Water
 Small objects (Lego people work great for this!)
 Food dye (optional)

Directions

1. Start by hollowing out your eggs. To do this, prick your eggs with a push pin and then gently widen the hole until it’s about the width of your thumb. Now let the little ones shake out the insides until the egg is completely empty – they’ll love watching the gooey stuff come out and it gives you a great opportunity to teach them about the anatomy of an egg!

2. Once your eggs are hollowed out, be sure to rinse them out thoroughly.

3. Next have the kids slip their favorite small toys into the eggs through the hole.

4. Now just fill the eggs with water and place them in the freezer until your hot day arrives. Ask the kids what they think will happen to the water. What about the eggshells?

5. On your hot day, break out the eggs and examine them. Explain why water freezes and explain why the ice expanded to crack the shell.

6. Finally, let your kids go at their eggs in any way, shape, or form they want in order to get their toys out. They can let them melt, take a toy hammer to them, or even slam them on the sidewalk!

Reference: This project and photos are by Whitney Tang compliments of her mother who used to do this project with her when she was a child. Don’t forget to stop by next Wednesday for another fun project by Whitney and to check out Nanny Magazine at nannymag.com. Take her survey for nannies at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BZYJVMB

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