Create a simple science experiment exploring gravity and ramps with Easter egg races using plastic Easter eggs! Egg races are perfect for playful learning and this egg race experiment is quick set up too! We love plastic eggs and have tons of ways to play and learn them too! Make sure to check them all out here, Plastic Eggs for Play and Learning
PLASTIC EGG RACES SET UP
I thought it would be very fun to continue our science exploration with plastic egg by hosting Easter egg races! What to race them on? I made a big decision to spend $5 at Home Depot on a 10 foot piece of plastic rain gutter. (I thought of at least 5 more ways to use it later on!) My husband sawed it in half for me and I sanded the edges. Our race cars were two different sized plastic eggs.
Let the egg races begin!
Easter Egg Races Experiment & Observations
Egg races make an excellent experiment to make predictions! We discussed the angles of the ramp and how they influenced the speed of the egg. Higher ramp/angle the faster the egg went, the lower the ramp angle, the slower the egg went. We also discussed a favorite concept called gravity and how it helped to pull the eggs down but as the angle of the ramp decreased it slowed gravity down! The large egg was generally faster than the small egg except when the ramp was lower! We also discussed the word motion. When something is in motion it changes position or location like our eggs did!
This simple egg race activity provided so many lessons to try out!
Each ramp angle presented a new discovery and a chance to guess what might happen!
The ramps with the same angle we tested out the different size eggs and found the smaller egg was slower!
The ramp with the lowest angle also had the slowest moving egg with both big and small eggs. The big egg even had a hard time getting started, but it did get rolling after a few seconds. It couldn’t catch up but finished once it got in motion. Gravity wasn’t working to hard there!
The egg on the high angle ramped zoomed down super fast with the help of gravity!
After we were finished egg races with the plastic eggs, Liam tried out some cars and balls as well. Just plain fun to move the ramps up and down and guess what would happen to the different items he found to try.
Pick up simple supplies to make Egg Races this Easter!
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