Take the egg drop challenge for an awesome STEM project for young kids and older ones too! Your imagination is the limit with this cleverly styled egg drop as you investigate what makes for the best shock absorber for dropping an egg. We have tons more STEM activities for you to try!  Read on to find out how the egg drop challenge works and what are the best materials for an egg drop.

EGG DROP PROJECT IDEAS FOR KIDS

egg drop ideas for kids to try

TAKE THE EGG DROP CHALLENGE

Egg drop challenges are super cool and are terrific STEM activities! I have been waiting to do a classic egg drop project for some time with my son but felt like he was too young.

The goal of the egg drop challenge is to drop your egg from a height without it breaking when it hits the ground.

Most egg drop projects use quite a bit of loose materials, design making, and tinkering that my son just isn’t ready for yet. I happened to see this plastic bag style of egg drop over at The Measured Mom which is perfect for a mess free challenge.  I thought we could really expand on it by using materials found in our own kitchen to protect the eggs.

What else can you do with eggs? Watch the video!

WHAT MAKES A GOOD SCIENCE PROJECT?

First, what is STEM? STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and math. It’s definitely the new word on the street because of our tech rich society and the lean towards the sciences and getting kids engaged early.

A good STEM project will have a little of at least 2 of the 4 pillars of STEM and often you will find a solid experiment or challenge naturally uses bits and pieces of most of the pillars.  As you can see these 4 areas are very intertwined. LEARN MORE: What Is STEM?

STEM doesn’t have to be boring, expensive, or time-consuming. We love to try out neat STEM activities all the time, and you can use super simple supplies to make great STEM projects.

SCIENCE FAIR PROJECTS

Want to turn this fun science activity into a science fair project? Then you will want to check out these helpful resources.

STEM QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

These STEM questions for reflection are perfect to use with older kiddos to talk about how the project went and what they might do differently next time around. Use these questions for reflection with your kids after they have completed the STEM challenge to encourage discussion of results and critical thinking.

  1. What were some of the challenges you discovered along the way?
  2. What worked well and what did not work well?
  3. What part of your model or prototype do you really like? Explain why.
  4. What part of your model or prototype needs improvement? Explain why.
  5. What other materials would you like to use if you could do this challenge again?
  6. What would you do differently next time?
  7. What parts of your model or prototype are similar to the real world version?

WHAT ARE THE BEST MATERIALS FOR AN EGG DROP?

We have two versions of this egg drop challenge below, one for older kids and one for younger kids. Do you need real eggs? Usually, I would say yes, but given the circumstances, how about candy-filled plastic eggs? If you don’t want to waste food for any reason, don’t! Find a workaround instead.

Grab the FREE Printable Egg Drop Worksheets Here!

EGG DROP IDEAS FOR OLDER KIDS

Older kiddos will love coming up with ideas to protect the egg in an egg drop.  Some materials they may want to use…

  • Packaging materials
  • Tissue
  • Old t-shirts or rags
  • Recycling container goodies
  • Styrofoam
  • String
  • Bags
  • And so much more!

Here’s a past year’s winner in the egg drop challenge! It even included a plastic bag parachute!

EGG DROP IDEAS FOR YOUNGER KIDS

You will need eggs and plastic zip lock bags to contain the mess! How many is up to you. We had 7 bags left, so we came up with six items from around the kitchen to fill the bags and protect the eggs and one with nothing.

I tried to pick items that weren’t too wasteful, and we had a few expired and unused items in the pantry.  Some materials you could use to protect the egg…

  • water
  • ice
  • paper towels
  • dry cereal {we used very old wheat puffs}
  • flour
  • cups
  • nothing
Egg Drop Challenge Set Up Egg Zip Locks Bags Cereal Ice Water Paper Cups

HOW DOES THE EGG DROP CHALLENGE WORK?

Create your own egg drop designs to protect your egg from breaking when it is dropped from a height. 

If using the zip lock bags, as above, fill all your bags with packaging materials while carefully fitting an egg into each bag. You can tape the bags shut if you want. We did use tape for the bag of water.

Once your bags are completed, your egg drop challenge is ready for you to test. Make sure to drop the eggs from the same height each time.

Make predictions before you drop each bag and ask the kids why they think that will happen.

Note: I wasn’t sure what my son was going to do with the cups, but it was up to him to decide. He thought of making a lid out of the big cup. That’s the best part of a STEM challenge!

Egg Drop Challenge Filled Zip Lock Bags Eggs Materials to protect eggs

 OUR EGG DROP EXPERIMENT

The first egg drop challenge had to be the egg on its own in the zip-top bag. We had to make sure the bag wasn’t protecting the egg, right? Crash and splat went that egg drop. Since it’s already in a bag, might as well squish it around!

Egg Drop Ideas

We continued with the egg drop challenge, testing each bag and then examining the contents. This egg drop project had some clear winners!

IDEAS THAT FAILED!

Obviously, the egg did not fair well with no protection. It also didn’t make it through an egg drop in water or ice. Note: We tried the water twice! Once with 8 cups and once with 4 cups.

Egg Drop Project with Water Ice Nothing

EGG DROP IDEAS THAT WORKED!

However, the egg drop did make it through the crazy cup contraption. We were all impressed. It also made it through a drop in a bag of cereal. The egg, however, did not fare well in the paper towels. He didn’t think the towels were thick enough!

It would be a great egg drop project idea to explore: how to drop an egg without breaking it using paper!

Egg Drop Activity Egg Science Cup Cereal Paper Towels

We concluded the egg drop challenge, with a bag of flour mix. {This was very old gluten-free mix we will never use}. The flour was “soft” apparently making for great protection against the fall.

egg drop idea with flour

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT AN EGG IN AN EGG DROP?

What we learnt is there is not one best way to protect an egg.  There are multiple ways to successfully do the egg drop.  What egg drop design ideas will you come up with?

We did love that clean up was a snap with our eggs in the bag! The eggs and bags that didn’t make it went right to the trash and the other materials were easily put away. Although we taped the bag with water in it, it still got things a bit wet!

This style of egg drop is great for young kids as it is quick and pretty simple but lots of fun. I also love that it encourages a bit of problem-solving and experimenting without being overwhelming.

MORE FAVORITE STEM CHALLENGES

Straw Boats Challenge – Design a boat made from nothing but straws and tape, and see how many items it can hold before it sinks.

Strong Spaghetti – Get out the pasta and test our your spaghetti bridge designs. Which one will hold the most weight?

Paper Bridges – Similar to our strong spaghettti challenge. Design a paper bridge with folded paper. Which one will hold the most coins?

Paper Chain STEM Challenge – One of the simplest STEM challenges ever!

Spaghetti Marshmallow Tower – Build the tallest spaghetti tower that can hold the weight of a jumbo marshmallow.

Strong Paper – Experiment with folding paper in different ways to test its strength, and learn about what shapes make the strongest structures.

Marshmallow Toothpick Tower – Build the tallest tower using only marshmallows and toothpicks.

Penny Boat Challenge – Design a simple tin foil boat, and see how many pennies it can hold before it sinks.

Gumdrop Bridge – Build a bridge from gumdrops and toothpicks and see how much weight it can hold.

Cup Tower Challenge – Make the tallest tower you can with 100 paper cups.

Paper Clip Challenge – Grab a bunch of paper clips and make a chain. Are paper clips strong enough to hold weight?

 HAVE YOU TRIED THE EGG DROP CHALLENGE?

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Cheap and quick STEM activities when your time and budget is limited! Kids will love these STEM challenges for use in the home, classroom, or other group setting. Use our free 5 Day STEM Activities pack challenge and get started with cool STEM anytime.

 

8 Comments

  1. you worry too much about what people will think
    do your experiments and be happy
    who cares if you wasted a couple eggs.
    it was good clean fun with your kids.

  2. Did any of the bags burst open? I’m interesting in leading this for a library program and need to figure out where we should drop the bags.

  3. There was no catastrophic bag opening. I would suggest making sure the air is out of the bag first. You could also drop it into a plastic bin. Also go with quality zip top bags if you are worried. Have fun with it!

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