I am teaching a Messy Science class at our homeschool co-op. It's been fun to prepare and the children have enjoyed it, so I want to share my ideas with you in case you find yourself in need of a messy science project one day. That happens to other people, right?
Our first project was an Egg Drop.
Create a capsule to protect your egg and allow it to remain unharmed when dropped from a great height.
- 2-3 eggs per child
- duct tape or packing tape
- misc. recyclables: bubble wrap, boxes, packing peanuts, toilet paper tubes, newspaper, egg cartons, etc
- tarp/garbage bags
- stool/ladder to drop eggs from
- chart to record data (optional, available below)
- access to a hose (optional but very helpful)
Each child in the class brought 2-3 eggs as well as whatever recycables they wanted to bring. This co-op class is aimed at 4-7 year olds, so I keep it pretty simple and allow plenty of time for them to figure things out. Moms stay and lend a hand, which is so, so helpful.
We read a silly book and then got right to work.
|Proud kiddos with their egg-protecting capsules.|
It was very important to me that the kids to most, if not all, of the work themselves. It was so fun to wander around the group while they were working and talk to each child about their hypothesis of what makes the egg safe.
|It's egg-dropping time!|
Afterword we all cleaned up and that was that. The whole project, including clean up, took about an hour and it kept a wide range of kids interested for the entire time. It was a blast!
|Clean-up was pretty intense.|
What is your favorite messy science project?