Updated January, 2013...
Also be sure to visit the Chicken Theme! It is half way down the page of Pigs & Chickens... You can't have eggs without chickens!!!
EGG SHELL COLLAGE OR MOSAIC...
Ask all you know to save the dyed shells from their Easter eggs! When Easter is over, you'll have the most important material for this project!
Need: Egg shells, Glue, construction paper... You may want to first sketch your idea. Next tacky glue the shells onto the paper over the design.
MAKE EGSHELL CHALK (Good only for sidewalks!)
The shells of 6 eggs
1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon very hot tap water
Food coloring (optional)
Spoon, cup or small bowl, paper towel
Mortar and pestle or CLEAN rock and paper towel
1. Wash & dry eggshells well. The chalk will fall apart if the shells are not completely dry. Be sure no egg is left in them.
2. Put the shells into a bowl and grind them into a fine powder. Leaving large pieces of shells could cause the chalk to break up. (You could also use a mortar and pestle or a clean rock on the paper to finely grind the shells)One stick of chalk needs enough fine powder to fill a large spoon.
3. Put the teaspoon of flour and the teaspoon of hot water into a cup or bowl--stir together to make a paste. Add food coloring if desired--being sure not to add too much.
4. Shape the paste into chalk sticks or press it into soap molds. If you’re making sticks- Roll it up tightly in a strip of paper towel. Let it dry for about 3 days until it's hard.
5. Remove the paper and you have chalk!
Remember--this is to be used only on sidewalks! For large sticks of chalk, make 3 times this recipe, and put the mixture into an empty toilet paper tube. When it's dry, peel away the cardboard as you use it.
MAKE CONFETTI (CASCARON) EGGS (Craft and Game in one!)
"Cascaron" is the Spanish word for eggshell. They are used in many celebrations including Easter, Christmas, Birthdays and Cinco de Mayo.
Uncooked chicken eggs--large or jumbo size
Food color, dyes and/or markers
Scotch tape OR Glue and Tissue paper
Paper confetti (Two cups per dozen eggs)
1. Make about a half inch hole--or the size of a dime-- in the bottom or top of an egg. Remove the egg contents. (Either prop over a bowl and let the eggs drain---or See directions for blowing out eggs on Egg Decorating Page)
2. Rinse out the inside of the egg. When it is completely dry-- decorate it using your favorite method.
3. Fully fill the dry egg with paper confetti.
4. Once finished, place a small piece of scotch tape over the opening of the egg...or glue on a small piece of tissue paper that matches the egg.
What to do with them?
Surprise a ' someone by 'cracking' and egg over their head
Hide cascarones as part of an Easter-egg hunt. When a cascarón is found, it can be cracked over someone's head. Make a wish when you crack the cascarón. According to tradition, a confetti shower brings good luck to both the one who breaks the cascarón and the one above whose head it is broken.
Cascarones are a traditional part of the Easter season in Texas. In San Antonio, the “confetti-filled eggs,” are sold in stores and is a basic part of Fiesta.
According to latinworksco.com, many people believe Cascarones were first brought from Asia to Italy by the explorer Marco Polo. He would give the eggs — often filled with perfumed powder — as gifts.
The custom traveled from Italy to Spain and was brought to Mexico in the mid-1800s by the wife of Emperor Maximilian. In Mexico, the powder was replaced with confetti, and cascarones became a part of holiday celebrations, including Easter, New Year's Eve and birthday parties.
COOK WITH EGGS!
MAKE PERFECT HARD BOILED EGGS...
#1 KIdActivities Way...
This is the way I've been doing eggs for 40 plus years! They always come out perfect!
- Place the desired number of eggs carefully in a large pot. Add enough cold water to completely cover the eggs.
- Place the pan on the stove on medium high heat and bring the water to a boil.
- Cover the pan and TURN OFF THE HEAT; Let sit in the water for 20 minutes.
- After 20 minutes run the pan of eggs under COLD WATER until the shells are cool to the touch.
- Place the eggs in the refrigerator to cool completely.
Place the eggs in a large saucepan. Add cold water; enough to completely cover the eggs. Place on medium-high heat and bring
water to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and SIMMER EGGS for 9 minutes.
Remove from heat and fill with cold water. The eggs must be completely cool and dry, to decorate successfully.
HOW FRESH ARE YOUR EGGS?
Have you ever wondered if your outdated eggs are still good? To make sure your eggs are fresh, put the raw egg in a glass of water.
- If it lays on the bottom, it's fresh.
- If it is on the bottom, but the small end is up, it's still fine.
- If it is floating in the middle, but not on top, it should be safe, but not very fresh. If it floats, throw it away, it's a rotten egg.
Good old fashioned egg salad, is a great way to use leftover Easter Eggs, but it's nice anytime of the year. I think people forget how good it is.
Use this salad for a sandwich spread, stuff it into a tomato or celery, serve on crackers, or use your imagination. This recipe makes 4 Sandwiches or Stuffed Tomatoes --Depending on how you like it... mash... or cut up the white and yolks in small pieces. Blend all ingredients together until well mixed. (Image by KidActivities.net)
6 hard boiled eggs, peeled
1/2 C celery, chopped
1/3 C scallions, chopped (optional)
4 T mayonnaise
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
VARIATIONS OF GREEN EGGS... Taking a page from Dr. Seuss!
First Idea: Actually put green food coloring in the egg mixture as you scramble your eggs!
Idea #2: Make some green instant pudding by adding food coloring to the pudding. When pudding is thick--mound your desired amount in the center of a plate. In the center, either place a round Nilla cookie or peach half. You now have green sunny side up eggs!
Idea #3: This one is simple! MAKE GREEN EGGS AND HAM. Use two or three pretzels (ham), a large marshmallow, and green M&M candy. Cut the marshmallow in half and slightly flatten it. (The egg white) Put a bit of white frosting on the marshmallows to help hold it to the 'pretzel ham'.
TIP: Of course read the book Green Eggs and Ham to go with the activity!
Last put two green M&M's (eggs) on the 'pretzel ham'. (Also use white frosting to stick the 'green eggs' onto the marshmallow egg white. Presto! You have green eggs and ham! (Snack and image by KidActivities.net)
This classic Main Dish Salad is a quick to fix dinner.
3 - 4 C Romaine lettuce, shredded
2 med ripe tomatoes, diced
1 large avocado, diced
4 slices bacon
3 T blue cheese, crumbled
1 C cooked turkey or chicken breast, diced
2 hard boiled eggs
2 T diced olives (optional)
Blue Cheese Dressing (or dressing of choice)
Place shredded lettuce in a bowl and arrange remaining ingredients in rows on top. Serve with dressing on the side. (Serves 2)
BEEF & PORK MEATLOAF
If you want to add the optional hard boiled eggs, just fill the meatloaf pan half full, insert the whole, hard boiled eggs in the center, and fill in with the rest of the meatloaf mixture. This makes for a great presentation when the meatloaf is cut open.
2 cups bread crumbs
1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound lean ground pork
1 egg, slightly beaten
3 T chopped parsley
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped or pressed
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 hard boiled eggs, peeled (optional)
Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Mix all ingredients together. Shape into a loaf pan. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. If desired, spoon gravy over baked meatloaf slices.
This favorite picnic and party food is also a great way to use up leftover hard boiled Easter Eggs.
6 hard boiled eggs
2 T mayonnaise
3/4 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce*
Salt & pepper to taste & Paprika for garnish
- Cut each egg in half and carefully scoop out the yolk.
- Mash yolks and remaining ingredients together to make a paste.
- Whether to make it completely smooth, or leave small lumps is a matter of personal taste, much the same way that some people, like lumpy mashed potatoes. If you're in the smooth camp, you can make the egg yolk mixture in a food processor.
Once you've finished the egg yolk mixture, it's time to carefully spoon it back into the egg white. For more decorative eggs you can put the egg yolk mixture in a pastry bag and pipe it back into the white. Sprinkle with a little paprika for color and flavor.
*Note: Vegetarians should use vegetarian Worcestershire Sauce or eliminate this ingredient. Serves 6 as an appetizer
RAW EGG (or Sunny Side up) ON TOAST
(This 'egg' is a peach half!)
Ingredients for one serving...
1 slice poundcake
Put slice of pound cake on plate.
Place peach half on top-- round side up.
Add whip cream around peach and serve.
It looks like a raw egg on toast! (Image by KidActivities.net)
SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT! OMELET IN A BAG
Crack two eggs (only two) into a large resealable freezer bag. Make sure bag is high quality!
Press out most of the air, and seal.
Shake or squeeze to beat the eggs.
Provided different types of filling ingredients and let each student "customize" his/her individual omelet. Open the bag, and have kids add ham, cheese, onion, green pepper, tomato, salsa, and mushrooms.
Squeeze out as much of the air as you can, and seal the bag. Be sure to use a quart-size freezer bag--those without the zipper pulls work best.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Place up to 8 bags at a time into the boiling water. Cook/simmer for exactly 13 minutes. Open the bag, and let the omelet roll out onto a plate. The omelet should roll out easily. Kids love this one!!! And it's something they can do mostly on their own...(Image by KidActivities.net)
Note: When we made these eggs-we used two eggs that were not very large. We added a strip of cut up red pepper, some salt and pepper and a small handful of shredded cheese. We only made the one bag and followed directions exactly. Next time we make these, the eggs would be larger or we would simmer the eggs for about 12.5 minutes instead of the 13 minutes. The consistency is firmer than an omlet...but stll tasted good. The egg slid out of the bag like magic!
SCIENCE IDEAS with Eggs...
DO AN EGG DROP!
Each participant works within guidelines to fashion a container for an egg so that the egg won't break when youth drop it from an established height…
Use hard boiled eggs (you could probably do raw-but be cautious of Salmonella and spoilage!).
Have each child create their own container for the egg -- with the purpose of the egg not breaking. Some kids have used "parachutes," and cans with foam. It can be a lot of fun!
Of course, everyone's hypothesis should be that their egg won't break.
The testing is the fun part---when the youth see if their egg remains intact! For this you want to drop the egg container from the highest available point.... A second floor balcony, off the top bleacher of the football field or by a teacher on a ladder?
*Even though this is for older students, it can be adapted to the lower grades without going into weight and velocity.
MAKE A 'NAKED EGG'--EGG IN VINEGAR EXPERIMENT (Image by KidActivities.net)
A naked egg is an egg without a shell. Using vinegar, you can dissolve the eggshell--without breaking the membrane that contains the egg.
A container big enough to hold all the eggs; a cover for the container
A big spoon
1. Place uncooked eggs in the container so that they are not touching.
2. Add enough vinegar to cover the eggs. Notice that bubbles form on the eggs. Cover the container and put it in the refrigerator. Let the eggs sit in the vinegar for 24 hours.
3. Using the spoon, scoop the eggs out of the vinegar. Be careful--the eggshell has been dissolving. The egg membrane, which is not as durable as the shell, may be the only thing holding the egg together.
4. Carefully dump out the vinegar. Put the eggs back in the container and cover them with fresh vinegar. Leave the eggs in the refrigerator for another 24 hours.
5. Scoop the eggs out again and rinse them carefully. Throw out the eggs where the membranes have broken and are oozing out.
6. When complete, there will be an egg without a shell. It looks like an egg, but is translucent. The membrane will flex when squeezed.
An eggs shell dissolves when submerged in vinegar.
Vinegar contains acetic acid, which breaks apart the solid calcium carbonate crystals that make up the eggshell-- into their calcium and carbonate parts.
The calcium ions float free (calcium ions are atoms that are missing electrons), while the carbonate goes to make carbon dioxide.(The bubbles that you see when egg is placed in vinegar)
Note: The shell dissoled in 24 hours. Although directions say to put the egg in the refrigerator, I forgot to. (It still came out fine) The remainder of the experiment was followed as directed. After a couple days, you could actually see the yolk floating within the membrane. Both kids and adults liked this one! The egg feels rubbery--but it does 'SPLAT' when dropped. Barb
THE ABOVE EGG EXPERIMENT--EXCEPT USING A 'HARD BOILED' EGG!
Directions are exactly as used in the above "Raw Egg" in Vinegar experiment...
The shell dissolved within 24 hours--the same as in the above experiment. I left the egg in the vinegar for a couple days to see if it would become transparent as when using the 'unboiled' egg. It did not.
What it did do was become bouncy. (See image as it bounced to and off the floor) Trying to get a good photographic image, the egg was literally dropped about 25 times from heights of up to four feet. The egg did not break but bounced after each drop.
The difference between the two egg experiments would be interesting for the children to observe and talk about. (Image by KidActivities.net)
EGG RACES/GAMES! (They're not only for Easter!)
You’ll need one, hard-boiled egg for each pair of children.
Have the children stand across from a partner. They should stand one foot apart.
When the leader says, “Go” the children should toss the eggs to their partners.
With hard-boiled eggs, everyone can play the whole game because the eggs won’t crack.
With each toss, the children should back up one step. Play until the eggs are destroyed and before the kids get bored.
This can be played as a race or relay…
Use a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg or plastic Easter egg and plastic spoon.
Children try to walk fast holding the egg in the spoon to the finish line.
It can also be done as a relay and have one child in the middle of the race line waiting.
The children transfer the egg to their relay partner's spoon and go!
FOLLOW THE LEADER…
Give each child a tablespoon and a hard-boiled egg.
The children form a line and one is the leader.
Each one holds the spoon with the egg in its bowl at arm's length and hops on one foot, following wherever the leader leads them.
To drop the egg or rest on both feet prevents one from continuing in the game. They stay out until the next round.
•For an egg roll, you must have some sort of incline, preferable a hill.
•The Egg Roll is basically a race, the eggs are rolled down the hill and the one that reaches the bottom first, wins.
•Steep hills make great races, but slow climbing.
EGG AND SPOON RACES
•Eggs (real or plastic), spoons and an area to run are all you need for this game.
•Variations could include relays and obstacle courses.
•To make it easy for younger kids, place something on the spoon to make the egg stick.
•YOU CAN ALSO USE MARSHMALLOW CHICKS...
NOSY EGG ROLL
The kids roll the eggs (PLASTIC OR REAL) using only their noses. The first one over the finish line wins...
Also be sure to visit the Chicken Theme! It is half way down the page of "Pigs & Chickens"... You can't have eggs without chickens!!!
CLICK HERE TO GO TO EASTER EGG DECORATING PAGE...Loads of ideas!