While we’ve tried several fun twists on the classic, this time, we decided to see if we could make our eggs look like turkeys. The turkey egg drop experiment was a hit, and just the thing to try on Thanksgiving day with the kiddos, or in the classroom in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.
Turns out, when you personify an egg, children are a lot more motivated to protect it!
The kids did not want our little turkeys to die, so they were extra creative in their preparations to save the turkey from his descent to the ground.
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Smashing Turkeys: the New Turkey Egg Drop Experiment that will Delight Kids
Use what you have in the classroom or at home to create a cocoon for your turkey that will keep it from breaking!
What you will need for the turkey egg drop experiment:
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- Raw eggs
- Various building materials (plastic baggies, popsicle sticks, aluminum foil, etc)
- Construction paper
- Googly eyes
Build the Turkey
First, build your turkeys. Let the eggs sit out at room temperature until they stop sweating. Glue on a waddle, beak, googly eyes, and feathers. Get as creative as you like here- they are your turkeys!
Protect the Turkey
Use the materials at hand to protect the turkey from its fall. We used ziplock baggies to hold everything in place in case things got messy. My kids each tried a different design. Monkey built an elaborate cage for her egg, while Bo just sort of wrapped the egg in a variety of materials including aluminum foil and cotton balls.
Test the Design
Drop the bags from a high area (we chose a tree).
Open the bags and inspect the turkeys. Are they safe from the fall?
When dropped onto dirt, our turkeys were perfectly safe.
But when dropped on rocks, they both cracked.
Test your designs from various heights and on various surfaces to see how well they hold up.