Discovery & Observation Egg-periments

These egg-citing egg themed resources fit into so many of the stand units of the SESE Curriculum with activities of discovery, questioning and observation all suitable from infants to 6th class.

Discovery & Observation Egg-periments Teacher Resource

Resource Title: Discovery & Observation Egg-periments

Class: Jnr & Snr Infants 1st & 2nd Class 3rd & 4th Class 5th & 6th Class

Strand: Living Things, Energy & Force, Materials

Strand Unit:

  • Living Things – Plant and Animal Life
  • Energy & Forces – Forces
  • Materials – Materials & Change

Level : easy Cost : low Material Availability : easy


  • Living Things – Plant and Animal Life
  • Energy & Forces – Forces
  • Materials – Materials & Change


egg experiments and activities for at home and in the classroom

Learning Objectives

The child should be enabled to :

Plant and Animal Life 

– Variety and Characteristics of Living Things

  • Infants, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th Class – observe, discuss and identify a variety of plants and animals in different habitats in the immediate environment.
  • Infants, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th Class  – become aware of animals and plants of other environments

– Processes of Life

  • Infants, 1st & 2nd,3rd & 4th Class – observe the growth and change in living things
  • 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th Class – become familiar with life-cycles of common plants and animals


  • Infants – investigate how force acts on objects  ( group objects that will float and sink push objects into water)
  • 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th  Class – investigate how forces act on objects – investigate floating and sinking with a wide range of objects . Make and test predictions about objects that float or sink. Investigate how some objects may be made to float by hollowing them out.

Materials & Change

  • Infants  – identify some materials that are waterproof ( egg shells)
  • Infants, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th  class  – explore the effects of heating and cooling on everyday objects ( eggs)
  • 5th & 6th Class – examine changes that take place in materials when physical force is applied. ( when materials are beaten, whisked, mixed, squashed, pulled, bent)


Eggs  – hen eggs fine but variety would be eggs-celent

Images of Eggs



Hand Whisk

Heat Source – microwave, hob

Downloadable fun facts sheet, observation sheet and recording sheet


Discovery & Scientific Questioning

  1. 1Download the Eggs Fun Facts Sheet or pop it up on the white board.
    Read through with students and allow them to formulate questions. Either get the students to write them down or document them on the board.
  2. 2Prompt discussion by using the scientific questioning - this allows for identifying and becoming aware of animals in immediate and other environments.
    Record all the answers .
    - Who lays eggs?
    Name all the birds that lay the eggs?
    How many eggs do you think a hen lays in a year ?
    Where do hens live?
    What do they eat ? Does this affect anything?
  3. 3Separating Eggs - set the students the task of each coming up with a novel way to separate the yolk from the white in an egg


  1. 1Google images of different eggs and observe the difference between the biggest - ostrich and the smallest - quail
    Observe characteristics such as the shape, size, colour, pattern, texture,
    Observe similarities and differences
  2. 2Force on eggs - crack some eggs- beat/whisk them, apply heat to eggs
    Observe and Record what happens?


  1. 1Guess and suggest what will happen next in these structured situations
    Force on Eggs - take a fresh egg and a stale egg and pop into a bowl of water.
    Observe and record what happens
    Can you explain why ?
    What will happen to the egg if we place it in water? Do you think it will float or sink?
    Fresh egg sink to the bottom as they are heavy.
    There is very little air inside them . the older the egg is the more air gets onto through the pores and air inside makes them less dense than water so they float on top.

Estimating and Measuring

  1. 1Compare and contrast the size of eggs - Ostrich, Hen & Quail
    Describe mass and length using non-standard units and informal language
    Compare and estimate is bigger than, is heavier than………
    Match objects of equal size and mass.


  1. 1Sorting and classifying random items from the classroom or home according to specific weights and measures similar to the eggs

Recording and Communication

  1. 1Describe the observations orally using an increasing vocabulary
    Represent findings pictorially and in other media - downloadable record sheets


The Humble Egg Aims & Objectives for SESE Curriculum

The Humble Egg Aims & Objectives for SESE Curriculum

The Humble Egg Working Scientifically Activity Sheet

The Humble Egg Working Scientifically Activity Sheet

Foodoppi Observations Record

Foodoppi Observations Record

Foodoppi Science Experiment

Foodoppi Science Experiment

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