Eggstatic-super Easter or post-Easter fun

If you have any real boiled eggs left or feel like doing some more, here’s a sure way to add unforgettable fun to yesterday’s Easter Egg Hunt. Prior to doing this stunt gather:

  • a jar that has a mouth just big enough for a boiled egg to rest on top. The mouth of the jar must also not be much smaller. The old milk quart jars were perfect. The pointy end of the egg should fit down in the mouth of the jar.
  • a peeled, boiled egg
  • a safety lighter
  • a piece of paper torn from anything like a napkin or newspaper. Tear it about 1” wide and two or three inches long. Warning: Do not use a large piece of paper or wad of paper.
  • Next, gather the kids and proceed:

1)       Light the paper with the safety lighter and place it down in the jar.

2)       Quickly place the egg back on top of the jar.

3)       When the paper quits burning, there will be the loudest explosion!  

4)       Kids always look to the ceiling to see where the egg landed, expecting to see one huge mess.

5)       They find nothing there.

6)       Looking back at the jar, they find the egg intact at the bottom of the jar.

Your young scientists will figure this out very soon. Be careful who tries it next; they need supervision. Have fun. This can be done anytime of the year, but it just seems to be more fun at Easter.

From BJ to the kid in all of us.

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis
    Apr 06, 2010 @ 17:11:37

    I remember this little experiment back when I was in grade school. I thought it was magic until I finally understood that the heat created a vaccum which sucked the egg inside the bottle. It was fun. I’ll have to show it to my grandkids some day.


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