This egg experiment is awesome. It magically transforms an ordinary egg to a large naked egg through this egg science project that kids will love. Kids Activities Blog is always excited when household items hold magical science powers!
We made a Naked Egg!
For Science, we are learning about the “building blocks of life” – aka Cells – this year with the kids. This is the best science experiment for kids EVER! We used this “naked egg” project along with the song about cells (featured at the end) to learn the parts of our cells.
The kids were able to identify cell parts by physically seeing, smelling, touching, and even tasting – ewwww!
We had so much fun with this kids science experiment, it is part of our science book: 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments for Kids!
There are a lot of different vinegar science experiments for kids and vinegar science projects, but this is definitely one of our favorites because it is super easy with surprising results.
We put the egg in vinegar!
Vinegar Egg Experiment – Science for Kids
As the shell of the egg is made of calcium (a base, one of the primary ingredients in antacids), it breaks down with fizzles and bubbles when it is in contact with an acid.
Vinegar is an acid.
How to Make a Naked Egg – Science for Kids
We took our egg and dropped it lightly into a jar of white vinegar. After about 15 min it starts to bubble – just like when vinegar is dripped on baking soda – after about 8 hours the egg starts to spin as the gasses are released from the egg shell.
It is so pretty to see the dancing egg.
Due to osmosis, the cell – aka egg – absorbs the liquid and will start to swell. Parts of the egg shell will crack and dissolve.
After three days, you will have a completely naked egg!
Egg Shell Dissolves – Science for Kids
Once your egg has lost its shell, be very careful with it. The membrane is very soft and permeable. We actually broke on of the eggs in our experiment during out photo shoot.
The naked egg is so squishy and slimy feeling – your kids will love it! As they hold it, identify the parts of your egg. There is the membrane – it holds the egg together.
We compared the membranes of a fresh egg, a burst naked egg and an egg that was sitting in sugar water. The differences and similarities are astounding.
We found the nucleus – the command center or the brain of the cell- it is where RNA is replicated. The cytoplasm was easy to find, it is the “white” of the egg. In a chicken egg, the vacuole and Golgi bodies are inside the yolk.
Look at how much bigger the egg is after it absorbed all the fluid.
Deflating Egg Science Project for Kids
For another fascinating experiment (if only we had more eggs, we burst a couple and didn’t have enough leftover), put the swollen naked egg into corn syrup and watch it deflate.
The opposite of osmosis will occur and the liquid will leave the cell, leaving a brownish shriveled egg. So interesting to literally watch what eating too much sugar does to us!
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The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments for Kids is full of easy science play and fun for everyone! You can pick it up at your local bookstore or online.
Have you done a science experiment with your kids?
I’d love to read about it! This science experiment was inspired by this egg experiment. We featured it last year in our Silly Science Experiment collection. Thanks Emma for sharing the details with us so we could remove our own egg shell!
More Science Fun from Kids Activities Blog
This naked egg experiment is a great way to for kids to see science at work first hand. For more science experiments for kids, check out these other ideas:
- If your egg is still intact, then check out these egg drop ideas for kids!
- Have you ever tried to break an egg with one hand? It is a fun science experiment you can easily do at home!
- Have you ever wondered how to know whether an egg is boiled? It can be more science than guess!
- Did you know you could make egg yolk paint?
- Have you ever tried the rotten pumpkin science experiment
- Science Experiment with Baking Soda and Vinegar
- Science for Kids: How to Make a Balance
- We have over 50 ideas for scientific games for kids to play and learn science.
- Need science fair project ideas? We got ’em!
- You can find more science experiments for kids here <–Over 100 ideas!
- And a whole lot of learning activities for kids here <–Over 500 ideas!
Our book, The 101 Coolest Simple Science Experiments, features tons of awesome activities just like this one that will keep your kids engaged while they learn. How awesome is that?!
Did your kids have the patience to make a naked egg?