3. Easter Egg Roll (Grades Pre-K–8)
The springtime Easter Egg Roll at the White House—a race in which children use a spoon to push an egg through the grass— has been a tradition for more than 100 years.
On Easter Mondays in the 1870s, Capitol Hill was a popular place for children to roll painted eggs. Unfortunately, all that activity made a mess of the lawn, so in 1876, Congress passed a law forbidding play on Capitol grounds. President Rutherford B. Hayes rescued the sport with an 1878 order declaring that children were welcome to roll their Easter eggs on White House grounds. Presidents have hosted a White House Egg Roll on the Monday after Easter ever since. Find out more about one of the oldest annual celebrations in White House history.
Get students in on the egg-rolling fun. Have them bring in their own colored hardboiled eggs, or try the “DIY Easter Egg Dye” activity with your class first. Then try one or more of these activities in a grassy area of the schoolyard or a nearby park.
- Ready, Set, Roll! Students will need a long-handled wooden spoon and one hardboiled egg to play. Find a grassy area of the schoolyard and establish clear start and finish lines. Demonstrate how to push the egg through the grass using the wooden spoon. Then separate students into groups of five for the race. You might provide a small prize (a chocolate bunny?) to the winner of each race.
- Extreme Egg Toss Have students partner up to play catch with one of the hardboiled eggs. The distance between partners should be the same for each team. After each toss back and forth, partners should each take one step back, then toss the egg back and forth again. If the egg drops, but doesn't crack, the team remains in the game. But if the egg cracks, the team is out. The last team standing with an intact egg wins the game.
- Play Hot "Potato" Separate students into groups of five. Have each group stand in a circle and toss a hardboiled egg to each other as music plays. The player in each group who is holding the “hot potato” when the music stops is out. The game continues until one player—the winner—is left.
4. Do a Science “Egg-Speriment” (Grades 3–8)
Looking for hands-on, eggcellent science fun that your kids can do in person or remotely? Try the “Bouncy Egg” science experiment. It teaches kids about chemical reactions. (Younger students will need adult assistance if doing this experiment at home.)
Before doing the experiment, tell students they're going to find out what happens to a raw egg that is submerged in vinegar for three days. Have students make a prediction in their science journals and note the changes they see happening to the egg on each day of the experiment. Revisit student predictions on the third day. Ask: How do your predictions compare with what actually happened to the egg? Challenge older students to research the science behind the chemical reaction that occurred in this experiment and report their findings back to the class.
Bouncy Egg Science Experiment
What You Need
- Raw egg
- Glass or jar (with enough room to submerge an egg)
- White vinegar
- Plate or container (used on the third day)
What to Do
- Carefully place the raw egg in a glass or jar.
- Completely submerge the egg in white vinegar.
- Leave the egg in the glass for three days. After the third day, the egg will become translucent.
- On the third day, carefully remove the egg from the glass and rinse it under tap water. While rinsing, gently rub the outside of the egg to remove the white film and reveal a rubbery, translucent egg.
- Lift the egg one to two inches in the air over a plate or container. Let the egg go, and watch it bounce!
- Ask your students: What will happen if we lift the egg even higher in the air and let it drop? Test this question out and watch the egg go splat!
Here are more in-depth instructions, photos, a video, and other helpful information about the "Bouncy Egg" experiment. And check out these other egg experiments you can do with students.