Easter egg rolling is not only a fun and traditional activity, it is also a great way for children to experiment by rolling different eggs down a slope giving them the opportunity to explore a variety of different scientific concepts including gravity and friction. As the eggs may get up some speed we would definitely recommend replica rather than real eggs for this activity!
For this Easter Egg rolling activity, you will need
- A ramp – we have used a purpose built ramp but you could use anything with a sloped surface including a slide or make your onw ramp with a piece of wood or cardboard.
- Simple Scales
- A selection or plastic, art and craft or toy eggs – we used polystyrene eggs, rhythm eggs and nesting eggs
These experiments are about introducing basic understanding of some key concepts in a way which is engaging and fun. They also give them a great opportunity to practice communication skills. Children don’t seem to need much encouragement to get started but some for of the possibilities for playing/ exploring include:
- How do the different eggs go down the ramp, are they all the same?
- How do the eggs look, sound and feel? how are they different from each? how do they act differently?
- Can you weight the eggs? Which eggs are the heaviest? how does this affect how quickly they roll down the slope?
- If you change the slope will it affect how quickly the eggs roll down the slope?
- Will different ramp covers e.g. bubble wrap or faux fur make the eggs roll faster or slower?
- Provide children with pieces of cardboard, old boxes, yoghurt pots etc to have a go at building their own ramps to roll eggs down.
- Take your egg rolling outside and get messy by covering the ramp in paper and dipping the eggs in paint before rolling.
- Combine egg rolling with water play. Try creating a ramp onto a water tray to see which eggs make the biggest splash.
EYFS learning goals supported by this activity:
ELG01 Communication and language: speaking
ELG04 Physical development: moving and handing co ordination
ELG06 Personal, social and emotional development: Self confidence and self awareness
ELG13 Understanding the world: People and communities
ELG14 Understanding the world: The world
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