Kids enjoy performing experiments, especially those that may include making a mess, such as this one. Although the key to putting together an egg parachute is to safely land an egg dropped from great heights without it breaking, there certainly is the risk of the egg breaking and things getting messy. Kids will love the challenge of using only paper and tape to design parachutes to safely carry their eggs, and parents will love an activity that will keep the kids entertained for long periods of time.
Cut four pieces of 1/2-inch-wide masking tape, each about 18 inches in length. Experiment with the length of the tape to see if shorter pieces work better.
Place the four pieces of tape side by side on your work surface, with the sticky side facing up. There should not be any space between the pieces of tape.
Cut a piece of 8 1/2-inch by 11-inch paper into a square. The sides of the square should be approximately 8 1/2 inches long.
Lay an egg, lengthwise, over the pieces of tape, centring the egg. Wrap each piece of tape around the egg once, so the ends are facing up.
Attach four loose ends of the masking tape to one side of the paper square. Attach the other four loose ends onto the opposite side of the paper. Press the tape onto the paper to help secure.
Stand on a step stool, ladder or anywhere that is at least 4 feet off the ground, and hold your egg parachute out. Drop the parachute and document what happens to the egg when it lands. Experiment with making the parachute bigger, smaller or in different shapes, and using more tape.
Eggs can be hard-boiled ahead of time and used in place of raw eggs.
Wash your hands well if handling any broken, raw eggs.