Glowing Bouncy Egg

What could be better than making a naked bouncing egg?! Making a glowing one, of course!  This activity teaches little scientists about egg anatomy and osmosis takes just a few minutes to set up but is seriously egg-citing!

Awesome science for kids! Turn an ordinary egg into a glowing, bouncy egg. I can't believe how easy it is!

Getting Ready

To prep, I first gathered my supplies:

  • An egg {one for each highlighter color}
  • Clear glass
  • Vinegar
  • Highlighters

Making the Bouncy Egg

Making a glowing bouncy egg is surprisingly simple – the hardest part is having to wait.

To start, we took the polyester cylinder out of the highlighter and squeezed it to extract as much of the ink as we could.  The easiest way was to use our fingers, so be prepared for a little mess.

Awesome science experiment for kids! Make a glowing bouncy egg.

Next, my 3 year old, Q, very carefully added a raw egg to each of the glasses and covered them with white vinegar.  The pink and orange solutions were very bright, but the solution with the yellow highlighter turned almost clear when the vinegar was added.

My kids will LOVE this cool science experiment! Make a glowing bouncy egg. It's so easy!

Now all we had to do was wait.  We could see bubbles forming on the surface of the egg almost immediately, but we had to wait a couple of days to see the real results.

Two days later, we checked on our eggs and found that the shells had disintegrated.  He gently rubbed the shell with his fingers to reveal the membrane below.

Make a glowing bouncy egg. Awesome science for kids!

Q was really curious about the egg’s membrane and where it was located in a raw egg.  So I cracked an egg on a plate and showed him that the membrane is normally stuck right on the inside of the shell.

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I rinsed the other eggs under the sink and passed them to Q for some bouncing.  I brought out the black light to see how the highlighter affected the egg.

What a cool science experiment for kids! Make a glowing bouncy egg.

We were surprised that the pink and orange highlighters didn’t make the eggs glow.  The yellow highlighter, which we thought wouldn’t work when it turned clear, glowed a bright green.

What an awesome science experiment for kids! Make a glowing bouncy egg. It's so easy!

After squishing and squeezing each egg, Q couldn’t wait to bounce them.  He discovered really quickly that the eggs will break if thrown hard enough!

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You can see the yolk is still intact and the membrane that helped the rubbery egg bounce is laying next to the yolk.  Q was pretty sad he popped all three of his eggs.  But since this activity is so simple to set up, it took just a few minutes to get a new bouncy egg started again.

The Science Behind It

When we left the egg in vinegar, the  acetic acid in the vinegar broke down the calcium carbonate shell, producing the tiny carbon dioxide gas bubbles we saw.

Once the egg shell dissolved, the egg expanded slightly because the membrane was semi-permeable. That means it allows somethings to pass through it, through a process called osmosis.

Some of the water with the highlighter ink passed through the membrane into the egg and caused it to swell and glow.  In the picture below, the first 3 eggs have their shell removed and the last egg is a regular raw egg.

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Osmosis, is the movement of a liquid, like water, across a membrane.  Membranes like to be balanced on both sides.  The vinegar solution was mostly water with only a little vinegar and ink in it, while inside the membrane is protein with a little water. So the glowing water molecules traveled from the vinegar into the egg to try to balance the concentrations. The egg expanded and glowed!

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