Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Perhaps the world will never know. What is known however is that eggs have been around for a very long time and American’s love eating them.
According to the “National Egg Board” there are approximately 280 million egg-laying chickens in the United States today and they produce approximately 75 billion eggs each year.
Therefore with America’s long-standing taste for egg is it any wonder that May 2011 has been designated “National Egg Month?”
If you would like to celebrate “National Egg Month” with your family this May but are not sure how, here are five fun suggestions that you may want to consider employing.
Idea One: In the Name of Science
Conduct some egg-periments with your children. There are more than a “baker’s dozen” of excellent kid friendly experiments that employ the use of eggs.
My three personal favorites are “naked eggs”, “eggs in a bottle” and “how much weight?”
In the “naked eggs” experiment eggs are placed inside a glass jar filled with vinegar. After the eggs have sat in the vinegar for a prescribed period of time the egg shells are dissolved.
In the “eggs in a bottle” experiment the children can watch a hard-boiled egg get sucked down into a juice bottle.
During the “how much weight?” experiment the children get to balance dictionaries onto hollowed out eggs in order to demonstrate how the shape of the egg helps to keep it from breaking while the mother hen is sitting on them. Afterward the hollowed out eggs can be used for a special blown eggs craft project.
Idea Two: Create Crafts
Create some egg inspired crafts. Just as there are numerous science experiments that employ the use of eggs, there are also an abundance of kid friendly arts and crafts projects that use egg shells.
Some examples of arts and crafts projects to make with eggs are “egg heads”,”polished eggs”, and “decoupage eggs.”
Idea Three: Invest in Some Books
Consider going to the local book store, library or online to check out and pick up a few egg related childrens books. A few good examples of such are Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” and “Are You My Mother?” by P.D Eastman.
Idea Four: Find Inspiration in the Kitchen
Create a few new egg inspired dishes. There are a few websites like the “American Egg Board” and “Egg Recipes” that are devoted to egg inspired recipes.
Idea Five: Living Off the Land
Learn about raising chickens. The “Country Living Magazine” often has articles related to raising chickens in your own back yard. You also might want to consider rounding up your little chicks and taking them on a tour of a chicken farm.