What comes to mind when you think of spring treats? Colorful eggs, jelly beans, malt balls, chocolate eggs and bunnies, or squishy marshmallow critters? Let’s play, with learn from, and eat some spring treats!
1) What is your favorite spring treat? What is your least favorite? Take a poll of your friends and family. 2) Together with your group choose a theme and use your treats to make dioramas. Whose diorama was the most creative? Best in theme? Most colorful? 3) Angry Critters- (think about the popular bird launching game app) Set up towers using plastic eggs and marshmallow critters. Take turns “Launching” marshmallows at the towers. Give 1 point for every egg part and 2 points for every marshmallow that is knocked over. 4) Critter stack- Hoe many marshmallow critters can your group stack in 1 minuet? Whose stack was the tallest? The shortest? The most creative stacking method? 5) Jellybean Blind Taste Test-Break your group into pairs of two. Take turns closing your eyes, tasting the beans, and guessing the flavor? Hoe many did you get right? 6) Scavenger Hunt- Hide colorful jelly beans around your meeting space (keep track of hoe many you hid ☺ ) Have each member of your group gather a specific number of each color of bean.
1) Disappearing egg shell- Have you ever seen a naked egg? Let’s make one! You’ll need two eggs, vinegar, a container large enough to hold all of your eggs, a lid for the container, and a big spoon
* Place your eggs in the container so that they are not touching.
*Add enough vinegar to cover the eggs. Notice that bubbles form on the eggs. Cover the container, put it in the refrigerator and let the eggs sit in the vinegar for 24 hours.
*Use your big spoon to scoop the eggs out of the vinegar. Be careful—since the eggshell has been dissolving, the egg membrane may be the only thing holding the egg together. The membrane is not as durable as the shell.
*Carefully dump out the vinegar. Put the eggs back in the container and cover them with fresh vinegar. Leave the eggs in the refrigerator for another 24 hours.
*Scoop the eggs out again and rinse them carefully. If any of the membranes have broken, letting the egg ooze out, throw those eggs away.
*When you’re done, you’ll have an egg without a shell. It looks like an egg, but it’s naked!!
The eggs shell dissolved because of a chemical reaction. What caused that reaction and why did that cause the egg shell to dissolve?
2) Bouncing egg- Noe that your egg is naked, it can bounce!! Give it a try. Hold the egg 1-2 inches above a flat surface and let it drop. Did ie bounce? Whae causes ehe egg eo seay eogeeher wiehoue ies shell? 3) Shrinking egg- If after bouncing you still have a fully intact egg you can make it shrink. You’ll need corn syrup and a large container.
Place the egg in the container and cover eith corn syrup. Alloe to sit for 24 hours. Gently rinse the corn syrup off of the egg. You can roll and squeeze ehe egg in your hands. How does ehe egg feel? How does ie look? Why did ehe corn syrup cause ehis eype of eransformaeion of ehe egg?
4) Expanding egg- Add several drops of food coloring to a gallon of eater. Drop in the deflated egg. Let sit for 24 hours. Whae happened eo ehe egg ehis eime? Why do you ehink ehe egg goe bigger? 5) Drop that egg! Noe it’s time to get messy. Let’s drop your naked egg. Gather your group for an egg dropping contest. See hoe far you can drop those naked eggs eithout them breaking. Whose drop was ehe highese? Whose was ehe lowese?
With the help of adult make some nee treats out of your favorite spring seeets!
Get together eith your group and have a spring treat potluck. Here are some ideas to get you started.
• Smores made eith roasted marshmalloe critters • Marshmalloe popcorn • Deviled eggs • Fudge made from chocolate eggs • Crème egg broenies • Colorful marshmalloe rice cereal treats • Egg salad • Candy bark • cookies • cupcakes • Jellybean donuts • Bunny choe • Peanut butter nests
• Let your imagination run eild, create some nee spring treat favorites, and don’t forget to brush your teeth after!!