April 16, 2012

Eggs are Changing, Cracking and Green

Image by Coffeebreakwithlizandkate.com

What does your child know about old and new?  Brainstorm items that are old and the items similar to them that are new.

-Egg shell, Chick that has just hatched.
-Molted snake skin, Snake with fresh skin.
-Caterpillar or its chrysalis, Butterfly.
-Dead in sin, Alive in Jesus.
-Jesus on cross, Jesus resurrected.

You can think of inanimate objects as well:
-Dirty flat tire, Clean tire full of air.
-Broken down tree house, Repaired tree house.
-Old large box-style TV, New flat screen TV.

When something old goes away and something new takes its place, CHANGE occurs.  Change is how we grow.  Change is how we become better people.

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"  2 Corinthians 5:17

Read:  First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger.

Hard boil eggs together allowing kids to observe the steps, or hard boil them ahead of time before this lesson.  (Eggs will need to chill for two hours prior to peeling).

Show children how to carefully crack and peel an egg.  Talk about what is happening in descriptive language.

Talk about: 
-The amount of pressure to use to start the cracking.
-The twisty little lines that are the cracks.
-Can they hear it cracking?
-Touch the cracks carefully.
-How do you peel the shell off carefully?
-Is there a way to get all the little pieces off?
-Is there a way to get the whole shell off in one piece?

When you are done cracking the egg shell and peeling the egg, ask your children if there is a way to change it back.  Can the egg shell go back on how it was?  Try as they might, it can't go back!

Read the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

Humpty Dumpty by Annie Kubler (board book version without traditional illustrations)
Humpty Dumpty by Kin Eagle
The True Story of Humpty Dumpty by Sarah Hayes (a twist from the original)

Act out the story with props.

Color your cracked egg shells with a bit of food coloring.  Cut an egg shape out of paper.  Glue egg shell pieces to egg shape to make Humpty Dumpty.  Consider adding pipe cleaner arms and legs.

Next Time
Read: Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss

Follow this link to cook green eggs and ham of your own with your children!  There are also many other recipes on the internet if this one is not your style.

As you cook and observe, remind your kids of the questions we've asked this week about change (see above).  What changed about the green eggs and ham?  Can they change back?  When you eat the green eggs and ham, compare it to regular eggs and ham.  Do they taste the same or different?

Enjoy this one!

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