Fresh eggs sink and older eggs float. Eggs have an air cell that become bigger as they age. Once the air pocket is big enough to make the egg less dense than water the egg floats!!
Another way to make an egg float is to increase the density of the water the egg is in! Once the water becomes denser than the egg, the egg will float.
This easy kitchen science experiment just needs salt, water and a container.
How to make an egg float
- A bowl or large glass
- Tap water
- Table salt
- Fresh Egg
- Fill the bowl or glass about ⅔ full with tap water.
- Drop the egg carefully into the bowl and watch as it sinks to the bottom.
- Remove the egg and add salt to the water stirring continuously. Keep adding salt until the egg floats.
Why does an egg float in salty water?
Objects sink when they are more dense than the water and float if they are less dense than water.
Adding salt increases the density of the water.
Once the water is more dense than the egg, the egg floats.
You could also try other objects and see what else you can make float. Why not try one of my other sink or float experiments?
More Kitchen Science Experiments for Kids
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I also have a HUGE collection of kitchen science experiments that will keep you busy for months!
Last Updated on March 3, 2022 by Emma Vanstone
This is one of the first science ‘tricks’ I remember from primary school days :0) its cool!
I love science experiments like this! Can’t wait to try it.
Mmmh, I am sure I was told a floating egg is a bad egg.. is this how you can play tricks on people too? 🙂
Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!
What a fun experiment. I can’t wait to put this experiment into our science lessons. I can’t believe how many fun experiments you do on your site. Educational and fun.
-Veronica @ http://watchmeplaynlearn.blogspot.com/
That is so cool. I never knew you could do that (unless the egg was bad) Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.
oh, you know I LOVE it! Keeping this in my back pocket for around Easter – perfect!!!
thanks for sharing on the sunday showcase! I pinned this!
I am doing this to show my class room 6.
Wow so cool
Had fun helping my daughter make it
This is the best prank to pull on my son. He is in collage and he is a great chef. knows everything! Thanks.