Eggs That Bounce? Here's How To Do It

Updated: Sep 24

Eggs are awesome, and this experiment will prove it!

What do you think will happen if you drop an egg on a table or the ground? Splat. Easy, right? Well did you know you can make eggs bounce? All you have to do is put them in vinegar for awhile.

All bird eggs, including chicken eggs, have a shell made of calcium carbonate. Vinegar is an acid, and it causes a chemical reaction when exposed to the calcium carbonate. You can tell it’s working when you see small bubbles coming off the shell. That is carbon dioxide gas.


Once the shell of the egg is gone, all that is left to hold the insides of the egg together is a thin membrane. The vinegar penetrates the membrane and toughens it up. Now you can bounce the egg!

Don’t believe it. Watch and see for yourself.


Here's what you will need to try this yourself:

  • An egg or eggs

  • A glass or container to hold the egg

  • Vinegar

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