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Hard Boiled Egg

Peeling eggs helps develop finger dexterity

Month 1 · Activity 17 · Cooking  

Instructions

  • Use one or more eggs to make hard boiled eggs
  • Place egg in a saucepan and fill with water until the egg is covered. Put a lid on the saucepan. 
  • Place on the stove, turn on the stove, and listen/watch until the water is boiling
  • Turn off the heat but keep the saucepan covered and on the burner
  • Set a timer with your child for 20 minutes. Leave on the stove with burner turned off until the timer rings. 
  • Remove saucepan from the stove and pour out the hot water carefully
  • Now cover the egg with ice and cold water or just cold water. Set the timer for 10 minutes.
  • When the timer rings it is time to take out the egg and peel 
  • Let child hit egg on a counter for cracks to appear and peel away the shell. As child is touching the shell let him tell you how it feels.
  • Rinse carefully so all of the shell is removed
  • Let the child cut the egg in half using a plastic knife. Ask him to point to the yellow part of the egg and see if he can remove the yellow yolk and place it on a plate.
  • Combine the egg yolk and egg white and smash into small pieces with a folk
  • The egg can be eaten like this or added to a salad

Simplify

Let the child only peel the eggs

Extend

Add mayonnaise, pickle relish, and salt and pepper to taste for egg salad

Encourage the child to spread the egg salad on a piece of bread or cracker

QUESTIONS FOR CHILD

Where do we get eggs?

How many compartments are in an egg carton?

How many eggs are in a dozen?

Materials

  • egg
  • stove
  • timer
  • plastic knife
  • Math & Science Skills
  • Motor Skills