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Hard Boiled Egg

Peeling eggs helps develop finger dexterity

Month 1 · Activity 17 · Cooking  


  • 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


Let the child only peel the eggs


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


Where do we get eggs?

How many compartments are in an egg carton?

How many eggs are in a dozen?


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