Gracie came up with the parachute idea, and wanted to make a bubble wrap-filled container that had a happy face and flight goggles. I thought that sounded pretty fantastic, and added the suggestion of making the container a mama chicken, tucking the egg safe inside.
We found the making of our chicken to be a pretty hilarious task, using plastic containers for the body, and gluing on terry cloth wings and a tail, and a sparkly pom-pom comb. Gracie made the feet, beak, and goggles out of scraps of felt.
After school, Gracie was very pleased to announce that only four eggs survived the drop.... And wouldn't you know it - not only did the Great Flying Chicken make Gracie's whole class laugh, but the Great Flying Chicken protected her egg!
"Gee, I don't know - you might need to build a container that's a little bit stronger than paper and tape," I said.
"No, this will work," she answered with conviction. "It's a helmet."
I didn't climb up to our roof, but I did drop her egg from a table over the back patio, about 10 feet from the ground.
"Let's drop it again!" Annelie exclaimed, because cracking eggs is FUN.
A very fun, if not slightly messy, experiment for all!