Sanity Savers: Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Presented by: M&T Bank

By: Amelia Schrader
Senior Manager of Learning and Education

Materials:

Hard boiled Egg: Eggs (however many you want to make)
Large pot
Water
Timer
Shaving Cream
Food Coloring
Shallow Dish (a baking tray or pie plate work nicely) 
Paper
Egg: Construction or printer paper (any color but white is most vibrant) Shaving CreamFood Coloring ScissorsShallow Dish (a baking tray or pie plate work nicely)  

Sanity Savers: Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Length:

Set up: 5 Minutes
Inactive Time: 10-30 minutes
Activity: 5 minutes   
Academic Subject(s):Science, Art   
This lesson supports the following NYS Curriculum Standards:
ARTS.VA:Cr1
SCI: P-PS1-1 

Dying Easter Eggs is a favorite tradition for many across Western New York and the globe. This lesson will teach you and your family a new technique to try out this year! The great thing about this technique is it can be used on real hardboiled or blown eggs AND on paper to have a keepsake that will last a lifetime.  

Directions: 

Hardboiled Egg
Step 1: Carefully place raw egg into a clean pot. Fill the pot with water until it is about 1 inch over the top of the egg. Bring the water to a boil then start a timer for 7 minutes. I have an egg timer that goes right into the water with the eggs. However, you can just use a normal kitchen time or your phone as well! Once the timer expires, turn off the stove and carefully remove the egg from the hot water with a spoon. Allow egg to cool. It is important that you egg is completely cool, this activity will not work correctly with a warm egg.  

Sanity Savers: Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

Paper Egg
Step 1: Cut out the shape of an egg from your paper. The thinker the paper you have the better! However, plain printer paper will also work fine.

Sanity Savers: Shaving Cream Easter Eggs

 The next steps are the same for both type of egg:
Step 2: Spray the shaving cream into the shallow dish. I used a pie plate but you can use whatever you have in your home! Flatten the shaving cream using your finger or a dull knife or craft stick. Wipe excess shaving cream on the side of the dish or wash your hands in the sink.
Step 3: Drop food coloring into the shaving cream. You will notice that I like to use primary colors as often as possible! I love providing different, real life examples about how these primary colors mix together to make secondary colors! However, you can use any colors you want!  

Step 4: Swirl the shaving cream to mix the colors and create a marbled effect. You can use your finger or the utensil that was used to flatten the shaving cream. Please note if you use your finger like I did, the food coloring may leave a temporary stain on your skin.  

Step 5 (Paper Egg): Gently place your paper egg on top of the shaving cream. Then carefully pull the paper egg off of the shaving cream. If there is excess shaving cream on your egg wipe this off using your finger. The excess shaving cream can go back into the original shallow dish or be washed away in the sink.

 Step 5 (Hardboiled Egg): Gently place your cooled, hardboiled egg in the shaving cream. Carefully roll the egg around picking up the marbled color. Once your egg is completely covered, wipe off any excess shaving cream back into the dish or into the sink. You can also use a paper towel for this step.  
Step 6: Let both types of eggs dry. Drying time will depend on how much excess shaving cream was on the artwork.   

It’s as easy as that! This fun activity doesn’t have to relate to Easter! You can use this technique to make a lot of different types of art. You can even use this process to make cards for loved ones. The possibilities are endless when your imagination runs wild!

 Vocabulary Words

Boil: Raising the temperature of a liquid until it begins to bubble and turn into vapor 
Marbled: Having a streaked or patterned appearance.  
Primary Color: These colors cannot be created by mixing together other colors. The primary colors are red, yellow and blue. 
Secondary Color: These colors are created by mixing together two primary colors. The secondary colors are orange, green and purple. Orange is created by mixing red and yellow. Green is created by mixing blue and yellow. Purple is created by mixing blue and red.  

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Storytime: Rob Lederman reads Green Eggs and Ham

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss read by Rob Lederman

Dr. Seuss books are great for a child’s literacy development! These silly books teach rhyming words, encourage young readers to learn new words and helps readers practice fluency. The classic story, Green Eggs and Ham is no exception for these important literacy lessons!

Is there any food that you don’t like? When is the last time you tried that food? I challenge you to try this food again – especially if it is green!

Have you ever formed an opinion about something before trying it? Do you think it is important to try something before judging it? This can go for food, experiences or other life events.

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Storytime: Eric Wood reads Little Blue Truck’s Springtime

Sponsored by: M&T Bank

Little Blue Truck’s Springtime by Jill McElmurry read by Eric Wood

The Little Blue Truck books are a favorite in our Farm to Fork play zone! So many of the animals in these stories can be found while playing in our farm! With the arrival of spring this is a perfect story to share with you today!

Our story today had lots of baby animals! Next time you go for a walk with your family, count how many baby animals you see! Do you see baby ducks? Or see any bird nests with eggs? Are there any other animals you can find from our story?

This story is great for counting practice! Can you re-watch this video and count some of the animals on each page?

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Sanity Savers: Recycle Creations – Dinosaur Park

presented by national grid

Written by Dan Walsh
STEM Educator

Supplies ideas:

Any recycled materials around the house will help with this project! Shoebox, cardboard, construction paper, straw, tape, scissors, markers, rocks, fake grass, dinosaur  

Sanity Savers: Recycle Creations - Dinosaur Park

Length:

Build time: 1 hourA
cademic Subjects: Science
This lesson supports the following standards:    
ETS1.A: Defining Engineering Problems – A situation that people want to change or create can be approached as a problem to be solved through engineering. Such problems may have many acceptable solutions. (secondary to KPS2-2)  
ETS1.A: Defining Engineering Problems – Possible solutions to a problem are limited by available materials and resources (constraints). The success of a designed solution is determined by considering the desired features of a solution (criteria). Different proposals for solutions can be compared on the basis of how well each one meets the specified criteria for success or how well each takes the constraints into account.

Directions to construct a Dinosaur Park

Do you love dinosaurs!? Well, this project is for you. Ralphie the raptor is looking for something fun to do. He would like to build a park just for him. Ralphie has a few requirements. First, he would like tall grass to snooze in. Second, he wants a beautiful gate to enter through. Ralphie also prefers to have some shade, so the park will need a tree or two. You can take this park idea or build your own character. Mark the Mastadon wants to have a park somewhere cold. Sarah the sea scorpion wants a park underwater! 

1.)   The first thing we need to do is get a base. A single sheet of cardboard or a shoe box will work.
2.)   Draw out on a sheet of paper where you would like everything. How big would you like your gate? Do you want a fence around your park?  Where would you like to plant trees or place rocks?  
3.)   The gate seems complicated but there are a few options to make it work. If you are using a shoebox, the back can be cut up to act as a gate into the park. OR you can find a sheet of cardboard, cut an upper case T into it. Then glue two paper towel tubes to the back. (For the lights, luckily I had them laying around, I’m a nerd. You can find inexpensive LED’s and batteries on Amazon.) 
4.)   Depending on what climate your dinosaur park will be in, glue a few pieces of construction paper down onto the cardboard. Green can be grass, brown can be sand, blue can be water, white can be snow. 

5.)   For the palm tree, draw four separate leaves. I made my leaves jagged so they would be easier to cut out. Below is a picture of the template I used. The bottom is labeled tab. I glued the tabs one on top of the other to form a palm tree. Then I glued the four leaves onto a small strip of cardboard.   
6.)   Attached is a picture of the grass template I used. You can draw and cut the grass however you would like, but make sure you give yourself about a quarter-inch tab, so that you can glue the grass down onto your park easily. Glue your grass on the edges of your park to give it a full look.  
7.)   The rest of the project is open-ended! You can place rocks anywhere in the park if you have fake grass available that will make it look a little more real! Cutting a blue piece of construction paper would make for a nice pond. 

Sanity Savers: Recycle Creations - Dinosaur Park

Fun dinosaur facts:

Did you know the state dinosaur is the eurypterus remipes, which was a sea scorpion? Most of them were smaller but the biggest one ever found was four feet long.  Velociraptors were a little shorter then what we’ve seen in movies. A full-grown adult was about six feet long and up to two feet tall!  

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Sanity Savers: Egg Geodes

Supplies ideas:

Epsom salt food coloring
4 raw eggs
Glue
Paint brush
Bowls
Toothpick
Small pot
Stove 

Sanity Savers: Egg Geodes

Length:

Preparation: 1 hour
Observations: Up to 1 week

Academic Subjects:

Science 

Directions for Egg Geodes:     

Sanity Savers: Egg Geodes

Today we are going to act as geologists. Geologists study what makes up the Earth. The Earth is made up of all sorts of things like soil and rocks! Geologists even study geodes, which are crystalized rocks! This experiment will show you how geodes are formed over time!

1.)  This is a perfect project for the next time you are making eggs for breakfast or even cookies for dessert! As you crack the eggs, carefully try to not crack the egg in half. Rather create a small crack, pour the yolk out, and then make the crack the size of a quarter. If the egg does crack, don’t fret! A cracked egg will work just fine in this experiment, as long as it’s sort of bowl shaped.
2.)  Carefully rinse the egg out and try to pull the membrane off.
3.)  If you want you can dye your egg with food coloring and vinegar. You just need a teaspoon of white vinegar, and twenty drops of food coloring in a bowl. Then you can dip your egg in the dye with a spoon.
4.)  Next we are going to dry our egg completely out. Let the egg sit on a paper towel until it is dry.
5.)  Once the egg is dry, using a paint brush and glue, paint the inside of the shell with a thin layer of glue.
6.)  Sprinkle Epsom salt onto the glue and let it dry.
7.)  Boil a cup of water. Once the water is boiling, pull it off the heat and pour in half a cup of Epsom salt into the water. Stir the water until it dissolves. Then keep adding 1-2 tablespoons of Epsom salt until it does not dissolve. The water will be thick at this point!
8.)  Place the egg in your small bowl or container. Then fill the egg shell with the Epsom salt water.
9.)  Add a few drops of food coloring into the shell and stir with a toothpick, then let your egg sit. It may take a few days for the crystals to form, but it is worth waiting. Check your egg every day, if any small layers start to form on the egg, poke a hole through it.

Draw a picture of your geode each day to see how it changes! Drawing pictures is a method of observation. Each day you are recording new information about how your science experiment is progressing!

The water needs to dissolve completely! Once the water has dissolved the crystals will be fully grown!! Our geode is still grown!

Share a picture of your fully grown geode the Explore & More Facebook page and we will too!  

Vocabulary:

Geologist– A scientist that studies what matter makes up the Earth and how the world has been formed and how the Earth changes over time. Not only do geologists study rocks, they study minerals, soil, and liquids!

Geode: A geode is a hollow rock that crystals form on the inside! Most geodes look like normal rocks on the outside. Geodes are sometimes found near volcanoes or animal burrows. Minerals slowly seep into the rock and over time crystals form!  These crystals or minerals are only visible when the rock is cracked open.

Observation: to watch something carefully to gain information.  Fun Fact about Geology:  A trailblazer in the field of United States geology was a women named Florence Bascom, she is considered to be the first US women geologist. She became a geologist in 1896. She went on educate many women in the field of geology!       

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