Thursday, July 30, 2020

After the Fall - Egg Drop Challenge

I have a new favorite children's book and I feel like that's a bold statement - but if you've ever read  "After the Fall" I have a feeling you might agree with me.

"Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after?

Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most.

Will he summon the courage to face his fear?

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up." (from Amazon page)

It is seriously THE SWEETEST and most uplifting book and has such a great message for kids and adults.  I cried the first time I read it - it's a great one!

If you love "After the Fall" as much as we do and are looking for an activity that will excite all ages this one is for you...

We decided to have our own "humpty dumpty egg drop challenge" earlier this week and the kids (especially my boys) dubbed it the BEST AFTERNOON EVER!!!

I gave the kids 30 minutes and pretty much free rein to create a "vehicle" that could keep their own humpty dumpty safe from a REALLY big fall.  It was so much fun to see their thought processes and design implementation and when they were done Dave and I surprised them by taking them to the biggest drop we could find :) 

Luke's design was well thought out and his egg survived without a scratch...

Mason's design wasn't pretty BUT it did the job and "Eggbert" made it through whole!

There was SO MUCH TAPE and I loved the bowl he put on the bottom as "landing gear".

While supply gathering Griffin found a block of styrofoam and essentially that was her structural design and then she spent the rest of her 30 minutes decorating ;)

And Eggy survived!

After the first round of drops they wanted to see if their eggs would survive a second drop and we laughed SO HARD because Griffin's device came apart, launched foam everywhere (don't worry we picked it all up) and her egg literally was thrown from the balcony...

... and SURVIVED!  What in the world?!?! 

This was so easy, took no prep on my part and is something that my kids were SO EXCITED to do!  

I have plans to do it again, but make it a bit more of a challenge by giving them each the same set of supplies like 10 paper straws, 30 tooth picks, 6 marshmallows, a paper bag, etc.  because I feel like this was almost too easy. 

HAPPY Thursday, friends!!!

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  1. Should I plan this for our next dinner at my house?!?! :) hahahaha

  2. We hosted an egg drop a couple years ago and invited a bunch of our homeschooling friends too. Each kid built something at home and took turns launching their egg. All survived but a few wanted to re-design and see if they could get their eggs to break. It was so fun and so easy! I didn't do anything but pull out recyclables and snap photos. Our elementary school used to this annually for the 4th grade students and I had such great memories.

  3. Can I come live at your house? LOL

  4. What fun! Cracking up at G spending most of her time decorating. Reminded me of a group project my son did in high school. They were making windmills. He was on a team with a group of girls. They showed up at our house to build the windmill with a bottle of pink paint and several containers of glitter. My husband and I were cracking up. My son built the windmill and the girls decorated it! :)

  5. We did this at school at Christmas time and the idea was that they had to design a sleigh for Santa that would protect the presents (the egg). It was a fun twist. Catapults are also a fun activity. We did those at Halloween with candy pumpkins. I love connecting literature and STEAM.


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