Easter is here and so are the activities that make the holiday fun with eggs. In the bright, festive colors of Easter, children painted their eggs at Killona Community Center. They weren’t actually eggs, but they were coloring pictures of them and it didn’t take away from their love for the holiday or their technique.
Aryjah Thomas, Gabby Alexander, Anyri Preston and Zaria Washington colored their eggs and then decorated an Easter tree. Eggs and little baskets dangled from its limbs, also in the welcoming pastel pinks, greens and yellows befitting the holiday.
They were joined by a dedicated volunteer, Frankie Austin, and Center Coordinator Blaire Minnich, as well as her assistant Trenee’ Royal.
At the St. Charles Parish East Regional Library, the Egg Drop Challenge offers a novel way to enjoy the holiday by saving the egg – literally.
“I am promoting this as a family program,” said Andree Leinweber, the library staff member hosting the challenge. “Families and groups of children will work together to build a protective structure around an egg. After construction, the eggs will be dropped from the library’s second floor to see if they will survive.”
The program, which she calls “a fun twist to just coloring eggs, is a first for the library.
All materials will be provided for the challenge, which will be held Wednesday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. at the library, 160 W. Campus Drive in Destrehan.
Leinweber said even though it’s after Easter, she planned the program during the week children are off school to get more participation.
“I hope to get parents to get involved in this project with the children,” she said. “I used to do this when I taught kindergarten.”
Families can encase a raw egg, which has first been safely enclosed in a Ziploc bag for easy clean up purposes, in a protective enclosure, she said. It can be a small box, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, newspaper or shredded paper. Some have even provided their egg with a parachute to survive the two-story drop.
Leinweber said the challenge has many STEM components, and it’s fun. In this activity, engineering comes into play. But she also sees it as a way of escaping technology, promoting a fun family get together like the times when people built kites, which she doesn’t believe children do much of anymore.
“The families will work as a team to wrap their egg in such a way that their egg does not crack,” she said. “You wouldn’t believe the contraptions that dads would come with.”
Participants will open their containers one by one after being dropped. They will receive a certificate stating, “My egg survived the Great Egg Drop” or “My Egg Cracked, looks like I’ll have to cook scrambled eggs!”