The Seasoned Kids
Lesson 11: Cracking Eggs
The lesson that all parents roll their eyes at when thinking about it! Kids beg to crack eggs, yet if we’re being honest, half of us suck at cracking eggs ourselves. This one definitely puts your patience to the test, so don’t do this if you don’t have time to spare! It’s also important to realize that this lesson is going to take lots and lots of practice. It’s not something that’s going to happen perfectly the first time like stirring or spreading.
How to Start
We aren’t talking cooking eggs here, just cracking, but we’ve still got lots of great info for you. First, we suggest starting with hard boiled eggs, especially if you are getting your kids into the kitchen early. Our little has been cracking eggs since she was about 2 1/2, so this is definitely possible. Wait until the hard boiled eggs are completely cooled, and then have the kids work on learning how to lightly crack on a flat surface. Once cracked, teach the importance of why you can’t eat shells and you have to be extremely careful not to get shells into your food. Once you think your little has these ideas down, then move onto cracking raw eggs.
Tips for teaching your kids how to crack eggs
- Use a learning tower to get them stable at the counter
- Standing on a stool or sitting on the counter, doesn’t stabilize kids as much as a tower will
- Always teach to crack on a flat surface like a counter
- Teach kids to lightly tap the egg onto the counter until they start to see a crack
- Using both thumbs, push their fingers down and pull apart the sides
- Use an extra large bowl to avoid any spillage of the eggs
- Make them look for shells inside the bowl before using the eggs
- If a shell gets into the bowl, use the large shell to attract the small piece inside the bowl like a magnet
These Snowman Deviled Eggs are the perfect way to start teaching about cracking eggs. Then you have your dish for holiday get togethers ready at the end. It’s a win/win! Watch the video, then grab the full recipe below!
- 6 hardboiled eggs
- 1/4 cup mayo
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
- black olives, finely chopped
- 1 baby carrot, cut into 12 small pieces
- Remove the cooked yoke from the hardboiled eggs and put inside a bowl.
- Mash the yolks until crumbly.
- Add the mayo, mustard, salt, and pepper and mix until well combined.
- Spoon the mixture into the eggs.
- Add bits of olives for the eyes and mouth.
- Add a carrot piece for a nose.
- *Tip: If assembling for a get together, Place one egg up and two eggs down. Add peppercorns for the buttons, rosemary for the arms, and a string of celery for the scarf. Place remaining snowmen deviled eggs around centerpiece.
This post is a part of our “The Seasoned Kids”, kid’s cooking series. Learn more about The Seasoned Kids here.
- Week 1: Teaching Importance of Washing Fruits and Vegetables + Berry Parfait Recipe
- Week 2: Learning to Stir + Cranberry Coconut Energy Bites
- Week 3: 3 Ways to Mash + Overnight Oats Recipe 3 Ways
- Week 4: Spreading + Peanut Butter and Jelly Spider Sandwiches
- Week 5: Tearing + Bugs on a Log
- Week 6: Pouring + Chocolate Peanut Butter Yogurt Popsicles
- Week 7: Measuring & Weighing + Holiday Pudding Cups
- Week 8: Sifting + Snowball Bites
- Week 9: Knife Skills + Banana Santa Snacks
- Week 10: Whisking + Pretzels Santa Hats