Incubation and Embryology - University of Illinois

Hatching Eggs


Math, Science, Language Arts




Students will understand things in the environment that affect eggs hatching.


  • game board
  • 1 coin
  • 24 paper eggs per student
  • envelopes for each game board


  1. Read the paragraph at the bottom of the game page. What would happen if all the eggs hatched?
  2. Have students identify the things that can keep eggs from hatching.

Have students play the game individually or in small groups. Each student starts with 24 eggs. The students flip a coin to move one or two spaces. (See game board.) The student keeps track of the 24 eggs throughout the game. Lost eggs are placed in an envelope. The one with the most eggs at the end of the game is the winner. At the end of the game, ask students which of the hazards in the game are caused by people? (too high or too low of temperature, too little or too much humidity) What can you do to protect the eggs?



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