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Egg into a bottle trick

Egg into a bottle trick

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You will need:

  • One 1L glass bottle, the mouth of the bottle needs to be a little smaller than the size of the egg you are using. We used a old-fashioned milk bottle.
  • One Kettle, filled with tap water
  • One hard-boiled egg.
  • One oven mitten
  • Safety glasses
  • Adult help and supervision.
  • Be aware of egg vapour allergies in your class


Egg Into a Bottle Trick Science Experiment - setup_materials
1 Pouring hot water from a kettle into a glass milk bottle

Boil the kettle.

With the help of an adult, fill the glass bottle with boiling water, and let it sit for 20 seconds. Put on the oven mitt and pour out of the bottle and back into the kettle.


Wait for another 15 seconds.

3 Egg sitting on top of a glass bottle

Place a peeled hard-boiled egg on top of the mouth of the bottle.

4 An egg on top of a glass bottle being pushed into the bottle

Wait and watch as the bottle cools. Your egg should be pushed into the bottle.


You can speed up the process by blowing air on the bottle.

6 Expanding foam in a bell jar
7 Teacher showing how to do an experiment outside to a group of kids.

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8 A man holding a soda can with tongs and a bunsen burner heating the can base

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Why Does This Happen?

When you heat up the glass bottle with the boiling water, and then remove the water, the glass stays very hot. This heats up the air inside the bottle. Hot air rises, so a lot of the air inside the bottle rushes out the top. This creates an area of low pressure inside the bottle. When you cool down the bottle by blowing on it, the air that remained inside the bottle contracts, taking up less space, and reducing the air pressure inside the bottle even further.

Now you have what’s called a pressure differential, where the air pressure outside the bottle is higher than the air pressure inside it. Nature likes to exist in a more even state, and so the easiest solution is to put more air into the bottle until the pressure equalises. Of course, the egg is blocking the only entrance into the bottle, and so the air pushes it into the bottle in order to get access!
Further information

Air pressure is the force of molecules of air pushing against things and can be is a pretty powerful force. It’s responsible for a lot of the weather we see, including some of the wild weather that can cause damage to people and property. Humans also use the way air moves to power machines and make our lives easier.

Variables to test

More on variables here

  • Whatis the minimum water temperature required to get the egg into the bottle?
  • What is the minimum bottle opening size that can allow this to happen?
  • With an adult, try burning paper inside the bottle and then blow out the flames. Will the experiment still work?

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2 thoughts on “Egg into a bottle trick

    1. You need a wide mouth glass bottle so that the egg can fit through the opening. We’ve found that old-style milk bottles are best!

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