Child Development Class Egg-speriences Annual Activity


Ainsley Meyerson

Students in Child Development carry eggs to represent the duties of having a child

You may have seen some students in the halls or classrooms carrying around eggs and no, they are not from the cafeteria. Students in the Child Development class were instructed to create a carrier for an egg and care for the egg over the course of a week. The egg represented a real child and the struggles of taking a child with you everywhere you go. While carrying their egg, students also had to haul all of their school supplies around, being careful to keep the egg safe from harm as you would a real child.

Child Development instructor Michaela Tigani said the egg activity gives students an interactive way to see how a child would develop.

“Each day the baby grows, we talk about the growth and development,” Tigani said. “We talk about the food and nutrition, [and one of the days the students] are actually tasting baby food. [It’s] just a fun way of learning how to take responsibility for something and interacting with other people, but also knowing that it’s very hard to take care of something without it breaking or getting hurt or anything like that.”

Tigani said the majority of students make it through the week without breaking their egg.

“I’d say about 70% [of students] don’t have to make their egg again,” Tigani said.

Mariah Rios, a freshman in Child Development, said she had many challenges with bringing her egg to all of her classes.

“[It’s challenging] having to bring it around to all of your classes without leaving it somewhere because it’s kind of small and it can easily drop,” Rios said. “It’s a hassle to carry it around with all of the other stuff you have.”

Rios said through the assignment, she realized how challenging it would be to have a child in real life.

“[I learned] that having an actual kid can be really hard and stressful sometimes,” Rios said. “You have to make it a priority and bring it everywhere. You can’t forget about it.”

Sophomore Dani Acers said that the assignment helped her to realize the struggles surrounding teenage pregnancy.

“To have a child, especially this young, it’s kind of impossible.” Acers said.