I declare an egg war.
Grab a dozen eggs and hardboil them.
How to Hardboil Eggs:
Put eggs in a pan, cover with water.
Turn the heat on high.
When the water starts boiling,
set your timer for 8 minutes.
When the timer dings, pull the eggs out
and place them in a bowl of ice to cool.
Give each participant an equal number of hardboiled eggs. Instruct everyone to DECORATE AND NAME their eggs. No egg is allowed to fight naked or anonymously. It’s simply against the rules. Give each person 1/2 an egg crate to house and protect their ‘team.’
Fun Decorating Supplies:
glitter • string • tape • pipe cleaners • paint • stickers
fabric scraps • crayons • markers • rubber bands • glue
To start, everyone chooses one egg from their personal team and writes that egg’s moniker on a slip of paper. Those names go in a hat or bowl or bag, 2 names are drawn, and those 2 eggs go to battle.
Please choose your battlefield ahead of time and stick to it, unless you’d like to fight a completely different war called “THAT’S NOT FAIR blah blah blah.”
Battlefield Option 1
2 eggs meet on a level field, like two trains on the same track
Battlefield Option 2
rock/paper/scissors for position of choice-
you can be egg 1, who rests on the table or
you can be egg 2, who bombs from above
Let me say, as a decorated veteran of many an Egg War, there is absolutely NO advantage to either battlefield option or egg position. I have won and lost from all of them. Your family or group will undoubtedly decide one is better than the others and bank their fate upon it. Go with it.
Warriors hold their eggs in their palm with the pointy side of the egg exposed for battle. Eggs take their position, as determined by Options 1 or 2 explained above. A referee gently counts 1, 2, 3… and the two eggs collide. Only one egg will crack.
There is no science to this, I promise. Sometimes, harsh cracks gentle. Sometimes gentle cracks harsh. Sometimes, egg 1 wins from the ground. Sometimes, egg 2 wins from the air. There is no need for anyone to get a running start or drop their egg from 5 feet above their opponent… a few inches of initial separation is all that’s required. Sometimes, very rarely, both eggs will crack and warriors must call in a sub from their cartons for a rematch.
Winners advance to the next round. Losers eat their cracked egg. You can play until all your eggs are defeated and there is one winner, or you can play one round at a time… saving the next round for the next Game Day, drawing it out and building the suspense. A final-four-ish bracket is super fun for keeping track of which eggs are destined for glory.
This is a great game for campfires, family reunions, college groups, office co-workers, sprinkler days, rainy days, boring days, winter days, Fri-days, you name it. The magic is in the decorating, the friendly competition, and the silliness. I confess, I have never played this with children… only adults! Obviously, the Littles will love it as much as the Bigs.
What’s your egg’s name?
Mine’s Flying Rebel Ninja...
And she will destroy you.