During Easter Week, when I was growing up in a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico, my cousins and I used to go to the jardin (downtown) and buy cascarones (cask-a-row-nees). Cascarones are egg shells filled with confetti or flour that kids would break over each other’s heads. You never knew what would fall out of the egg and that was part of the fun.
There are cascarones in Mexico and Easter eggs in the USA (I don’t quite understand why there are eggs during Easter, maybe somebody out there can explain it to me, please?).
My kids have learned how to paint and decorate Easter Eggs in past years, so this year it was time for them to learn how to make Mexican cascarones. Painting, decorating, and getting theirs hands wet was irresistible to them. I recommend trying it out; it’s a great activity for Easter Week. We invited a few friends over last Saturday and everyone had a great time making them. We did it outside and a couple got caught by the wind and ended up with dirt on them, but even those turned out looking interesting!
Now let me show you how we made them.
For the past week, we have been eating a lot of eggs and saving the shells: we tried to crack the tops so as to make the smallest holes possible while still easily getting the insides out. Then we rinsed them out well under the faucet. Then we submerged them in soapy water for a few minutes to clean them up some more. And finally, we rinsed them again and let them dry.
While they were drying, we set out the decorating materials: colors, paints, brushes, confetti, glue, and a few pieces of tissue and crepe paper to cover the holes at the end.
Let kids be creative painting, dyeing, and decorating their eggs. When they are done, leave the eggs to dry while the kids go play– mine climbed our backyard tree!
After and hour or so, come back and fill the eggs with the confetti. Put a little glue all the way around the top of the egg near the hole and cover with a piece of colorful tissue or crepe paper.
That’s it! In Mexico, we break them on Easter Sunday. Go break an egg!