New Year’s Day brought a fun new activity this year – we decided to make and break some cascarones!
Traditionally found in Mexico and parts of Central America, as well as some areas of the southwestern US, cascarones are confetti-filled eggshells, cracked over the heads of friends and family to bring luck. Cascarones are most often made at Easter time… but we decided to break tradition!
GoGoGirl is working on an “egg badge” for our scouting program, and together with the group leaders, we have been coming up with several egg-related projects she would like to do. I was already planning to have GoGoGirl make the scrambled eggs for breakfast when I thought it would be great fun to use the shells to make some good-luck cascarones for 2012.
I helped GoGoGirl open her eggs by cracking a quarter-sized hole at the bottom, then she shook the egg white and yolk out into a bowl for scrambling. While we were eating our delicious breakfast, I boiled water and added vinegar and food coloring so we could dye the shells.
The shells needed time to dry, so we got out a pile of scrap paper and all our fancy hole punches and scissors to make a bowl full of confetti. This was some serious fine-motor-muscle work, let me tell you! Even my hands were getting tired and sore of squeezing, squeezing, squeezing the hole punches, but no one gave up (not even me!) until we had an impressive pile of confetti.
We decorated our egg shells with markers and glitter, filled each one about two-thirds full of confetti, and covered the hole on the bottom by gluing on a piece of tissue paper.
The hardest part was waiting for the glue to dry!
Finally we took the eggs outside (there were only 11 – GoGoGirl squeezed when she should have been shaking, and broke just one into the bowl in the morning).
Oh the joy!
There are few things as thrilling as being allowed to crack an egg on your dad’s head!
Stomping, dancing, twirling in the confetti and the good luck swirling down over us!
I don’t know why we’ve never made cascarones except at Easter… it was a quick, easy, and exciting project for any holiday, big or small!