Saturday, May 2, 2009

Early Childhood Education-"Cinco De Mayo Confetti Eggs"


Confetti eggs or Cascarones are a popular part of many Mexican celebrations, including Cinco de Mayo. Your kids will love the tradition of papaqui or "egg smashing" where everyone gets a chance to smash an egg on someone’s head, releasing all the colorful confetti!! This is a fun project to make with your children in daycare or preschool.

WHAT YOU NEED
  • Dozen eggs
  • Mixing bowl
  • Red and green permanent markers
  • Confetti (red, white and green if possible)
  • Red, white and green tissue paper
  • Glue stick
  • Safety scissors

HOW TO DO IT
  • Gently tap the narrow end of a raw egg.

  • Peel away a small hole (about 1/2 inch in diameter).

  • Empty the contents of the egg into the mixing bowl.

  • Rinse out the egg thoroughly. Set each emptied egg back in the egg carton with the open end facing down to let the excess water drain and let the egg dry out.

  • Use red and green permanent markers to decorate the outside of the egg. You can write these words and phrases as well: "Viva Mexico!" "Ole!" Cinco de Mayo.

  • Let the eggs dry completely (about 1 hour) and then fill each with confetti.

  • Cut twelve 1 inch squares of colored tissue paper. Use a glue stick to adhere a tissue square over each egg opening.

  • These confetti eggs are a fun addition to your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!

TIPS
  • Instead of buying packages of confetti, you and your kids can cut up brightly colored ribbons to put inside the hollow eggs. You can also add the contents of a 3-hole punch.

  • Have a broom handy to sweep up all of the confetti once the "egg smashing" is over.

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