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How to Make Fun Easter Traditions with Cascarones

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How to Make Fun Easter Traditions with Cascarones

Many people have passed down Easter traditions with Cascarones in their families for years, especially in Latino cultures. I didn’t know about these fun little confetti eggs until our son was in Pre-K, about 30 years ago.

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colorful cascarones confetti eggs for fun Easter traditions

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At that time, Jacob attended a little charter school that saw the importance of sharing other cultures’ traditions. At one point in the year, they had a carnival for the kids. Jacob kept talking about “Cascarones,” but I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about until that night. I am pretty sure that was our first stop at the carnival.

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He was even more excited to show us these fun little eggs because all of the students made them to help raise money for their class. We bought several and had a lot of fun showering each other with confetti! This was the beginning of our family traditions with Cascarones.

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Our Family Traditions with Cascarones

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Once Jacob got out of Pre-K and moved on, we pretty much forgot about Cascarones. As far as I knew, you couldn’t purchase them anywhere, and we never thought about making them.

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When the kids became adults, someone (maybe me) found them in a store and got a dozen. We found out that 12 eggs was not enough, so the next year we got more.

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The Year We Almost Didn’t Have Cascarones

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I will say that Jay was not a big fan of the mess all over the yard. Some of the confetti actually made it’s way into the house as well. That part was not fun.

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The Easter after we lost Jacob, we all doused each other with the Cascarones in honor of him, because he had always had such fun with them. Later, we went to the cemetery and showered a confetti egg over his gravesite. We knew that he was not there, but sometimes traditions can help you go through the grief process.

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The next year, we decided not to get any. Jay thought the mess was just too much, and I just went along with him. As Easter came, it was really bothering me. On our way home from church that Easter, I told Jay that I really wanted to get some. I explained that it was a tradition that started with Jacob so many years ago, and he loved it. Besides that, all of the kids and adults loved it too.

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On our way home, we stopped at every store – no Cascarones were left! The disappointment was real! As we got home and got Easter lunch ready, Jay disappeared. The next thing I knew, he was texting me to eat without him. Without me knowing, he had put a post out on Facebook, asking if anyone had any Cascarones they would be willing to share. Really? Who would give their family fun up for someone else?

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Good friends would do that! Friends who lived about 20 minutes away saw his post and reached out to him. They willingly gave us some of their Cascarones. He snuck away and got them! The Easter traditions with Cascarones continued! Now it meant even more to me. He went through a lot of trouble to get them, because he knew how badly I wanted them.

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How to Make Your Own Cascarones

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Not only are the Cascarones fun to play with, they are also a fun family activity to make. These confetti filled eggs are really easy to make. Remember, the Pre-K students made them for their festival. Here are the steps:

  • Chip the tip of the eggs off, making holes on the very top of each egg – about 1/2 an inch.
  • Empty the eggs into a container. You can use the eggs for cooking later.
  • Rinse the eggs well, and put them upside down to drain and dry completely.
  • Dye the eggs according to the package directions, and let them dry.
  • Fill the eggs with confetti.
  • Put a small amount of glue around the hole on the eggs.
  • Secure a small piece of tissue paper to the glue on the top of the eggs.
  • After the glue dries, they are ready to go.

Tips for Using Cascarones

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Cascarones confetti family fun an Easter tradition
  • Hide them like Easter eggs, even the adults have fun with this one.
  • Make sure the Cascarones are outside before anyone gets a crazy idea.
  • Smash the egg in your hand over the person’s head instead of on the person’s head. (The pictures above are examples of what not to do.) LOL!
  • Don’t worry about the mess! The rain will wash it all away, and the eggshells are probably good for the yard.

Here are a couple of sites with more detailed directions and ideas:

Nellie’s Free Range not only gives directions to make Cascarones, but it also gives a good history about them.

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These directions were taken from the Pre-K Pages website. It also includes some other activities you can do with your Pre-schoolers.

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Check out both of them, but if you decide you would just rather buy them, Wal-Mart and many grocery stores now have them, as well as Amazon. See the link below.

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Related Posts

For another fun family tradition, see our Christmas Pajama Party. There is also a delicious Peanut Butter Fudge recipe included on the post.

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Do any of you have Easter traditions with Cascarones in your family? I love to hear about other family traditions. Please share yours in the comments.

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Have a Grace & Joy-filled Easter (Resurrection Sunday)!

Susan

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