First grade cascarones

April 16, Mrs. Tunby’s first graders started to make a very unusual project called cascarones which they read about in their reading book.

 

 

Posted May 9, 2014

By Janessa Kings

April 16, Mrs. Tunby’s first graders started to make a very unusual project called cascarones which they read about in their reading book. What is a cascarone? A cascarone is a confetti filled egg. This egg comes with an unusual custom of smashing it on someone’s head to show that you care for them and to bring them good fortune. The cascarone originated in China, and it is said that Marco Polo brought them to Spain from his visits there. They were then introduced to Mexico in the 1860s and are still used in Mexican celebrations as well as in southern North America.

How does someone make these strange eggs? To start, Mrs. Tunby hollowed out some eggs by making a large hole in the bottom of each egg. Then, the first graders colored them in Easter egg dye. The next day, the first graders filled the eggs with some confetti and sealed them with paper and glue.

The first grade had an “egg”cellent time making this unique project. You could even say it was simply smashing.