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Briana of Lewiston, ID 


What you need for this ZOOMdo:
  • raw eggs
  • thumbtack
  • butter knife
  • bowl
  • bowl of warm soapy water
  • towel
  • egg dye
  • markers
  • fine confetti
  • spoon
  • colored tissue paper
  • scissors
  • white glue
What you do for this ZOOMdo:

  1. It's a tradition in Mexico to make cascarones, confetti filled eggs, during Carnival, a big festival held every year. Cascarones are also played with in other parts of the world like Spain and in the Southwest of the United States. Breaking them is a tradition that is supposed to bring good luck. Briana says that making cascarones is a custom she shares with her family every year.
  2. Before you start, ask your parents for permission.
  3. On the top of the egg, poke a hole with a thumbtack. You may need an adult to help you with this part. Be very careful not to poke your fingers.
  4. On the bottom of the egg, make a hole about the size of a dime. Tap the end gently on a table, or hit the end with a butter knife. You should also use the thumbtack to break the yolk inside the egg. Shake the insides of the egg into a bowl and save them for scrambled eggs!
  5. Wash your egg with warm water and dry it off. Make sure to wash your hands well after you do this.
  6. Decorate your egg with egg dye or markers, or both.
  7. Then use a spoon to fill your eggs with confetti.
  8. Glue a small circle of tissue paper over the hole. You should pick a tissue paper color that matches the color you made the egg. Then you can disguise the hole! When the glue dries, you're ready to go.
  9. Remember, always play with your cascarones outside. Chase your friends and shower them with confetti by gently breaking the eggs over - but not on - their heads.
  10. When the eggs are broken over your head, you are "Showered with good fortune."
  11. Thanks, Briana!
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