DIY Cascarones

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DIY Cascarones

Cascarones are no stranger to San Antonio celebrations often found at Fiesta, Easter, and even birthday parties!  These vibrant confetti-filled eggs are one of the best kinds of surprises you can spring on your friends and family.  However, the dying process can be quite the science egg-speriment since dye intensity can change in different solutions!  Are you ready to test out what type of dying solution will produce the most vibrant cascarón? Do you think it will be an acidic, basic, or neutral dye solution?  Join us in making cascarones and test this out while at home! 

Here is what you will need: 
  • Empty Eggshells 
  • Paper Confetti
  • Food Coloring 
  • Large Bowl or Tray
  • Vinegar 
  • Tissue Paper
  • Hot Water 
  • Scissors
  • Bowls and Spoons for Dyeing  • Glue
  • Measuring Spoons and Cups
Building Tips and Tricks:
  • Did you know? Cascarón is Spanish for “eggshell,” and the practice itself is thought to have originated in China?
  • The art of dying has existed for more than 5,000 years, long before the first Fiesta or Easter.
  • Create an eggshell inventory over time! Every time that you cook with eggs, puncture small holes at each end to drain the egg. Rinse out the emptied shell and allow it to dry.
  • The activity is messy. Embrace it and have a mini mess-tival. Follow the activity with a lesson in cleaning!
  • Don’t take pictures during the cascarone breaking if you’ve never had this experience before. Enjoy the moment and take pictures of the result instead! Yes, it is possible to get some really great images of the cascarones breaking and confetti flying. But it’s also possible to get an egg-cellent family photo of a group of laughing faces, heads covered in confetti when all is said and one.
  • Share your kids' cascarones on social media be sure to tag @TheDoSeum and use the hashtag #DoSeumAtHome.  We love seeing what everyone creates at home no matter how messy it gets! 

 

Ready to share your kids' cascarones? Be sure to tag @TheDoSeum and use #DoSeumAtHome we love seeing all that you create even when it gets messy! 


TEKS:

  • 112.11.b - (1)(A), (2)(B), (5)(A), (9)(A), (10)(B)
  • 112.12.b - (1)(A), (2)(B&E), (3)(B), (9)(A)
  • 112.13.b - (1)(A), (2)(B&E), (3)(B)
  • 112.14.b - (1)(A), (2)(A&D), (5)(B), (10)(A)
  • 112.15.b - (1)(A), (2)(A&D), (5)(B), (10)(A)
  • 112.16.b - (1)(A), (2)(B&C), (3)(A)

For more information on TEKS that were applied to this activity, please visit the TEA website.  

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