Monday, April 11, 2011

Confetti Eggs

 You don't need a lot of money to create lasting family memories.  Some of the best times our kids remember are when traditions were established and then carried out each year.  When my older children were small our neighbors had a fun tradition of making confetti eggs, hiding them at Easter time, having their kids find them, then they would run around and smash the eggs on each other.  Talk about memorable!  I thought it was a terrific idea.

We love to decorate eggs, but how many hard boiled eggs can a small family eat?  We found that if we started saving empty egg shells a few weeks before Easter, then we would have a good amount to color, hide and find, in addition to the plastic candy-filled eggs.  My family isn't so small any more, but this activity has become a yearly tradition that we look forward to each Easter.

To make confetti eggs you need three things:
  1. Eggs, devoid of contents, rinsed and dried--we save ours in empty egg cartons on top of the fridge.
  2. Color medium of choice--we chose food coloring from our cupboard.  Crayons, markers, water colors, or those fun boxes of Easter egg dyes all work great as well.
  3. Confetti--we used paper from our shredder--an awesome way to use those unwanted credit card offers!
 This is how I like to crack an egg so it can still be filled with confetti:

  •  Tap one end of the egg on the counter.
  • Peel away the broken shell, leaving most of the egg shell  intact.
  •  Dump out the egg into your recipe of choice.  Putting it into a separate bowl first gives you the chance to brush out any stray shell pieces.
  • Rinse the egg with water.
  • Allow to air dry--an empty egg carton is a great storage container!
  • Save up enough eggs for lots of egg coloring fun.
  • Color eggs.  These eggs need to be handled a little more carefully than hard boiled ones, but they work well with dipping in egg colors.
  • Dry thoroughly.
  • Add confetti.
  • Hide the eggs.
  • Send kids out to find the eggs.
  • Chase everyone around and smash the eggs on them.  If your kids are small, have them chase daddy or mommy around and get them with the eggs.

Happy Easter! ~Lena


Lee-Ruth-Clark-Cal-Shanna-Haley-Elden said...

Smashing eggs looks so fun!!! We need to start doing that...we go through LOTS of eggs!

Lois said...

Fun! We'll have to start doing this too!

Mari said...

I think I know that neighbor who you started the tradition after. Oh wait that would be our family. Glad you enjoy it.

The Five Sisters said...

Too bad we moved away from that wonderful neighbor who does such fun things!