Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Perfume Eggs (Calazane Eggs) - Tutorial

Today as part of our celebrations for Shrove Tuesday and the end of the Carnival Season. I decided to make 'perfume eggs' or Cascarones after listening to Vilvaldi's Ring Of Mystery Audio CD with the children today.
Why did we listen to this? Because it has Carnival and Mardi Gras as  it 's backdrop.

Now I know that Cascarones are made with real eggs and this is a wonderful tutorial on that , but I didn't have time to  do that today or the ingredients - but I never let that stop me. So start thinking what can I do instead?
Hmmm what did I have to work with?
Well I just so happen to have some plastic Easter Eggs from last year, some paper confetti from goodness know what , (it seems to have lived in my pantry for years), lavender oil (for the perfume smell) and some legumes I from our Montessori pouring shelf.
Myffwyn wanted to help me and in fact after I showed her what to do she did them all and was so proud to have had this time together with me, just the two of us...very special indeed.

First off- pour the lavender oil on to the confetti and stir it in. Not too much though!
Then scoop up the brown lentil (or what ever you have handy) into the plastic egg.
Why the lentils? Well you kneed a bit of weight to have them crack open. so any thing will do..rice, peas etc.
Some of my older children suggested stones and marbles but I considered that a hazard.
Then the fun part of adding the confetti on top of the lentils, filling up the egg.
This was Myffwyn's favourite part I think.

Then put the top of the egg on and move onto another 'perfume egg'
Our little egg maker!
A completed set. Now we just need some targets....oh children look what we have for you!
After dinner we went out on the veranda, to avoid messy clean up, and.............
starred throwing them at each other. We were very careful and they are not that hard but do have a lovely 'splash' effect.
The pity of it was we really did not have enough!
I really like how they look as they lie there on the ground.

Praying you have a most blessed Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday or which ever term you use for this last day before the start of Lent.

Blessings to you and your homes,


Sarah Harkins said...

How fun! I'll have to keep this in mind as the kids get older. It seems like something older kids would LOVE!

Lisa said...

Love this! LOve your entire blog, in fact -- I have an award for you over at my place if you like passing them along. :)

Unknown said...

That looks like so much fun! What a great idea!


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