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7/19/2014 at 11:50:40 PM GMT
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La primavera
The holidays were a busy time, and now we have the AATSP Poster Contest in full swing!  But not to leave out the wonderful ideas for la primavera!  This time of year, we can include many ideas into our program:  Mexican Flag Day, La Páscua, el día de los niños, Cinco de mayo, El Día de las Madres, just to name a few important cultural opportunities.

One fun project to share with students - making Cascarones!

Did you know  (from

The History of Cascarones

Cascarones (photo by Vicky Garza)

Around Easter time, you may see children, as well as adults, running after each other with colored eggs in their hands, which then explode into confetti when they hit their desired target. These are called cascarones, or “confetti eggs”.

The idea was first seen in Asia and later brought to Italy by the explorer Marco Polo. The eggs were often given as gifts and were filled with perfumed powder. The custom then traveled to Spain and was later brought to Mexico in the mid-1800s by Emperor Maximilian’s wife. It was in Mexico that the perfumed powder was replaced with confetti.

Last edited Monday, November 4, 2019
7/19/2014 at 11:52:35 PM GMT
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El día de los niños

El Día de los Niños 

El Dia de los NinosFrom the National Latino Children's Institute: "El Día de los Niños-Celebrating Young Americans is a gift from the Latino community to all children. Many nations throughout the world, and especially within the Western hemisphere celebrate “Día de los Niños” on April 30th to honor and celebrate children—who represent the hopes and dreams of every community."
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Last edited Saturday, July 19, 2014
12/11/2016 at 4:19:40 AM GMT
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We did this in one of my classrooms! The student's loved it and it was a really fun day as a teacher as well!

12/12/2016 at 2:51:12 AM GMT
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I did not know the history behind the cascarones! This would be a fun activity to do with students in the Spring after a lesson on holidays in the Spanish Speaking world during that time of year.  

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