For those who have dreamed of cracking an egg over a certain someone's head, here's your chance. Real eggshells filled with bright confetti create loads of fun -- and quite a mess. So if this year's Easter plans include outdoor activities, easy-to-make confetti eggs might just be the perfect holiday surprise.You'll need:

Raw eggs. Large or jumbo sizes work best
Table knife
Toothpicks
Straight pin or ice pick
Markers or Easter egg dye
Paper confetti (2 cups per dozen eggs)
Tissue paper cut in 3/4-inch squares (optional)


Step 1: Empty Egg Shells

Rinse eggs under warm water and dry. Using the knife, break the shell at one end to create a hole about 3/4-inch in diameter. Discard the broken shell. Poke a small hole in the opposite end of the egg using the pin or ice pick. From the large hole, break the yolk with the toothpick and let the egg run out. Rinse shells thoroughly under warm water and let dry. Store shells in egg cartons until time to use.Note: Begin collecting shells a few weeks prior to Easter to have plenty in time for the holiday. If emptying several dozen eggshells at one time, the raw eggs can be frozen in an airtight container.

Step 2: Decorate Eggs Kids can carefully decorate eggshells using markers, or eggshells can be dyed using any egg dye kit. Kits designed to apply color by shaking the egg in a plastic bag work best for coloring empty shells. Let eggshells dry thoroughly before stuffing with confetti.

Step 3: Stuff Eggs Place the paper confetti in a large bowl. Hold the eggshell over the bowl and stuff confetti into the eggshell through the large hole. This is where kids' small fingers come in handy! Place filled eggshells upright in egg cartons until time to use. Option: Finish the eggs by gluing a small square of colored tissue paper over the hole to secure confetti.Note: Paper confetti is recommended since it quickly disintegrates for minimal cleanup.

Step 4: Have Fun! Crunch, smash or toss eggs to release confetti for colorful Easter fun for all ages. While toddlers will enjoy the confetti-egg activity, do keep the broken shells and confetti out of the reach of smaller children who might place it in their mouths.

Krista Fabregas founded KidSmartLiving in 1999 to help parents create safe, easy-care family homes with style. Find more family-friendly home decorating and living ideas, projects and products on the KidSmartLiving Web site at KidSmartLiving.com.