PIÑATA PARTY: Activity Zone - Mexico

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Creative Art
  • Wellness
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 
30minutes

Group Size: 

  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)
  • Gymnasium (large indoor space)
  • Outdoor - Field
Objective: 

For participants to be creative and create their own piñata, and learn about Mexican culture.

Equipment: 

Paper lunch bag
Newspaper
Candy or other treats
Different colors of tissue paper
Scissors,
Glue,
Hole punch,
String

Set Up: 

Have paper lunch bags for each participants.
Have treats for participants to put in their piñatas.
Instructions from dltk-kids.com printed.
All material prepared.

Step by Step: 
  1. Most Mexican parties include a piñata, which is a brightly coloured paper container filled with sweets and/or toys. Blindfolded children try to break the piñata using a stick in order to collect the treats that are inside.
  2. Authentic piñatas are made with papier maché, but a papier maché craft can get quite messy for younger children.
  3. Instead, invite each participant to create a very simple piñata using paper lunch bags.
  4. Find the instructions at: http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/mexico/simple_paper_bag_pinata.htm.
  5. Hang the finished piñatas around the room and play the traditional game of asking each participant to try, with their eyes closed, to hit another participant’s piñata with a ruler and enjoy the treats that are inside.
  6. Remember to emphasize the importance of sharing and make sure that all participants, whether they manage to break a piñata or not, get an equal share of treats.
Safety Considerations: 

When participants are attempting to hit a piñata, be sure there are no other participants in the way or obstacles.
Always be supervising and watching the participant who has the ruler and is blindfolded.

Variations: 

Allow participants to bring their piñatas home, instead of breaking them, if they wish. 
Create piñatas just for the use of hitting them down, so participants can keep theirs. 
Have popular Spanish songs playing in the background.

Adaptations (General): 

Provide support or have other group members assist participants with a disability who may need additional help.

Source: 

Passport to Games Resource Guide