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Papier-Mâché Piñata

by Trish Kuffner, author of The Preschooler's Busy Book

These simple instructions will help you build a piñata at home with your preschooler.


Materials

  • Large inflated balloon
  • String
  • Newsprint or other paper
  • Papier-mâché paste
  • Small toys and candy
  • Crepe paper or tissue paper
  • Paints

Directions

  1. This is a great project to make for a birthday party or other special occasion.
  2. Hang a big balloon from a string and cover it with many layers of paper and paste, leaving a hole about six inches in diameter at the top of the balloon, around the string.
  3. This will take several days to dry. When dry, pop the balloon and pour in toys and candy, then cover the opening with more paper and paste.
  4. Let dry again, then decorate the outside with fringed crepe paper or paints.
  5. Have the children try to break the piñata by taking turns swinging at it with a toy baseball bat or golf club.