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Level: Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: K and up | Age: 5yrs and up | Written by: Wendy Payne
[Wendy is a homeschooler from Missouri.]

Learn how to make a pinata using a balloon.

What You Need:
What You Do:
This project takes about 5 days to complete but doing a little each day makes it fun.
  1. Blow up the balloon not too tight.

  2. Make a flour and water paste.

  3. Cut the newspapers into strips.

  4. Dip the newspaper strips into the flour/water paste and apply to the balloon.

  5. Let dry over night.

  6. Repeat this process for 4 more days.

  7. On the 5th day let completely dry and begin to paint.

  8. Small children can finger paint and older children can paint with a brush.

  9. After it is completely dried, cut a hole in the top to add the candy.

  10. Add candy.

  11. Poke holes on opposite sides to put the string through.

  12. Tie onto a pole.

  13. Enjoy like a regular pinata.

Optional: Instead of paint, you can decorate the pinata with tissue paper, as in the photo above.

Recommended Books/Products:

The Pinata Maker/El Pinatero
by George Ancona
Don Ricardo, or Tio Rico as he is called by the children, is the pinata maker of Ejutla de Crespo, a village in southern Mexico. Told in English and Spanish by award-winning author/photographer George Ancona, "El Pinatero/The Pinata Maker" documents this traditional Latin American art, and offers readers a fascinating glimpse of Mexican village life.

Hooray! a Pinata
by Elisa Kleven
Clara chooses a little dog pinata for her birthday party and begins to like it so much that she takes it on walks, feeds it, and makes it her very special friend, deciding to keep it as a pet rather than use it as a pinaata on her birthday.


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