Looking for the perfect way to stop your kids smashing up the house?
Today, we’re diving into a DIY project that promises to sprinkle a little more alegría (joy) into our family festivities. Here’s our step by step guide to making your own Piñata.
As parents, we’re always on the lookout for activities that not only keep the little hands busy but also spark that delightful curiosity and cultural awareness.
Crafting a piñata at home can be a playful bridge to a hearty chat about the traditions, stories, and crafts that are treasured in Mexican culture. Why not enjoy some delicious mexican conchas alongside?
Plus, it’s a chance to involve the whole family in creating something that’s as fun to make as it is to break!
So, grab your tissue paper, flour, balloons, and let’s get our hands a little sticky. It’s not just about making a party accessory; it’s about making memories, sharing stories of cultural heritage, and yes, maybe getting a bit competitive over who makes the most beautiful piñata. Ready to start? ¡Vamos a empezar!
Make your own Piñata
STEP 1: Assemble your equipment
- tissue paper
- and lots of treats to put inside!
Here is a list of what to put in a piñata to help you out
STEP 2: Make the paste
Mix one part flour with one part water to create a paste.
STEP 3: Blow up your balloon
Make sure you cut your newspaper into thin strips ready for the next step too.
STEP 4: Cover the balloon with your paper strips
Dip the newspaper strips into paste, squeeze off excess and apply to the balloon. Cover the whole balloon at least two or three times then leave to dry for 24 hours.
STEP 5: Get painting!
Paint the balloon in your chosen colour. Once dry, gently pop and remove the balloon.
STEP 6: Decorate your balloon with colourful tissue paper
Top tip: cutting the tissue paper into strips and fraying the bottom is an easy way to add texture to your decoration.
STEP 7: Add the final touches
Fill with treats and sweets, hang it up – and get smashing!
Activity and images provided by WAHACA AT HOME
Find more ideas for fun things to do with the family and delicious Mexican recipes to cook at home at wahaca.co.uk/wahacaathome
More for Cinco de Maya
Or check out these fun mexican activities here at In The Playroom, which are perfect for Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
- Fun Free Printable Cinco de Mayo Bingo Cards Game
- 14 Free Printable Cinco De Mayo Coloring Pages
- How to Make a Pinata Cake
Anna Marikar, mum of four and seasoned blogger, has spent over a decade sharing her parenting journey and passion for kid-friendly crafts and free printables.
Her easy-to-follow craft ideas and practical parenting advice have transformed In The Playroom into a cherished resource for parents.