Pinatas - Available from the Party People

Pinata. A fun game for kids parties. Remember going to birthday parties as a kid and enjoying the games. The pinata was possibly one of the games played by excitable kids while host parents tried to keep the enthusiasm under control. Perhaps as a parent, you have hosted a birthday party and thought playing Pinata was a great idea.  You may have a memory as a child or an experience as a parent to share!

BoscoBear loves to play Pinata.
Pinata is BoscoBear's latest game to be played by BoscoBear friends. Join in the fun on BoscoBear's Facebook page. Fun for everyone. Lots of prizes to be won. Tell all your friends. Anyone can join. Just post a 'like' to a Pinata game comment on the Facebook page and you are in the game. Starting early January and finishing when all the prizes have fallen out.. 

Butterfly Pinata from the Party People

What is the origins of Pinata? No one is sure when or where the Pinata originated. It may have come from China where it was a New Year celebration. It may have begun in early Europe as a religious practice to mark Lent and become particularly popular in Italy and Spain. Spanish Conquistadors may have taken the idea to Mexico where it blended with earlier Aztec rituals. Interestingly, 'pignatta' means 'pot' in Italian. Early Italian celebrations involved a pignatta filled with sweets and trinkets, hung from a rope and swung while a blindfolded player struck at it with a stick. When the pignatta was broken, guests would pick up the fallen prizes. 

Pinata today
Whatever its origin, in Australia, the Pinata is seen as a fun game played by both children and adults. The Pinata can be purchased from party shops or made at home. Sizes and shapes vary. Pinatas are typically filled with goodies. Traditionally, the Pinata is hung and attempts are made to break it open with a stick. A player is blindfolded and usually spun before being placed in front of the Pinata. Others join in by trying to misdirect the blindfolded player. Lots of fun.

How to make a Pinata.

How to make a Pinata.

There are lots of web sites telling how to make Pinatas. This is an easy-to-follow example. Check it out @ Chevron Cars learning site for kids. 
"Pinatas are found at almost every Mexican celebration. Pinatas were traditionally in the shape of a six-pointed star and were filled with fruit, candy, and small toys. Today they are designed in all types of shapes, including animals, plants, and flowers. At fiestas, the pinatas are hung in the air and children are blindfolded and take turns swinging at the pinatas. Eventually, the pinata is hit hard enough and it breaks releasing the candy and toys that it contained. Try making your own pinata at home.

•2 cups flour •3 cups water •1 balloon •newspaper •paint, crayons, or markers •colored crepe paper •string

1. Blow up a large balloon and tie the end 
2. Mix the flour and water together until it makes a smooth paste 
3. Cut the newspaper into long 1 inch thick strips and dip into the flour/water mixture 
4. Carefully place the strips on the balloon until it is covered, leaving a hole at the top 
5. Set aside and let the balloon dry 
6. Place another layer of newspaper dipped in the mixture over the balloon and let dry 
7. Repeat with one more layer, making sure you leave the hole at the top 
8. When dry, pop and remove the balloon 
9. Paint your pinata with different designs and colours 
10.I f desired, hang coloured crepe paper from the sides and bottom 
11. Punch 2 small holes in the top near the opening and string a large piece of string through the two holes 
12. Fill your pinata (through the hole you left at the top) with candy, toys, or any other fun surprises. You should also fill with strips of newspaper so the surprises are not all in one location 
13. Tie your pinata in the air with the string and have fun! 

You can be very creative with this project. You can design your pinata into any shape (animal, flower, etc,) with your imagination. Use thick, coloured paper filled with scrunched up newspaper and glue or tape to add any details to your basic pinata structure." 

Join BoscoBear's 'Back To School' Pinata game.
You can be a winner. Prizes include BoscoBear product. Win labels for school, blackboard wall stickers
growth chart wall stickers etc.