Monday, January 4, 2010

Pinata Time

How to Make a Pinata for Two Year Olds
(Note: this is different from making one for bigger kids. I'll explain...)

Blow up a balloon and mix 1 cup flour with 2 cups water. Cut newspaper into small strips and place the balloon in a bowl. Get out the craft smocks and a vinyl tablecloth if you have one, because this is going to get messy.

Let two year old dip newspaper strips into glue mixture. Try not to freak out as it gets all over the floor. Help him to plaster a layer over the balloon. Leave an opening where the balloon is tied so that you can fill the pinata after it has dried. Place the balloon in a safe place overnight. Repeat the process the next day and let the balloon dry again overnight. Most pinata instructions will tell you to apply 4-5 layers, but unless you want to watch your little ones beat down the pinata for hours on end, I'd stick with two. Also, you have a two year old- you don't have time for 4-5 layers.

Pop the balloon and patch up any holes with scotch tape. Paint your balloon (fish are super easy!) and fill it with random junk from around the house. Put a string through the top and stuff some tissue paper in the opening (or don't...). Attach to a broom, hand your kids some wooden spoons, stand back, and enjoy.

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