4-17 Making a Pinata

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Making a Piñata

  Piñatas originated in Italy.  Early Spanish piñatas were clay jugs called "ollas."  A piñata is a hollow shaped container filled with treats (wrapped candy, gum, etc.).

  To make a piñata you will use papier-mâché.  Papier-mâché is a French word that means "chewed or pulped paper." Measure about 1 cup of water and pour it into a container.  Measure and add about 1 cup of flour to the water.  Mix the water and flour until it is thick like gravy.  Cut or tear newspaper into strips that are about 1 1/2 inches wide.

  Blow up a balloon and tie it.  Dip each strip of newspaper into the flour mixture and put it directly onto the balloon.   Cover the entire balloon, EXCEPT a small opening at the bottom.  This will be used to fill the piñata with treats.  Put several layers of newspaper strips on the balloon.

  Pop the balloon when the layers of newspaper are dry.  Reach in the hole and pull out the remains of the balloon.  Fill the papier-mâché sphere with wrapped candies and tape over the hole securely with masking tape.

  Decide how you want to decorate the piñata.  Select the color of paint you want and paint the sphere.  You may decide to make it a bird.  If so, use construction paper to make a large beak, eyes, and feet.

  Now attach a string to the piñata.  Hang it up high and let the party begin!  Let everyone take a turn to try to break the piñata (use a broom or stick).  Enjoy the treats as they spill to the floor!


Answer the questions below.


jugs called "ollas" were early Spanish piñatas.


Papier-mâché means " or pulped" paper.


The water and flour mixture used to make papier-mâché should be thick like 


Cut or tear into strips about 1 1/2 inches wide.


Cover the balloon, except for a small opening with the newspaper and flour mixture. 


the balloon when the layers of newspaper are dry.

After filling the piñata with treats, tape over the hole securely with tape.
According to this passage, you might want to make the piñata into a 



The first piñatas originated in





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