This weekend was G’s 8th birthday. He requested a Skylanders birthday party (more of that in another post) including a Kaos Pinata (Kaos is one of the chief baddies – I think!)
Last year we bought a piñata but in previous year’s I have made them. So I thought I’d give it a whirl again this time. Here’s how we made it.
First make the glue.
- Mix together 1 cup of flour, 2 tbsp. salt and 1 cup of water.
- Boil 4 cups of water and add these to the mixture. Stir well as you add the water making sure there are no lumps.
- Place the mixture over a pan on a low heat and boil for 3 minutes stirring well. Alternatively boil in the microwave for 3 minutes stopping every minute to stir the mix.
- Place the ‘glue’ in the fridge to cool. (I put the glue outside as it was a really cold day).
Now you are ready for the first stage of piñata making!
- Blow up a large balloon and tie the end.
- Tear up a large newspaper into strips.
- Take out the glue and spread onto individual strips of newspaper. Stick each strip onto the balloon until there are 3 layers of paper. (we did all this outside to save on the mess!)
4. Leave it to dry, somewhere warm, overnight. Once the piñata is fully dry pop the balloon inside.
5. Decide which way you are going to hang your piñata. Mark two holes where you are going to fix the string to hang it up and pierce them. Thread the string through both holes to form a loop. Tape the outside of the hole to make sure the string stays in place.
6. Cut an opening flap towards the top of the piñata. Reach in and take out the balloon and tape the string in place on the inside. This flap is now where you will place the piñata contents.
Decorate your piñata.
You can decorate your piñata however you wish but G had specifically requested Kaos. I glued white paper all over the newspaper to give a single colour finish. Then I asked S to draw Kaos onto the piñata. (luckily I have a husband who can draw!). This is what it looked like.
Jolly good I thought!! G was delighted with it and his friends were very impressed. I didn’t want to give out too many sweets so I filled it with little Skylander snack tubs and a few sweets. Then we taped up the flap ready for playing.
To bash the piñata we used a children’s baseball bat – it took quite a bit of bashing but that is half the fun – and they loved scuttling around the floor trying to find their prizes.
A great success I am glad to say.