Let's Play a Fun Pinata Party Game

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The pinata party game is a long tradition. 

As a matter of fact, it can be traced back at least as far as Marco Polo and his adventures in China!

Today, it is often included on lists of kids games, particularly to be played at birthday parties, but you can include a pinata in any event, from wedding showers to Christmas!

Best of all, it is easy and very inexpensive to make your own pinata!

Here are some basic instructions for using a pinata at your next party.

Pinata Party Game Instructions

You'll need the following to play the game:

  • A pinata, which is filled with candy and/or treats before the party
  • Rope to hang the pinata
  • Ladder or step stool to help you hang the pinata (if needed)
  • Pinata Stick
  • Loot Bags (one for each child)
  • Blindfold (optional) 

Hang the pinata with the rope. Popular places to hang one include:

  • Tree
  • Swingset frame (remove the swings)
  • Basketball Hoop
  • Porch Beam

Draw a line on the ground, a safe distance from the pinata. Instruct the players that if it isn't their turn, they MUST stay behind this line. Have a couple of adult volunteers to help you keep watch over this. It is very easy, in the excitement, for children to forget to stay behind the line.

Give each player a loot bag. When the pinata busts open, everything inside the pinata will fall to the ground and the children can fill their loot bags with the treats and treasures that have fallen out and now cover the ground.

Line up the players in any way you choose. One popular way is youngest to oldest. If you are celebrating a birthday, let the birthday person go first.

Small children should not be blindfolded. But older kids may enjoy the challenge of being blindfolded. Adding this element is fun as well for adults and teens. Never force someone to wear a blindfold if they don't want to.

Allow each player 3 hits with the pinata stick. Then it is the next players turn (remember to stay safe behind the line!)

Once the pinata busts open, allow the players to collect their loot. Everyone should stay behind the line until the hitter has stopped hitting!

I always have extra pinata candy on hand. Some children will run straight for the loot and grab all they can. Others will be more timid and might get less (or might not get anything!) Having some extra on hand to give to those children keeps everyone happy at the party.

I like to play the pinata game as the last activity at a party, because then children can take their candy loot bag and go home, very happy with what they have!

Will your pinata game be played indoors?  If so, you'll be interested in Pull String Pinatas


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