Piñata Games

pinataPiñatas are not only the object of a very fun game, they’re also very appealing as decorations and centerpieces. Nowadays, piñatas can be found for just about any party theme, making them very popular for all occasions. The game is not just for children, teens and adults can play it too.

The only difference may be what you stuff your piñata with. Desired piñata stuffers include candy pertinent to the event or holiday party, noisemakers, confetti, toys, bracelets, and fake tattoos. If you're stuffing your own, mix and match for variety.

List of supplies Needed

  • Filled piñata
  • Strong rope
  • A bat for adults, a plastic bat, stick or broomstick for kids
  • Blindfold

Preparations

If you don’t make your own piñata, you can buy one from a party supply store. Some come pre-filled but most of them will need to be stuffed with your preferred candy and party favors. Look for large bags of mixed candy for filling, or “piñata stuffing” at the same place that you purchased your piñata.

If you examine the piñata, you will find a small door or hatch that is usually marked with something like a sticker. This is where you add your treats and goodies. Just make sure that the door is closed securely when you’re finished so that you don’t have “stuffing” leaking during the game.

You’ll need to choose a wide-open area for your game. Don’t underestimate. You will need lots of room for this game for safety purposes. Weather permitting, outdoors is an ideal choice. If that’s not an option, indoors will work if you can set up in a very large room, clearing the playing field of objects, light fixtures, and furniture.

The most difficult part of preparations may be finding a place to hang your piñata. An obvious choice is a tree branch. However, you need to make sure that there are no other branches hanging further down that your guests might run in to or get poked with. Other possibilities are a clothesline or basketball hoop. If your guests vary greatly in height, you may need to hoist it up so that it can be lowered and raised as needed. A school or institution that has piñata parties routinely may consider buying or making a piñata hoist for convenience purposes.

How to Play

Be sure to explain some safety rules before the game is played. Particularly, that nobody is allowed near the playing field or “hitter” until that person is unarmed and their blindfold removed. The same goes for when the pinata breaks as they will have the urge to charge the floor and gather candy. Tell them that they are not allowed to collect candy until they have been told to do so and that everyone will get some candy, regardless of how quick they are.

Line up the kids away from the piñata, placing the tallest ones in back so that the smallest ones (less likely to break the piñata) get to go first. Going one-by-one, each child is blindfolded, spun around a few times, and is allowed to attempt to break the piñata with a stick. To be fair, every child should have the opportunity to have contact with the piñata for a pre-determined amount of hits, which can be about three or four, depending on how many children there are and how soon the piñata is likely to break.