Ladybug piñata

Duration: medium

Age: child, parent

Skill for Bub:

summary:

A pinata is a fun and memorable activity for any kids celebration, just remind your little ones that this beautiful creation is made to be broken, and that lots of candy is the reward!

What you’ll need

  • Balloon (any colour)
  • Flour
  • Bowl of water
  • Newspaper
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Lollies in wrappers to fill the piñata (chocolate will melt!)
  • Coloured cardboard

Instructions

  1. Blow up a balloon.
  2. Mix flour and water into a glue and tear strips of newspaper.
  3. Soak the paper with the glue, squeeze off excess and lay strips flat over balloon (coat entire surface with exception of space at the top, leave tennis ball sized opening to fill piñata).
  4. Apply 4 or 5 layers as needed to create a hard surface allowing time to dry inbetween.
  5. When piñata is strong enough not to depress when poked deflate balloon and remove through opening. Fill with non meltable fun goodies (party blowers, lollies, etc).
  6. With a hole punch make a small hole on either side of the opening and thread string securely to allow hanging. The opening can now be sealed up with more glue and paper strips.
  7. Decorate by painting half of the piñata red and half black.
  8. Cut out circles of black paper and glue over the red half to make the spots on the wings. Glue 2 white circles of paper with black dots in them onto the ends of the piñata as eyes.
  9. Hang from a secure fixed point (such as clothes line or strong tree branch) and allow older children (under adult supervision) to swing a cricket bat or similar item into the piñata until it breaks raining the treats onto the ground for the kiddies to collect. They love this part!

Craft idea submitted by Huggies Baby club member S. Ambrose, Engadine, NSW.