We’ve come together with some other families in the area who are also doing My Father’s World to form a co op. It’s so fun and definitely one of the highlights of our school week. We meet once a week and try to do activities that maybe we wouldn’t get to at home… like fun art projects.
Last week and this, we’ve been talking about Mexico. Our big project last week was a pinata. We used paper mache and balloons. This week, we had a Mexican fiesta, ending with the smashing of the pinatas!
We started by making our paper mache. Equal parts flour and water with about 1/2 tablespoon per cup of flour. SO… we mixed 3 cups flour, 3 cups water and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of salt. Mix with a wooden spoon until the paste has a batter consistency. Dunk strips of newspaper (ours were about 1 1/2 inches by 7 inches), drag them on the side of the bowl to remove excess paste and place them in a criss cross pattern on the balloon. A little paste goes a long way. Leave the “belly button” of the balloon uncovered.
Continue the process until your balloon has THREE layers of pasted paper.
It took about 3 or 4 days for our pinata to dry. I had it resting on this measuring cup and would flip it once a day so the top and bottom had equal opportunity to dry. When it is dry, pop the balloon at the opening. We used that hole to put in the candy. I then mixed up a little bit of paste and covered the top of the pinata with a few more strips of paper. We let it dry over night and painted it the next day.
The kids couldn’t agree on how to decorate the pinata… so we divided it into three sections and they each got to design a section. I found some angry birds stickers to add some pizazz!
All that hard work and creativity led to this:
Pinata carnage! It was so worth it though. The kids had a great time smashing the pinatas and collecting their reward.