Pinatas! Our Cultrual Art Project

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As part of our Monthly goals and The Culture Swapper link up , we will be bringing you cultural art projects all month!

This week, the kids made pinatas!  Oh what fun that was – and not messy at all (yeah, right).  It was fun to see them have fun though – and we learned a lot about Pinatas and also read some books from Central America and Mexico!  It was a super cool week of learning about another culture!

I don’t think anyone is quite sure where pinatas come from.  Some think they came from Spain to Mexico.  They think that Marco Polo first found them in China, where people celebrate the New Year by breaking pinatas, and brought them back to Spain.  Others think pinatas came from the Aztecs.  Priests would decorate clay pinatas and fill them with little treasures.  These pinatas were used to celebrate the birthday of their God of War.

Where ever they come from, they sure are fun to make and break.  Traditionally pinatas are made and broken for  Mexicans birthday and Christmas celebrations.  Typically they are filled with candies and fruit.

So, here we are making our own pinatas.

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Our pinatas are still not yet complete.  My daughter is now painting Princess Peach on the red one and my son is painting Mario on the black one.

These are the books we read to go along with this art project.

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Our project wasn’t at all smooth.  Notice that Ava’s project is considerably smaller than Hadyn’s?  Well, we had problems with a leaky balloon.  So, the pinata sort of caved in on itself.  She cried, but I explained that not everything goes perfectly and we have to make the best of it.

I’m excited about choosing our cultural art project for next week as well as learning more about the region!

Do you have any exciting art projects you are working on with your kids?


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  1. What a cool project for your kids! Can’t wait to see the final product!

  2. I agree with Maryanne! Can’t wait to see the final product 🙂 I’m planning to make one too for Cinco de Mayo. 🙂

  3. Looks like a fun activity to do with your kids. I can remember making a pinata when I was in elementary school.

    • Hey Brandi,

      It was a lot of fun – actually. An important lesson I learned – not to reject something because I don’t like doing it. I don’t like the mess or art, and the preparation. But the kids had a lot of fun – and were basically able to work on their own.

      What a great lesson!

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to see you again soon.

  4. Fun!!

    Thank you for linking up to The Great Blog Train! We loved having you! And you helped us have a successful third run down the tracks!

  5. its awesome what your doing. Cant wait to see what the pinatas look like when they are done


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