A Frog Pinata For You To Make

You will need:

A round balloon

Old newspapers

School glue


Tape (regular )

Green paint

Frog Patterns

Thin cardboard

Construction paper or Large Wiggle Eyes

String or yarn


A craft knife

Goodies to fill the Pinata


Warning: This project is messy!! Spread newspapers around the workspace!!

Warning Two: This project will probably require two days!!


Step One - Blow up the balloon and tie a knot at the end. Tear newspapers into strips about 1 inch wide and about 6 inches long. Pour some of the glue into a disposable bowl or a bowl you don't mind soaking in water for a long while. Dip the newspaper strips into the glue and spread them onto the balloon. Thoroughly cover the balloon. Let the first layer dry.


Step Two - Repeat Step One two more times.


Step Three - Lay the dry balloon on its side so it forms an oval shape. Cut a hole about 2 inches across on the top of the oval (see Diagram A). If scissors don't work you may want to have mom or dad use a knife. DO NOT use a knife without an adult present!!! Save the piece you cut out. Carefully, pop the balloon (if it's not already popped) and take it out. Cut two more very small holes in the body on each side of the big hole. Place the hole for the front a little closer to the big hole than the hole for the rear so your pinata will balance well (see Diagram A). Cut two pieces of string or yarn about 18 inches long. Tie a knot at the end of both string and bring up through the holes. Tie the ends of the strings together with a secure knot. (You can save tying the ends together until you have finished decorating if you wish.)

Diagram A


Step Four - Now you have a big decision to make. If you want to use your pinata for a decoration, tape the piece you cut out back to the rest of the pinata. If you want to fill your pinata with goodies and play the pinata game, do not tape the piece back onto the pinata. Save it, however, to decorate separately.


Step Five - Paint your pinata green. Let the paint dry.


Step Six - Print out two copies of the Pinata Patterns.


Frog Pinata Arms and Legs


Step Seven - Cut out the frog pinata patterns. You may need to adjust the size of the pattern to fit your frog. Use the patterns to make arms and legs out of cardboard. Paint the arms and legs. Let dry.


Step Eight - Glue the arms and legs to the body of the pinata. Let the glue dry.


Step Nine - Glue on very large wiggle eyes or eyes cut from construction paper.


Step Ten - If you have decided to use your pinata for the pinata game, you want to fill it up with goodies (candy, small toys, whatever you like). Take the piece you saved from the top and carefully tape it back on the body with clear tape. Cover the top piece with strips of paper. If you haven't done so before, tie the ends of your hanging string together with a secure knot.


Step Twelve - Enjoy your pinata OR play the pinata game. Hang the pinata up from the ceiling. Each child takes a turn trying to break the pinata. Blindfold the child who's turn it is. Give the child a stick (a broom handle works well). Turn the child around in a circle 2 or 3 times and point him or her in the direction of the pinata. The child gets to swing the stick 2 or 3 times. Make sure everyone else stands clear of the swinging stick, including the grown-ups!!! Then another child gets a turn. When someone breaks the pinata, all the children get to gather the goodies. You might want to have little paper bags with each child's name on them so the kids have a place to store their goodies for the remainder of the party and a way to carry everything home.



Bry-Back Manor/Garden Fun/Frogs