Why is it that pinata’s are always filled with candy? Yes, candy is really yummy and of course the kids love it – but the actual thrill of a piñata is hitting it and watching the “goodies” drop out. Why not try something different at your next kid’s birthday party! Here are some fun & unique ideas on what to put in your party piñata:
- Mini balls
- Plastic toy rings
- Mardi Gras necklaces
- Mini bags of cookies
- Mini bags of crackers
- Individually wrapped marshmallows
- Boxes of raisins or cranberries
- Spinning tops
- Rubber toys
- Plastic toy cars
- Mini bottles of bubbles
- Small plastic animals or dinosaurs
- Stuffed or squishy toys
- Fruit snacks
- Water squirt guns
- Bath toys
- Finger Puppets
- Mini action figures/dolls
- Glow sticks
- Rubix cubes
- Plastic sunglasses
- Notepads/Coloring Books
- Sticky wall toys
(All the items above are the “mini” versions)!
The list of things to stuff your piñata with is just endless. All you need to do is throw a bunch of these things in the piñata (it’s even better if your piñata goodies match your party theme). Can’t you just imagine how awesome it would be if you are having a superhero party and superheroes just fell out of the piñata, or princess wands at a girls party? I bet the kids would be surprised!
Even if you do decide to use candy in your piñata don’t just stuff the candy in there. I hate how all the kids scramble on the floor for candy. Before you even have a chance to stop them, they have picked up a handful half smushed, dirty candy off the floor and popped it in their mouth. What I like to do is group a few small items together and make some “piñata bags” with a personalized birthday tag or sticker that matches the party theme.
Each kid gets one bag and then parents are in charge of opening it. This way parents can monitor the amount of candy that their child eats. An added bonus is that the mini piñata bag actually becomes an extension of the “goodie bag” that you pass out at the end of the party.
If you still don’t have a piñata, why not try making your own DIY piñata at home? You can check out my super “Easy Step-by-Step Guide to Making A Homemade Piñata“.
Happy stuffing and hitting your piñata! If you have any other creative ideas, please let me know and I can add it to the list.