A few weeks ago, my daughter told me, out of the blue, that she really, like reeeeeeaaaaaallllllllyyyyyyyy wanted a rainbow Easter Egg Piñata. My automatic response to her dragged out pluuuuuuueaseeeeeee Mommy, please, was “we will see”. But then as soon as the words left my mouth, I thought, wait, why not? I’m always looking for crafts to do with her and it can be easy to make simple paper mache piñatas, especially an egg shaped one. We had almost everything necessary for the project on hand.
PAPER MACHE EASTER EGG PINATA SUPPLIES
- hand torn newspaper (we used cut white printer paper at my daughter’s insistence; I pick and choose my battles and this was not one of them)
- paper mache paste
- paper clip
- ribbon or string
- paint or tissue paper
Ultimate Paper Mache has three different recipes for the paste and we used the raw flour and water one – no glue, no boiling, easy-peasy and ready in less than a minute.
NO COOK PAPER MACHE PASTE RECIPE
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup water
- optional: 2 tsp. salt (to help prevent mold)
- optional: dash of cinnamon to enhance smell
My daughter loved playing with the squishy paste so much that I thought we would never actually get to making the egg, but we did, and she was more methodical than I imagined she would be at three. So much so that I didn’t have to help her.
I only intervened when she started grabbing fists full of toilet paper and dunking them into the paste and then flinging the globs off her fingers. I suppose she had wanted to remind me she is only three after all.
We ran out of paper (hence the grab for toilet paper) at around the same time she started to lose interest and while there were still a few holes, it was time to stop and clean up.
The paper mache paste was fairly easy to clean up. The real added bonus of this activity was that she gladly jumped into the bath without me having to beg or bribe her.
That was a few weeks ago and I had almost forgotten about the egg that we had hung up to dry. Then today, she refused to nap, and by 4 PM she was starting to get clingy and fussy and I figured it was time for some messy crafting.
By the way, at what age should I stop dismissing negative behavior as just fussy?
As I looked around the room for something we can do together, I saw the unfinished egg. We should probably add a few more layers of paper but with Easter being only a week away, I asked if she wanted to paint her egg piñata.
The ecstatic cheers and leaps into the air suggested the answer is yes.
She popped the balloon with a paintbrush and immediately asked for chocolates to fill it with. Luckily she was receptive to the idea of painting and letting the egg dry first before adding the treats.
As she painted (she choose neon green, blue, and black, and then as an afterthought added glittery purple, orange and yellow for the glitter), she went on and on about how she and her friends are going to have so much fun trying to break the egg open.
Then she went on and on about the chocolates and candies she wants to eat and I made a mental note to get some bottles of bubbles, tiny cans of PlayDoh, erasers, stickers and (more) temporary tattoos for her piñata.
What are good/ safe candy substitutes in a piñata?
I have a few non-candy ideas for the Easter Basket, but what other non-candy treats would you suggest for an Easter Egg Hunt?
Hope you and your loved ones have a happy Easter!