How to hang and play with a pinata safely


At your next birthday party, children will love taking turns swinging a wood stick and breaking open the pinata filled with small toys, candy, gum and assorted party favors.

What you need:

  • Pinata
  • Rope
  • Wooden stick
  • Small toys, candy, gum



Fill a pinata with candy and toys through the opening located on the top or back of the figure.

Push the end of a piece of rope through the loop attached to the top of the pinata and tie a double knot to ensure the rope will hold the weight of the filled pinata.

Select a location such as a low-hanging tree branch or a beam in a patio overhang that can accommodate the rope.

Ensure there is enough space around so the kids can swing the wooden stick without hitting anything but the pinata.

Throw the rope over the branch or beam and lower the pinata to the desired height and have an adult hold the end of the rope when it’s time to play the pinata game.

As the child swings the stick to hit the pinata, either keep the rope steady or pull it up and down to turn the pinata into a moving target.

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