How to Break a Pinata

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Pinatas are popular games at birthday parties.
Pinatas are popular games at birthday parties. (Image: Balloons image by elmgrover from Fotolia.com)

Pinatas add a festive touch to parties of all kinds. Both adults and children alike can enjoy the exhilaration of successfully destroying a pinata and then claiming the candy or whatever prize is hidden inside. Actually hitting a pinata is one thing, but breaking it is a whole different matter. Though it may seem like a simple task, successfully breaking a pinata takes some planning, concentration, and proper execution. By following a few steps, you can easily destroy a pinata and claim the prize hidden inside.

Things You'll Need

  • Pinata
  • Blindfold
  • Bat or similar object

Study the area. Note the distance from the circle in which you will be required to stand to the pinata. Keep this image in your mind for when you are blindfolded.

Listen for voices. Note the distance between yourself and the sound of other partygoers' voices, and where they are in relation to the pinata. This can help you identify whether or not you are facing the right direction.

Grip the bat, stick, or object with which you will be hitting the pinata. Hold it as you would a baseball bat, with one hand toward the bottom, and the other hand above it with your fingers facing the opposite direction.

Regroup once you regain your sense of balance after you have been spun around. Remember both the visual and auditory clues and turn so that you believe you are facing the pinata.

Hit outward and hit hard, gripping the bat, stick, or hitting object firmly. If no contact is made, rotate clockwise and try again, reaching out before you swing.

Take audible clues. If you come close to hitting the pinata, those around you will let you know by their excitement, laughs, disappointments, etc. Use these auditory clues to determine the best spot to be in.

Destroy the pinata. Once you make contact with the pinata, continue to hit it as hard as you can, as many times as allowed, without losing control of your grip on the hitting object.

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