Monday, October 4, 2010

ECC Mini Pinatas

I have the pleasure of teaching a class of 15 other homeschool students in our Homeschool Support Group's Cooperative Learning Day. I am using the ideas from ECC to do a class called "A Trip Around the World". The first country we studied was Mexico. Since I only have a 45 minute class and no place to put crafts to dry afterwards, I needed to come up with a craft for Mexico that did not require drying time. The Pinata craft in the ECC Teacher's Manual is great, but next to impossible for this situation. But what I did find was these Mini Chile Pepper Pinatas here. You can use their instructions or follow mine.

You will need:

Green tissue paper
Red streamers
white printer paper
glue stick
small candies

I modified the instructions because I found that the toilet paper roll core for the paper cone was not working. I used a piece of printer paper and rolled it into a cone and taped it in place. It looked like this when I was done.

I cut two sheets of the green tissue paper in quarters. Using two layers of the cut rectangle to look like this-

Using the white paper cone, I rolled the green tissue paper around it to form a nice tight cone with a tight point at the end (no holes). (Sorry for the weird color changes, my camera has been giving me fits. I will probably be going back to my older digital. Anyway, the green should be more like the green above.)

I removed the white paper cone and filled the green tissue cone with M&Ms from a small dixie cup.
I twisted the top to seal and wrapped a small piece of tape to keep it in place. 

Then using the red streamer cut into about a 25 inch strip. I accordion folded the streamer and cut 3/4 way up to create a fringe. 

Starting at the point of the green chile pepper I wrapped and taped the red fringe until I reached the top of the pepper. (You could use glue from a glue stick too.) The finished product looks like this.

These would make great party favors. They are easy to make and the kiddos enjoyed eating them at their break later that day. 


  1. Love it, Edie! Thanks so much for posting pictures of the finished product. We'll definitely have to use these for our Mexican fiesta in ECC next year! :)

  2. Edie, those are so cute!!! Good job, I bet the kids loved them!

  3. Ahhhh shucks! We are a week ahead of you in the curriculum it seems. And I actually did the stinkin pinata. A big one. A messy one. Wish I had have seen your little one first! So cute! And alot less messy@

  4. This is a WONDERFUL idea! I plan to use it next week when we do our fiesta!! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. PS I'll be linking to it on Monday!