Piñatas can make any celebration more festive, but you don't have to stuff them with bags and bags of candy. In fact, there are tons of things you can fill your piñatas with other than candy that will give your guests a thrilling surprise. These unexpected trinkets are sure to bring your partygoers some delight.
Of course, it's important to remember that your piñata goodies will still get rattled around and beaten up by bat-wielding kids. So it's a good idea not to put anything fragile or heavy inside. That said, there are plenty of party favors, tiny art supplies, and other surprises that can survive a trip inside the piñata and come out intact.
And fun fact: stuffing candy inside the piñata is a somewhat recent tradition. In fact, the earliest piñatas were probably filled with seeds, as noted in Children & Youth in History. Other little treats, such as fruits and nuts, were also sometimes used.
Today's kids, however, can look forward to any number of trinkets inside the piñata, and its goodies are only limited by your imagination. With a little extra thought (and some help from Amazon or a local party supply store) these extra-cool treats will help your kids forget all about candy.
1. Colorful Hair Ties
2. Novelty Pens
3. Animal Erasers
5. Bouncy Balls
6. Tiny Glider Planes
7. Bags Of Healthy Snacks
Just because you're going without candy doesn't mean all food is forbidden. In fact, a little bag of carrots, nuts, or apple slices would probably go over well with most kids. Even the little raisin boxes are a great option.
8. Temporary Tattoos
9. Bubble Wands
10. Friendship Bracelets
Whether you buy a bag of them or make a bunch of friendship bracelets especially for the party, these make excellent favors. It might even become a beloved keepsake.
11. Squishy Toys
12. Seed Packets
For a totally different party favor, slip some seed packets in the piñata. For instance, sunflower seeds are great for any level of gardener. This treat will probably last longer than anything else in the piñata, too, to be honest, and it'll be a fun activity that kids can do when they get home.
13. Rainbow Crayons
Granted, any pack of brand new crayons is a thrilling gift to a kid. But these rainbow ones are extra-special, because they can make all the colors in one swipe.
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