This project takes a bit of planning, but will be as fun to break as it is to make.
Piñatas have been around for hundreds of years. Some place the origins in China, while others trace the tradition to the Aztecs. Today, the tradition is most often associated with Mexico's celebrations for birthdays, Christmas and Easter. A piñata is always fun for children of any age, in any country.
Once the piñata is hung, let the fun begin. Have children take turns whacking the piñata with a stick or baseball bat while blindfolded. Have an adult pull on the rope to move the piñata around to make it more difficult. When the piñata breaks, enjoy the goodies!
Note: Not all busy schedules allow for a three-day project. An alternative is to fill a decorated paper shopping bag with treats as well as loosely wadded paper to add volume without making the bag too heavy. Roll or fold the top of bag down over a long piece of string and staple shut. If the bag is too thick, try punching holes through the layers and threading the string through, tying the ends to make a loop. Attach the rope to the string, hang the piñata up and let the fun begin!