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Pinata: the attraction of children's parties

Pinata toys can be found at almost all Mexican parties. Traditionally, they were made in the shape of a star with six corners and were filled with fruit, candy and small toys.

Today, Pinata toys can be designed in all kinds of shapes. They can take on the appearance of some animals or plants, or they can embody story or cartoon heroes. At parties, the Pinata toys are hung in the air and the children are blindfolded and hit.

If the blows are strong enough, Pinata will break and release the candy and toys he has inside.

Try to make your own Pinata home. Here's what you need:

  • 2 glasses of flour
  • 3 glasses of water
  • 1 large balloon
  • Newsprint
  • Watercolors, colored pencils, or markers
  • Crepe paper of various colors
  • Cords

The steps you must follow to make a Pinata are the following:

1. Inflate a balloon and tie it

2. Mix the water with the flour until a homogeneous paste forms

3. Cut the newspaper into long pieces and immerse these pieces in the obtained mixture

4. Carefully glue the strips onto the balloon, but make sure you leave some of it uncoated

5. Wait for it to dry

6. Add another layer of newspaper strips soaked in water and flour mixture and allow to dry again.

7. Repeat the operation once again, making sure that you have left part of the balloon uncovered

8. After it has dried, spray the balloon through the underside of the newspaper and pull it out

9. Paint Pinata as desired

10. If you want, you can use crepe paper of different colors to decorate the toy

11. Make two small holes near the opening you left at the beginning and attach a piece of string to them

12. Fill Pinata with toys and sweets or other pleasant surprises. You can also put in toys and pieces of newspaper, so that the surprises are not all in one place.

13. Agata Pianata with the help of string, so that it hangs in the air

14. Have fun!

In carrying out this project you can be very creative. You can give Pinata toys various shapes and you can draw it in any way you want.

Why toddlers scream

Some toddlers scream whenever they want a parent's attention. It's their way of saying, "Hey, look at me." Others scream when they want something they can't have. In that case, the shrieking means, "I want my way – give it to me now!"

And sometimes your toddler's volume is turned way up not to annoy you, but just because of that wonderful toddler exuberance. Toddlers love to explore the power of their voice and experiment with how to use it.

What you can do about it

Screaming at your toddler to lower her voice won't help – it only sends the message that whoever is loudest prevails. Your best bet is to avoid situations that tempt your toddler to raise her voice and divert her attention when she does start screaming.

Here are some more tips:

Run errands on her schedule. It's not always possible to work around your toddler, but whenever you can, make sure she's well-rested and fed before you leave the house.

Stick to noisy restaurants. When you have your toddler in tow, stay away from quiet, intimate, or formal places to dine. Instead, go where other families go. You'll be less embarrassed when your child screams in an already loud restaurant – and less likely to reinforce his behavior by cajoling him to settle down.

Ask her to use an indoor voice. If your toddler is screaming because she's happy, try not to comment or criticize. But if it's really getting to you, ask her to use her "indoor voice." And lower your voice so she'll have to quiet down to hear you.

Make a game out of it. Try indulging his need to be loud by saying, "Let's both shriek as loud as we can," and then join him in letting it rip. Convince him to turn down the volume by saying, "Now it's time to see who can whisper best." Then, like a Simon Says game, switch to other movements, such as putting your hands over your ears or jumping up and down. This makes screaming seem like just one of many fun things he can do.

Of course, that game works best at home or outdoors. If you're out in public you can try a quieter game, such as saying, "Oh, you sound like a lion! Can you sound like a kitten?" If he's willing to play along, come up with other quiet animals he can imitate.

Acknowledge her feelings. If your toddler's screaming because she wants your attention, ask yourself whether she's genuinely uncomfortable or overwhelmed. For example, if you're in a huge supermarket packed with people, the environment may very well be too much for her. Leave right away if you can, or at the very least shop and leave quickly.

If you think she's just a little bored or cranky, acknowledge her feelings. Calmly say, "I know you want to go home, but it will be a few more minutes until we're done," and push on. She'll not only be comforted that you know how she feels, it will also help her learn how to put her feelings into words.

If you know your toddler's shouting because she thinks she can get you to hand over a cookie right away, don't give in. Giving her what she wants when she screams only reinforces the behavior. Instead, calmly say, "I know you want a cookie, but we have to finish this first. You can have a cookie when we're done."

Keep him occupied. You can make errands more fun for your toddler by engaging him in an activity. One 15-month-old's mom told us, "I just talk to my son when we're out running errands. I tell him what I'm doing, what's going on around us, and who's nearby. I've learned that he's quiet when he's busy." You can also ask your toddler to help you pick things off the shelves at the supermarket or make up a song about what you're doing. Or try offering him a favorite snack or toy to keep him busy while you shop.

For many moms, the most difficult part of coping with a toddler who loves to scream is ignoring other people's dirty looks. Just remember that everyone has been there and try not to take it personally.

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