My 5-year-old's only wish for her recent birthday party filled my heart with dread: a piñata.
Allyson, I know that you are the piñata queen, but the thought of all that candy (her birthday party was right after halloween) or on the other hand dozens of plastic trinkets that would break minutes later or kick around the house for months afterward... ack! A piñata is my worst nightmare. Besides, I'm morally opposed to the idea of getting as much stuff as possible just because it's available and free. (I have to remind myself of that fact all the time.)
But I couldn't deny my daughter her fondest dream, could I? (Or so my husband told me.)
The girls volunteered some of their Halloween candy - I readily agreed to the chance to give some of it away. I also put in some (sugarless) gum, punch balloons and glow sticks. I also hit upon an idea that I thought might counteract some of the individualistic grabbing behavior usually elicited by candy raining from the sky. I drew a treasure map on the back of a puzzle, planning to have everyone put it together after the piñata was smashed to smithereens. They would then work together to find the treasure (in this case some hot cocoa and the makings for s'mores). Sadly a thunderstorm forced us to find an alternate venue for party, so it became a virtual treasure hunt instead. The idea showed promise, though. I'm really excited at exploring this more. Next time I'm considering filling the piñata with only puzzle pieces and the treasure will be a bag for each child containing something fun and lasting.
And, according to my almost 3-year-old, I'll have the chance to do so very soon. It turns out her fondest dream is also a piñata.