Putting the Candy in CandyLand

Candy Land

Why haven’t I thought of this before? I’ve asked myself that question 20 times this week. While traveling in San Diego I found and bought a “chocolate” version of the popular children’s game, Candy Land. I bought it from the Candy Bandit in a boutique called: “Lucky U” in La Jolla. Anywho, as the mother of young children I’ve decided this is a great way to use up old Halloween candy or just make the stakes higher in a friendly game of Candy Land. It would be a fun tradition for your family when you have a night at home, or a great activity when cousins or friends come over. It might even be fun to have several games at once for a birthday party. Face it. Candy Land with candy automatically makes YOU the coolest. Candy Land is one of those games everyone seems to have, especially if you have young children. And candy? Sadly I could head in several directions in my home and find a treat. O.K. Treats… With an “s”. The rules of Candy Land are simple and with the added bonus of a treat here and there…I mean come on. My kids are going crazy for it, but it could just be the sugar talking…

Candy Land Chocolate Edition
Play groups, Activity Days, Cub Scouts…Yep and Yum.
Candy in Candy Land

 

DIY Easter Egg Piñata

 

Easter Egg Pinata

Want to make the easiest Easter Egg piñata ever? Our family makes a piñata  for Easter that’s so cinchy you could make one tonight.  One trip to the grocery store and you’re set. You only need a punchball, some decorative napkins and liquid starch.  (You’ll also need a few minutes, for the parade thrown in your honor)!

Blow up the punchball and tie it in a knot. Put it in a bowl so it doesn’t roll away.  Place the bowl and punchball on a cookie sheet or tray to catch the drips.  If you’re doing this as a family project, you could do it outside, but it’s not a hard clean up. Pour some liquid starch in a pie plate or large shallow bowl. Open the napkins and dip them in the starch and begin laying them all over the ball. You can start the piñata with plain paper towels and use the decorated napkins for the last layer or two. You’ll need about four or five layers of napkins.

When you’ve finished one side, flip the punchball over and do the other side.  Rest assured your kiddies will slap on some big balls and clumps.  Just keep smoothing them up a little. The last few layers will cover a multitude of  lumps. You can’t really mess it up too much.

The piñata  will take 24-36 hours to dry depending on the thickness. Flip the piñata over every once in a while so it will dry evenly.

When your piñata is dry, pop the balloon and cut a small “U” shaped flap at the top.  This opening should be just big enough to fill the piñata.  Make  two pencil sized holes across from each other roughly four inches from the top.  Thread a small rope through the two holes and tie them together to help keep the flap closed.  ( If you have the time, you could cover the seam with a few more napkins and starch.)  Leave enough spare rope to hang it.

If you have a large group, use a pool noodle for your first round of  “whacks” so everyone gets a chance.  We advise putting your treats in individual baggies with a few loose candies. You know as well as we do, that the older kids at a party will mow a three-year old over faster than you can slap a tick!

Have fun!