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Perfect Piatas


During Las Posadas celebrations, children in Mexico break a piata filled with treats and then scamper to retrieve the goodies. Your children can make individual piatas to give as symbols of this Christian holiday.

  • Give each child a small white paper bag.
  • Help children decorate bags with markers, fringed crepe paper, or tissue paper.
  • Let children place wrapped candies or other small wrapped treats into their decorated bags.
  • Gather the open end of the bag and tie tightly with colorful ribbon or yarn.
  • Recipients can hang the piata with string and try to break it open with a stick.


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