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    deborah_r is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default When did pinatas get pull-strings???

    Went to Party City to pick up stuff for Kai's upcoming 5th birthday party. He really wants a pinata (which he alternately calls either a fiesta or a funata - he just can't remember pinata!) So, we've got our pinata picked out and I read the tags on it, and it says it's a pull-string pinata. Each child should pull a string until it opens. I'm thinking kids are not going to be too excited about this.

    Can we still bash the heck out of this kind and do it the old-fashioned way? (I'm wondering if the regular ones are built a certain way to allow for it breaking a certain way, which might be different on this type of pinata? I'm sure I'm over-thinking this as usual.)
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    The beauty of the pull string ones is that you can reuse the pinata. Oh, and no one gets whacked accidentally and kids can actually open them. I have not been to a party where preschoolers have successfully opened a bashing pinata w/o a grown-ups' help. I admit, the pull string ones are a bit boring...but calm and orderly. ETA_ and the kids get excited about the contents regardless of how they come out!

    You can just bash this one, I bet. The pull string stuff is just a kit and even if it is not they are made the same way and will open with a stick too.

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    we bought a spiderman pull string one for DDs party last month that said you could do both.
    Of course I let DD pull the first string at her party and by her magic spidey sense she pulled the right string first go, so that was a bit of a bust as it was all over and no-one else had a turn. They were soon distracted by the candy though!

    Lucy DD 3/03

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    You can definitely bash them. I've always seen the pull strings used as a back up measure for when the kids can't break the pinata. You let them take as many turns bashing it as you can stand and go the pull string route.
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    I'd bash.

    The strings skeeve me out. Particularly on the Dora pinata I saw at TRU not too long ago. Just guess where the strings sprouted from...
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    Btw, we tucked the magic string up for the 1st round and dh covertly undiid it for round2.

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    We did the pull string pinata for DD's 3rd birthday (my family has always used the kind you bash) and the kids were not excited about it at all. Of course when it finally opened and all the treats came falling out they were super excited. My vote is to do a round of bashing and then have them pull the strings. You can use those pinatas either way.

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    We went to a party where they had the bash type pinata. DS1 didn't get a turn before it was busted open so there were tears from him and some other kids. I think the pull string type is good if everyone pulls their string at one time. Then no one knows who actually opened the pinata and they all get a turn.
    Kim

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    Even though it has always been pretty scary to see all the kids rush in for the candy while the blindfolded kid is still swinging away at the pinata, the fact that they have the pull strings one is kind of depressing! It reminds me of those stories how kids can't play tag at some schools now because they might fall and get hurt.
    Ask me what I think when my kid is old enough to do a pinata though. I suppose I will be all for the string kind.
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    We are doing a bash in one for our upcoming June celebration. It was hard to find since pull strings were everywhere. You can still bash it in. We are not going to blindfold the kids as they are still at an age where balls need to be on Ts to be batted at. They will have lots of fun not blindfolded (have seen it done this way a lot.) While it takes a few turns each, I have seen 3-6 year olds bash in a pinata. Toby made the deadly blow at the last party, part of why he is so dead set on having one I think.

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