As part of our Spirit of Christmas topic, we learnt about how people in Mexico celebrate Christmas.
They have many different and important traditions, a few of which are the same as the Christmas celebrations in this country!
We learnt about how the Mexicans play a game involving a piñata. A piñata is a decorated clay or papier-mâché jar filled with sweets and hung from the ceiling or tree branch. The piñata is often decorated something like a ball with seven peaks around it. The peaks or spikes represent the 'seven deadly sins'. Piñatas can also be in the form of an animal or bird (such as a donkey). To play the game, children are blind-folded and take it in turns to hit the piñata with a stick until it splits open and the sweets pour out. Then the children rush to pick up as many sweets as they can!
We designed our own piñata to represent something important in the Christmas story and then we went outside to play the game ourselves!
It was great fun learning about the Mexican Christmas traditions!