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High School Students Create Piñatas for their Spanish Class

Todd Barton

There's more to learning a foreign culture than learning the language. One of the best examples of this is Wayne County High School teacher Todd Barton's Spanish classes. 
A couple of weeks before Christmas break rolled around, Barton had been aiding his students in making their own piñatas in his classroom. Rather than teaching the students by searching information and lecturing to the students, he decided that it would be more interesting to take a different path. 

"I wanted to let the students have an opportunity to let out their creativity and be able to participate in hands on activities," Barton said, "It helps them learn more about the purpose, the reasoning, and the knowledge of creating something artistic from very simple materials."

 

 

The Process

In order to make a piñata, it takes a lot of time and effort. Over the span of the two weeks, many utensils were used and lots more were desired. 
On the first week of the project, the students blew up their balloons and rubbed a layer of glue onto it. They tore up pieces of newspaper and placed them onto the balloon once it was covered completely in glue. They did this multiple times within the week up until the students had eight to ten layers of paper mishay over their balloon.
Afterwards, Barton popped the balloon from within the paper mishay and let the students work on the piñata's weak spots. The students would look through the bottom of the piñata and see where light would shine through, or they would gently press on the piñata at certain spots. Then they would put more newspaper and glue on those areas and let them dry overnight.
Once the piñata was in a sturdy shape, it was time to customize it on week two. You could use any supplies you could afford for the process. Cardboard, cotton balls, paint, styrofoam, tissue paper, and other items were used in order to help customize their piñatas.

Todd Barton

Spanish teacher Todd Barton poses with the piñata made after him

Callista Mann

Callista Mann painting the bottom of her piñata

Katelynn Gregory

Katelynn Gregory setting her Jack Skellington head on her hand made base

Lindsey Coomer and Savannah Parmley

Lindsey Coomer and Savannah Parmley placing a santa hat on their Grinch piñata

Shanna Rice and Callista Mann
Shanna Rice and Callista Mann creating a blue whale to join their orca piñata

Students

Nathan Alcorn working hard on his group's bomb-omb piñata

Michael Jonhson

Michael Johnson painting his piñata black holes to make a bowling ball

 

Finished Projects

The Grinch

The Grinch

Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Star Wars Death Planet

Star Wars Death Planet

 





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