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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Dale, dale, dale - No pierdas el tino!

Most associate piñatas as a Latin party activity. However, piñatas actually originated in China. Marco Polo discovered the Chinese fashioning animal figurines & covering them with brightly colored paper. The figures were then clubbed with sticks and seeds spilled forth. The remains were burned & the ashes gathered as a good luck omen for the coming year.

Our grades students learned not only the historical facts of this tradition, but also, the craft itself this past month. Led by their Spanish teacher, Senora Vanessa, the children molded & pasted several piñatas for silent auction at Sanderling's first annual Latin Night. The event raised monies for materials and costumes for the Spanish program.