Pinata Filler Ideas

C. Gauvreau

A pinata is a wonderful, colorful, fun and exciting addition to a kids’ party. Sometimes, however, parents are left wondering what to put inside the pinata, other than the giant bag of pinata candy often sold at the party store. If you’re stuck on how to stuff your paper mache creation, look to some of these ideas for inspiration.


Candy is the considered the customary pinata stuffing, and should be included in any pinata, but remember to consider the temperature if using mini candy bars or any kind of chocolates inside a pinata that will be hanging outside during a summer party.

If this is the case, either avoid using chocolate, or try to keep the pinata stored in a cool place until the last minute, or hung in the shade to keep the treats from melting.

Some ideas for non-chocolate candy treats:

  • Smarties.
  • Bubble Gum.
  • Pixie Sticks.
  • Licorice.
  • Lollipops.
  • Gummy treats.
  • Skittles.
  • Sweet and Sour suckers.

All edible items should be individually wrapped or packaged. While candy is an expected element of the pinata game, it does not have to be the only filler used. Consider using some candy, combined with other toy or trinket items that best suit the theme of your event. Choose from the following lists of possible fillers, or use them as a spring board from which to conjure up your own ideas.

Small Toys

  • Squirt guns.
  • Whistles.
  • Mini slinkies.
  • Rubber balls
  • Jump ropes.
  • Small toy figurines (dinosaurs, ponies, pet shops, army men).
  • Small cars or trains.
  • Fireman and policeman badges.
  • Finger puppets.

    Art Supplies

    Having an art-themed party or just want to encourage some creativity? Try filling your pinata with some of these art supplies.

    • Crayons.
    • Markers.
    • Glitter pens.
    • Rubber stamps.
    • Play doh (in soft, foil packages) s
    • Stickers.
    • Colored pencils.
    • Decorative erasers.
    • Colored chalk.

    Pirate Stuff

    Your pirate party guests won't have to search beyond the pinata to find these treasures.


    • Eye patches.
    • Temporary tattoos.
    • Gold coins.
    • Mini treasure chests.
    • Mini telescopes.
    • Rubber pirate hooks.
    • Treasure maps.
    • Mini pirate figurines.
    • Small pirate flags.

    Princess Stuff

    Having a princess, fairy or fashionista party? In addition to candy, perhaps some of these treats would do:

    • Mini princess wands.
    • Satin ballet slippers.
    • Jewelry.
    • Bracelets.
    • Nail polish (in plastic bottles).
    • Barrettes, headbands and hair bows.
    • Lip gloss tubes.
    • Tiny bottles of bubble bath or body lotion.
    • Nail stickers.
    • Combs and hairbrushes.


    Cowboys and cowgirls will love breaking the pinata to rustle up these western-themed treats:

    • Sheriff’s badges.
    • Bandanas.
    • Horse figurines.
    • Mustaches.
    • Mini cowboy hats.
    • Mini horseshoes.

    Slumber Party

    Your sleepover guests can put these items to good use either before bedtime, or in the morning.

    • Sleep masks.
    • Single-serve boxes of cereal.
    • Night-lights.
    • Toothbrushes.
    • Toothpaste.

    Pool or Beach Party 

    A pool or beach party pinata might be shaped like a sea creature, and filled with these awesome prizes.

    • Swim goggles.
    • Small bottles of sunscreen.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Life savers (candy rolls).
    • Mini flip-flop necklaces, keychains and earrings.
    • Mini surfboards.
    • Small, inflatable beach balls and sea creatures (deflated to stuff inside the pinata).
    • Lifeguard whistle.

    Sports Stuff

    Fans will bust open the sports-themed pinata to discover these MVPPs (most valuable pinata-prizes).

    • Team trading cards.
    • Mini foam balls (in different sports themes).
    • Logo stickers.
    • Medals.
    • Mini caps and helmets.
    • Referee whistle.
    • Cracker jacks.

    Miscellaneous Loot

    • Bubbles.
    • Glow sticks.
    • Punch balloons.
    • Character band-aids.
    • Character toothbrushes.
    • Sunglasses.
    • Dollar bills.
    • Coins.
    • Sidewalk chalk.
    • Confetti.
    • Keychains.
    • Decorative bottle caps.