30+ Birthday Piñata Filler Ideas Other Than Candy
May 29, 2019
Birthday piñata filler ideas other than candy

Birthday piñata filler ideas other than candy

30+ Fun Birthday Piñata Filler Ideas Other Than Candy

Looking for birthday piñata filler ideas that aren't candy!? It's tough sometime to know what to use. You may be asking: What'll fit in the hole? Will it survive the impact? There isn't a hole! How do you fill a piñata with no hole!? No worries, I'll take you through everything you need for a stress-free birthday piñata experience in this Birthday Piñata series!

Affiliate links are provided for your shopping convenience. By clicking and purchasing, I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you. Please see my disclosure page for any questions. Thanks for being here so we can continue providing awesome party ideas that do better!

Non-Candy Piñata Filler Ideas 

I've gathered a list of 30+ Non-Candy Piñata Fillers. Whether you are looking to lower your party sugar quantities {If you are, I applaud you!} or just want to mix it up a little. Here are some of the best birthday party tested piñata filler ideas for you:

Piñata Filler Classics:

  • Temporary Tattoos*
  • Plastic animals*
  • Slinkies
  • Mini bubbles
  • Finger puppets
  • Silly putty
  • Glow sticks
  • Jumping frogs
  • Toy cars
  • Mini tops
  • Rubber duckies

Healthier Food Options:

  • Snack bags of gold fish crackers
  • Fruit snacks
  • Clementines
  • Bags of baby carrots
  • Boxes of raisins
  • Granola bars

Creative or Crafty Fillers: 

  • Pencils*
  • Erasers*
  • Ink stamps*
  • Mini notepads*
  • Stickers*
  • Crayons
  • Mini pens
  • Mini Playdoh
  • Legos

Things to Wear:

  • Hair Ties*
  • Hair Bows or clips
  • Rings
  • Beaded necklaces
  • Finger trap
  • Sunglasses

And my VERY FAVORITE…..Bouncy balls!

The bouncy balls go crazy when the piñata gets cracked and are almost as much fun chasing after as the piñata is to hit!

Choose Your Favorite Non-Candy Piñata Fillers then Customize!

Notebook favors Unicorn themed birthday party ideas

Choose your favorite toy suggestions then add couple themed items. All goodies above marked with an asterisk* can easily be customized for your particular theme. Some examples we've done in the past include:

Have a Birthday Piñata without Breaking the Bank!

Mexican Piñata - Birthday piñata filler ideas other than candy

You can go crazy and buy a giant birthday piñata and fill it up completely. OR you can choose fun items for quality over quantity. Think about the piñata AS THE PARTY FAVOR. Give each child an empty favor box or bag to collect their piñata prizes.

Or better yet, for the younger crowd, avoid the scramble by filling the piñata with pre-made favor bags. One for each guest assures no one leaves in tears. But make sure to add a little drama by adding biodegradable confetti and flower petals for the classic “burst piñata” moment!

Healthier Piñata Filler Food Options

When filling the piñata with food we'll need to be careful it doesn't rip open and spill out. I've seen way too many little fistfuls of dirty candy in my day!

  • Nestle a clementine inside a large plastic egg
  • Add a sticker to the top and bottom of the raisin box
  • Commercially packaged foods are made with impact in mind and will usually fare well

Creative or Crafty Birthday Piñata Fillers

Fish party favor bags - Birthday piñata filler ideas other than candy

Craft or art supplies are another potentially damaged item.

  • Choose supplies in a single piece – solid pencil VS stacking points
  • Rubber band crayons together for added strength
  • Group together supplies in a cute favor bag like these fish!

Is Your Birthday Piñata Ready to Go?

Dog piñata - Puppy party activity ideas for kids

I hope with all these ideas you feel confident to get out there and fill the perfect piñata! If you're having trouble finding one, or aren't sure if you should try making your own, check out the rest of this Birthday Piñata series. {coming soon!}

Until next time my friend,


  1. Stacey

    Honest question – 🙂 — How do these things hold up to a beating? :-O

    • Brianna Adams

      Honest answer – it depends on how many layers you add. The ones I’ve made have all been pretty tough to crack open. 😉

  2. PAM

    How about healthy piñata fillers for ADULTS? It’s not only kids breaking piñatas.

    • Brianna Adams

      That’s an excellent suggestion. I’ll have to add that to my list of post ideas. Thank you.

  3. Alice

    These ideas are so GENIUS!!!!!!! I bought a Easter bunny piñata not realizing how huge it is on the inside. It would’ve taken SO MUCH candy to fill up. However, thanks to these great tips about the fillers it evened out. 👏

    • Brianna Adams

      I am so happy that they were helpful for you. It can be tough trying to do favors, easter baskets, and pinatas without a ton of candy. I’m really glad that you were able to finish filling it up. I use these all the time with my own kids and they haven’t tired of them yet!

  4. Jaeda Hebert

    This was perfect list of things. I am looking to fill my own Piñata with my mom. (I am 11). Anyway this was a great list. Love it!

    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like the list. Hopefully you’ll be able to use it for a future birthday party! And I’m so happy to hear that you are starting your event planning young! Good for you.😉

  5. Karen Cunningham

    I was looking for a solution for pinata fillers for my grandaughter’s 9th birthday. With dietary concerns, age differences of my grandchildren (2 -12 years) and making sure its equal shares, the individual bags are brilliant!!!!! Thank you!!!!

    • Brianna Adams

      I’m so glad it helped you! that’s the reason I do what I do. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. Andrea Bloom

    Thank you so much! This is a great list and just what I was looking for!

    • Brianna Adams

      You are so welcome! I’m glad to hear it helped you out.


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Nice To Meet You!

Gingerbread houses in a row as table runner centerpiece for a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party I’m Bri of Parties With A Cause. I’m a mother to three crazy awesome kids, interior designer, & party planning junky. I love reading, globe trotting, and frozen yogurt. And I’m elevating the party experience one cause at a time! Read More

As Seen On

Catch My Party


I love it when you share! Please keep in mind that all images and text on this site are property of Parties With A Cause. Feel free to use one or two photos provided that a link back to my original post is included. Please do not remove any watermarks, crop, or edit any of my images without first obtaining written permission from me. All free printables offered are for personal use only. Purchased printables will come with their own terms of use. Pinning is always welcome and appreciated! Thank you!

Healthy food substitutions lists

Grab the Healthy Food Substitutions List for BEGINNERS

If you're ready to improve your lifestyle and the health of your family, join me in the "Healthy Hostess" movement. Where we serve great food to the people we love. With food that nourishes the body and events that feed the soul. Use this food subtitution list to plan more intentional holidays and gatherings. Collect healthier recipes, less stuff, and more meaningful memories, with me at Parties With A Cause. 

You are on your way to Healthier events! One food substitution at a time.

Pin It on Pinterest