"This item is adorable. Unfortunately, I did not read the directions. This is not a pinata that you are supposed to hit with the stick. You are supposed to allow the children to pull the strings, so the candy/toys fall out. I let them hit it with the stick anyway. But, it never broke. The top broke first. Then, I let the last kid pull the strings but the candy didn't come out. We eventually did get all the candy out. The kids had fun. That's all that matters!"