How to Make a Pin the Tail on the Donkey

Written by wendy rose gould
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Pin the tail on the donkey is a popular children's game that's ideal for birthday parties, the classroom or even a lazy Saturday afternoon. Each player receives a paper tail. Blindfold each player and let him try to place the tail on the right spot on the donkey's body after a few dizzying spins. The player who pins the tail closest to the correct spot wins. With a few art supplies commonly found at home, you can easily create your own version.

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Things you need

  • White poster board
  • Markers
  • Pin board
  • Thumbtacks
  • Scissors
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Glue

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    Draw the side view of a donkey on a large sheet of plain white poster board. Take up as much space as you can to ensure the largest possible donkey. If you need help drawing a donkey, you can print out a template online, consult an online tutorial or purchase one in craft stores (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Colour and decorate the donkey with markers. Get the children to help.

  3. 3

    Attach the profile of the donkey to the pin board with thumbtacks. One thumbtack in each corner is enough to keep it in place.

  4. 4

    Cut five pieces of ribbon or yarn, each measuring one foot. Glue one end of all five pieces together to make the donkey tail.

  5. 5

    Glue the ribbon or yarn to a thumbtack to finish the tail. If you feel uncomfortable with thumbtacks, use a child-friendly alternative such as double-sided adhesive tape or sticky tack.

Tips and warnings

  • Make enough tails so each player has one. The tails will stay on the board until everyone has had a turn.
  • If you use thumbtacks, always keep an eye on young children while playing this game.

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